Graduate Studies

Sport Management

This integrated degree program allows eligible students majoring in Sports Broadcasting to complete an undergraduate degree in Sports Broadcasting (SBC) and a Master of Science in Sport Management (SM) within a five year period. Please refer to the Sport Management graduate program section for information including departmental contact information, a list of graduate faculty members, program description, and course descriptions.

Requirements for Enrollment

Undergraduate students may apply for admission to the integrated program during the Junior Year. Students can be accepted into the program two times per year (Fall and Spring). Application materials are due October 1 (for Spring entry) or February 1 (for Fall entry). Application materials include:

  • Declared undergraduate major in Broadcasting with a Sports Broadcasting emphasis
  • Application form
    • Coursework completed
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher
    • Completion of 60 credits (minimum of 30 credits at WIU)
    • Personal Goal Statement
    • Three letters of recommendation

All students who submit application materials on time will be scheduled to complete an interview. Interviews are held in November (for Spring entry) and March (for Fall entry) and are conducted by a committee consisting of faculty representing Sports Broadcasting and Sport Management. This interdisciplinary committee is responsible for determining acceptance into the program. Candidates will be identified and announced in December and April. Candidates not accepted are eligible to reapply the following semester.

Students will be fully admitted into the M.S. program in Sport Management up completion of:

  • Three graduate bridge (B-level) classes (minimum of 3.25 GPA in these three courses)
  • Completion of the undergraduate degree in Sports Broadcasting with an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher
Integrated Degree Program Description

The SBC/SM integrated degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in covering and/or producing a wide variety of sporting events. Students in the integrated program are allowed to use nine semester hours to satisfy both the Bachelor of Arts in Sports Broadcasting degree and the Master of Science in Sport Management degree.

Integrated Degree Requirements

I. Research Skills: 6 s.h.

KIN 511 Measurement and Statistical Analysis (3)
KIN 512 Research Methods in Kinesiology (3)

II. Core Courses: 24 s.h.

SM 545 Sport Facility and Event Management (3)
SM 546 Sport Governance and Policy (3)
SM 547 Financial Issues in Sport (3)
SM 548B Sport and Cultural Identities (3)
SM 555B Sport Marketing (3)
SM 558B Organizational Theory in Sport (3)
SM 561B Public and Media Relations in Sport (3)
SM 564 Legal Issues in Sport (3)

III. Directed Electives: 6 s.h.

BC 499G Fieldwork in Broadcasting (3)
Approved Elective (3)

III. Capstone: 6 s.h.

SM 620 Internship in Sport Management (6)