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The Master of Science in Human Sciences in the College of Health and Human Sciences offers a broad, interdisciplinary program, preparing students for careers in exercise, nutrition, recreation, and sport professions. The program leads to a Master of Science in Human Sciences degree with three concentrations in Exercise Science, Nutrition and Dietetics*, and Sport and Recreation Studies. In addition, the fourth concentration is an Interdisciplinary concentration that allows students to create a program of study specific to their career goals.

Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours including a research core, a professional development course, and concentration-specific courses. The research core requires 3 credit hours of research methods, 3 credit hours of statistics or analytics, and 3-6 credit hours of a culminating project. For the culminating projects students will choose from one of four options: thesis, research paper, professional development project, or internship. If the thesis or research project option is selected, submission of the completed paper must comply with the rules of the Graduate School. Additional requirements for the degree are specific to the respective concentrations of Exercise Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, Sport and Recreation Studies, and Interdisciplinary. All students must maintain a minimum 3.0 (4.0 point scale) grade point average and earn a C or better in all graduate-level classes to be eligible to graduate.

All students must submit a Program of Study with a Graduate Faculty member in the first semester of graduate school.  All Program of Study forms will be approved by the Graduate Program Committee prior to the beginning of the second semester of graduate school.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Human Sciences

Required Courses

Human Sciences Core (10 - 13 credit hours)

  • KIN 500: Research Methods (3 CH)
  • PH 513: Analytics (3 CH)
  • Variable: Culminating Project (3-6 CH)
  • SHUS 503: Human Sciences Seminar (1 CH)

Professional Development (choose 1-3 credit hour course)

  • FN 581: Nutrition Seminar (1 CH)
  • PH 506: Communicating Public Health (3 CH)
  • PH 508: Leadership in Public Health (2)

Select One Of The Following Concentrations:

Exercise Science Concentration (12-15 credit hours of KIN graduate courses; an additional 3-6 credit hours of approved courses are also required)

Interdisciplinary Concentration (15-18 credit hours of human sciences approved course work)

*Nutrition and Dietetics Concentration (15-18 credit hours)

  1. Nutrition & Dietetics: 12 credit hours from approved FN courses and additional 3-6 elective credit hours are also required
  2. Nutrition & Dietetics and Dietetic Internship*: 12 credit hours from approved FN courses; 9 hours supervised practice (FN 580A, FN 580B, FN 580C) and additional 3-6 elective credit hours are also required.

The Master of Science Degree in Human Sciences with a concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics is coordinated with the Dietetic Internship Program. The curriculum is designed to provide advanced study in community nutrition and public health/nutrition policy and provide a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised practice (dietetic internship). Students who successfully complete the M.S. in Human Sciences’ coursework and a minimum of 1000 hours of the accredited dietetic internship must be verified by the program director to then be eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians. The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) sets Standards of Education for entry-level dietetics education. ACEND® is the only accrediting agency for dietetics education programs recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE).  Continued recognition by the USDE since 1974 affirms that ACEND® is a reliable authority as to the quality of dietetics education program that it accredits. Programs accredited by ACEND® meet the education requirements established by Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR). The Dietetic Internship program at SIU has been granted accreditation through 2028 by ACEND®. In addition to admission requirements below, students need a Verification Statement for having completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics issued by an ACEND®-accredited program director.  Admission to the Dietetics Internship program is separate from admission to the SIU Graduate School, please see the Dietetic Internship Coordinator for information on admission to this program.

Sport and Recreation Administration Concentration (15-21 credit hours of KIN, REC, or other approved courses)

Accelerated Master's Program

The accelerated M.S. in Human Sciences allows motivated and high achieving students to complete a program leading to completion of an undergraduate degree and Master of Science degree in Human Sciences in five years in a specific concentration area (e.g., Exercise Science, Nutrition, Sport & Recreation Studies). Nine credit hours are double counted toward an undergraduate and a master’s degree. Students will apply for the accelerated program in their junior year.