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MS Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

Admissions Requirements

COVID-19 Adjustments for Fall 2021

In response to the continuing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology will waive the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirement for admission to the MS CPD, MS NEP, and PhD NEP for Fall 2021.


Applicants to the MS NEP can have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

They must also have:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the MS NEP prerequisite courses
  • No grade lower than a C in any individual prerequisite course

MS NEP Prerequisites

The following prerequisite undergraduate college courses are required. As a general rule, all prerequisite coursework should be no more than seven years old at the time of application. However, each situation is reviewed on an individual basis. Please contact our Academic Coordinator at for more information.

  • Exercise Physiology (should be complete at the time of application)
  • Nutrition (should be complete at the time of application)
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry (2 quarters or 1 semester)
  • Physiology


Applications for admission are submitted through the WSU Graduate School. Deadline is January 31 every year. The MS NEP admits for fall semester only.

Required Application Materials

  1. WSU Graduate School Application
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Writing Sample
  4. Resume
  5. 3 to 4 Letters of Recommendation
  6. TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB scores, if applicable (Minimum scores and English language proficiency waivers)

Admissions Timeline

Applications are released to the MS NEP Academic Coordinator following the January deadline. An initial analysis is conducted to confirm completion of prerequisites. Next, the applications are submitted to the MS NEP Director and Admissions Committee. Each application is read and scored using a common rubric. The Admissions Committee meets to discuss the scored applications and narrow the pool of candidates to a group of individuals they wish to interview for admissions. Interviews are rated using a common point system and the score is added to the overall application score.

Interviews typically take place in February or early March. The top candidates are offered admission by the end of March. A waitlist is maintained in the event that some candidates decline admission.

Learn more about the MS NEP

Admissions Details
Required Courses
WSU Academic Calendar
WSU and NEP Schedule of Classes
MS & PhD NEP Student Handbook


Cost & Financial Info

WSU Graduate Tuition and Fees
WSU Spokane Financial Aid
Scholarships & Assistance
Spokane Housing Info
Establishing WA Residency

Contact information

Jill Wagner
NEP Academic Coordinator