M.S. in Sport Management - Non-Thesis Option
(42 credits)

The non-thesis option provides students with a comprehensive education in the key areas of sport management. Students complete a minimum of 42 total credit hours of graduate-level coursework.  In addition to the sport management core courses, students develop competencies in research methods, which are fundamental to managerial success. The non-thesis option also provides students will the ability to select electives that will facilitate their professional development. Finally, students in the non-thesis option complete a cumulative experience by enrolling in an internship. The internship enables students to apply course materials, gain practical experience, and to develop their professional network. As one of the oldest and most established Sport Management programs in the world, Western Illinois has a rich network of alumni contacts in all areas of the sport industry who are very eager to work with emerging professionals.  Below is a list of the coursework that is required in the degree program.


Research Core (6 credits)

  • KIN 511 Measurement and Statistical Analysis
  • KIN 512 Research Methods

Sport Management (24 credits)

  • KIN 545 Sport Facility and Event Management
  • KIN 546 Sport Governance and Policy
  • KIN 547 Financial Issues in Sport
  • KIN 548 Social and Ethical Issues in Sport
  • KIN 555 Sport Marketing
  • KIN 558 Organizational Theory in Sport
  • KIN 561 Public and Media Relations in Sport
  • KIN 564 Legal Issues in Sport

Approved Electives (6-8 credits)

Internship (4-6 credits)

  • KIN 560 Internship



Non-Thesis Option

Internship in Sport Management

The internship, KIN 560, is the required capstone experience for all Sport Management graduate students. The student must receive special permission to enroll in this course. Based on a student's graduate degree plan, a student earns 4, 5, or 6 semester hours for this experience. The practical work experience with a sport organization ranges from a 12-week 480 hour experience to a 16-week 640 hour experience. As part of this capstone experience, the student must also complete a written synthesis component.