Application Deadlines

The application deadline for both Domestic and International students is Februrary 15th. 

Required Tests

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for entry into the Master of Science in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences program. Minimum scores of 280 (verbal and quantitative); or an 800 for tests taken prior to 2011, are required. These scores must be received directly from ETS. To have scores sent to Montana State University, use code 4488. Applicants should take the GRE exam no less than 4 months prior to their anticipated admission date.

International Applicants

English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived.

Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student.

Additional Admission Requirements

For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal.


The Department of Health and Human Development offers a Master of Science degree with an option in exercise and nutrition sciences with two programs of study: 1) exercise physiology and nutrition, and 2) sport and coaching sciences.  The exercise physiology and nutrition program allows students to focus on understanding the determinants of physical activity and energy expenditure, adaptations to exercise that impact human work performance and disease risk, and exercise metabolism and nutrition.  Although not required, a graduate student may earn a verification statement by completing required classes in the MSU dietetics program in order to become a Registered Dietitian. The verification statement is needed in order to apply to an accredited dietetic internship.  The sport and coaching sciences program is designed to meet the need in advanced coaching and sport science abilities at the local, state, national and international levels.  Course work includes knowledge pertinent to coaches of all sports at developmental, competitive, and high performance levels as well as sport administrators in both public and private sectors. 

Depending on the student's goals, undergraduate degree, and course work, additional courses may be added or deleted to supplement the curriculum.