Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

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Priority deadline:

  • Fall deadline January 31


  • Spokane

International Student English Proficiency Exams

  • TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB for international applicants only

Degree Description:

Regular physical activity and proper nutrition are the cornerstones of health promotion and chronic disease prevention. The teaching and research foci of the NEP graduate programs provide advanced training in both disciplines. As a department in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, and with a strong network of clinical and community partner organizations throughout Eastern Washington and beyond, we are well placed to provide training and research opportunities for students interested in clinical and community-based approaches to improving population health.


The PhD NEP degree offers an intensive research and training experience in the broad fields of nutrition and exercise physiology. Students are matched and work closely with a faculty mentor on research topics with application to clinical, community, and population health. Applicants must have a bachelor’s and master’s degree. The degrees can be in any field, however, students must complete all prerequisite courses prior to entry into the program.


Admission Requirements:

Applicants to the PhD NEP must complete the following courses before officially entering the program. A minimum of 1 quarter or 1 semester is required.

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology



  • Bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in any discipline
  • 3.0 overall GPA in undergraduate degree
  • 3.0 average in prerequisite courses
  • No individual prerequisite course with less than a C grade (C- not accepted)



  1. WSU Graduate School Application
    • Choose the General Application
  2. Statement of Purpose
    • Suggested Guidance: Please provide a 250-500 word statement of purpose that introduces yourself and motivations for advanced graduate training. Summarize your undergraduate education and any graduate work you’ve done so far. Finally, please describe how your work or life experiences relate to your academic journey and your long-term goals, and how our program will help you achieve those goals.
  3. Research Interest Statement
    • Suggested Guidance: Your research interest statement should be a 500 word single-spaced narrative. It should include a brief summary of your past or current research (e.g., what are the key questions in your research project?). What did you find? Do you have experience with grant funding? Did your work lead to academic publications or presentations? This statement should also describe your current research interests, even if only in general terms, and/or which faculty in our program align with your interests or are engaged in research you may be interested in pursuing.
  4. 3 letters of recommendation
    • Two must be from academic references (professors or lab instructors), and one from a professional reference (work or volunteer supervisor)
  5. TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB language proficiency exam
    • Required for international applicants only

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is no longer required for admission to the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology.


Contact Information:

Jill Wagner, Academic Coordinator
WSU Spokane HERB 318
412 E Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA