Help People Achieve Their Fitness Goals with an Online Master’s Degree in Sports Nutrition
Are you passionate about health and wellness? Do you want to help athletes feel and play their best? If so, a career in sports nutrition may be right for you! Liberty’s online Master of Science (MS) in Human Performance – Nutrition is a great option for students who want to receive advanced training in exercise science and sports performance.
This program can help further your knowledge in the areas of exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports nutrition, statistics, and research methods. Upon graduation, you could go on to develop effective nutritional plans for athletes and other client populations.
Partner with us and learn how to help people lead healthier lifestyles.
*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.
What is a performance nutritionist?
A performance nutritionist helps athletes develop diet plans that enhance performance and recovery.
How much can you make with a master’s in nutrition?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary for dietitians and nutritionists is $66,450 per year. This field is projected to grow 7% from 2022 to 2032, which is much faster than the average for all industries.* By completing Liberty University’s online nutrition degree, you can pursue exciting opportunities in this booming industry.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Dietitians and Nutritionists (viewed online Nov. 28, 2023). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
How long does it take to get your master’s in nutrition?
At Liberty, you can complete an online master’s in sports nutrition in under 2 years. We offer a fast, flexible path to graduation that lets you further your education without uprooting your personal and professional life.
Do you need a bachelor’s in nutrition to get a master’s in nutrition?
Not necessarily! Different schools have different requirements. At Liberty, you can pursue your master’s in sports nutrition regardless of what bachelor’s degree you have.
What’s the difference between a Master of Science and an MBA in Sports Nutrition?
MBA programs equip students with core business skills, often with the option to pursue a specialization in a specific topic. In contrast, an M.S. degree offers targeted training in a specific subject. In other words, an MBA is a broad degree while a Master of Science is more focused and specialized.
Why Choose Liberty University’s Nutrition Degree?
At Liberty, we’re committed to Training Champions for Christ. In keeping with this mission, we’ve designed a cutting-edge program that can help equip you for the real world. Earn your degree at Liberty and develop the tools you need to pursue your career goals.
Choosing Liberty means choosing…
Flexibility | Most of the classes in this program are offered 100% online and have no set login times. You can complete your coursework whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for you — even from the comfort of your home!
Dedicated Faculty | In this program, you’ll study under professors who have years of experience in the field of exercise science. Our faculty are eager to share their expertise with you and help you gain vital, marketable skills.
Hands-On Training | As part of this sports nutrition master’s program online, you’ll complete 2 residential intensives. These intensives will give you the opportunity to visit our beautiful campus in Lynchburg, Virginia, where you can gain hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art human performance labs. You’ll also have the opportunity to connect in person with other students and faculty and expand your professional network while visiting campus.
What Will You Learn in Our Online Master’s Degree Program in Sports Nutrition?
Learn how to help athletes train effectively and avoid injuries, particularly through the use of personalized nutrition plans.
In this program, you’ll analyze the human body’s responses to exercise and training. You’ll also study the physiological factors that determine anaerobic and endurance performance in athletes. With this knowledge, you can prepare to equip amateur, collegiate, or professional athletes to play their best.
Learn how to use high-accuracy tools and statistical models to analyze and interpret training data. At Liberty, you’ll gain hands-on experience developing nutritional plans that promote rehabilitation and higher performance. Whether you want to work with athletes or help the general public pursue healthier lifestyles, our MS in Human Performance – Nutrition can help.
The nutrition specialization explores basic principles of nutrition as well as how to prevent foodborne illness. You can also learn how to treat chronic disease using nutritional therapy. By learning about the development and treatment of diabetes and eating disorders, you can help people overcome health challenges and work toward a brighter future.
At the end of the program, you will complete either a thesis or an internship, allowing you to demonstrate your academic expertise or gain marketable, on-the-job experience.
- HLTH 640 – Principles of Nutrition
- HLTH 642 – Food-borne Illness Prevention
- HLTH 643 – Public Health Nutrition
- HLTH 644 – Diabetes, Obesity, and Eating Disorders
Highlights of Liberty University’s Master’s in Nutrition Program
- We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of Niche.com’s best online schools in America. Earning your online M.S. in Human Performance degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
- Your success is our success, which is why we’re committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years — and counting.
- You can complete this online sports nutrition degree in under 2 years!
Online M.S. in Sports Nutrition Degree Information
- This program falls under the School of Health Sciences.
- Download and review the Degree Completion Plan for Liberty University’s nutrition program.
- View our Graduate Health Sciences Course Guides (login required).
- You will complete either a thesis or an internship.
- This program contains a mix of online courses and 2 residential intensives.
Military Benefits for the Master’s in Sports Nutrition Online Degree
Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.
As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:
Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
What Jobs Can You Get with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition?
Liberty’s sports nutrition degree online can help you pursue many career paths in the world of exercise science. Some of the roles you may qualify for after completing this degree include:
- Fitness trainer
- Healthcare specialist
- Medical fitness specialist
- Nutrition and exercise specialist
- Wellness coach
Admission Requirements for the Master’s in Nutrition and Human Performance
A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Admission application
- Application fee*
- Official college transcripts
- Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
- Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)
*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses — documentation verifying military status is required.
**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.