Sports Management Graduate Program Expands to WIU-Quad Cities Campus in Fall 2022 to Kick Off 50th Anniversary Celebration – Western Illinois University

Sports Management Graduate Program Expands to WIU-Quad Cities Campus in Fall 2022 to Kick Off 50th Anniversary Celebration

April 20, 2022


MACOMB/MOLINE, IL — Western Illinois University’s sports management graduate program is gearing up for a festive 2022-23 academic year. WIU’s program is one of the oldest and most established graduate sports management programs in the nation, and the master’s degree will mark its 50th anniversary this fall.

WIU will begin offering the Master of Sports Management program on the WIU-Quad Cities campus, beginning in fall 2022. Classes will be offered through live, in-person, and online streaming formats.

WIU Kinesiology Chair Renee Polubinsky said the degree will provide graduate students with the opportunity to tap into the rich and diverse athletic landscape of the tri-state area and help meet the needs of employers across the region. region.

“This exciting news will give students in the Quad Cities area the chance to stay locally, as amply indicated by the survey we circulated to area students as part of the program needs assessment,” Polubinsky said.

Additionally, Sports Management Professor Katja Sonkeng hopes the program, with its long tradition, history and solid reputation, will bring vibrant community engagement to the Quad Cities campus and mutually beneficial partnerships with regional sports giants, such as TBK Bank Sports Complex and YMCA des Deux Rivières.

“There are endless career opportunities for future sports professionals. Students can seek employment at all levels of sport, recreation and fitness. However, more often than not, students aspire to become athletic directors at the interscholastic or college levels,” Sonkeng said.

Many graduates of the program have gone on to occupy prestigious leadership positions in the sports industry and academia, including general manager of a professional sports franchise, public relations coordinator, athletic director, director of sports communications and vice president. communications.

WIU Vice President of Quad Cities Campus Operations Kristi Mindrup said the expansion of the sports management program to the Quad Cities campus as the program celebrates its 50th anniversary comes at an exciting time.

“The programs offered on the Quad Cities campus are intended to align with both student interests and community needs,” Mindrup said. “The announcement of the expansion of the TBK Sports Complex, along with a rich tradition of sports-focused venues, programs, teams and events, opens the door for WIU and our current and future partners to create new learning experiences and career paths for students that will contribute to the future of sport in the Quad Cities region and beyond.”

Students can now apply to be part of the study program. For more information about the program, visit wiu.edu/coehs/kinesiology/graduate_programs/sm/ or email [email protected]

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