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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine


Master of Science Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

The M.S. NEP degree offers students of all undergraduate disciplines a pathway into nutrition and exercise physiology education and research, preparing them for careers in the health industry, academia, and public health, or further preparation for the Ph.D. degree. In this two-year program, students work closely with faculty members on a research topic in the broad fields of nutrition and exercise physiology.

As part of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, and with a strong network of clinical and community partner organizations throughout Eastern Washington and beyond, the department is well placed to provide training and research opportunities for students interested in clinical and community-based approaches to improving population health.

The M.S. NEP track generally requires four semesters and potentially a few additional terms based on individual student research projects. Students complete 32 graduate level credits covering a variety of topics, including a two-semester graduate seminar series and set of chosen electives. Eleven of the 32 credits are core credits and a minimum of 21 credits are of track-specific coursework. A minimum of 26 credits are graded and 6 are thesis.

The department is accepting applications for the M.S. NEP track to start fall of 2019. Contact Program Director Dr. Pablo Monsivais at to discuss your research interests and the program.


Prospective M.S. NEP students can have undergraduate degrees in any subjects. However, students accepted to the program must complete the following courses before official entry.

A minimum of one quarter or one semester is required, except where noted.

  • 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 are processed by the WSU Graduate School. The process includes: Application and Transcripts; Graduate Record Examination results; Personal Statement; Letters of Recommendation; English proficiency test scores, if applicable; and Interview.

Applications for admission are submitted online through the WSU Graduate School. There is an application fee. Deadline is January 10 prior to the start of fall semester.

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