Why Choose EIU?
Graduate students in the M.S. in KSS are able to develop valuable professional networks that lead to full time employment upon graduation. We boast a rapidly growing alumni network and list of strategic partnerships that allow our students to connect with industry professionals in their selected area of concentration.
Ashley Green, Sporting Kansas City
Working in professional sport is a challenging yet rewarding endeavor. Ashley Green, a 2010 M.S. in KSS graduate in Sport Administration, is experiencing that first hand as an Account Manager for Corporate Partnerships with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer. Read more...
Creating an environment that facilitates global learning is vital to the development of our students. Each year, our program offers students the opportunity to travel to Winchester, England for a two-week intensive study program. This elective course engages our students in international discussions of sport, recreation, and exercise. Students enrolled in this course deliver guest lectures on the campus of the University of Winchester regarding sport in the United States. They then engage in critical discussions with students and faculty at Winchester covering the variety of issues facing industry professionals in Europe. This program takes students to London for tours of English Premier League soccer stadiums, Wembley Stadium, and the facilities that housed the 2012 London Olympic Games. In all, this experience allows our students to truly become international scholars.
The Sport Industry in the U.K.
Studying abroad represents an opportunity to engage your discipline as a global scholar. Each year our students have an opportunity to travel to England to develop personally and professionally. Our students and faculty pictured are on a day trip to Southampton, England and the English Premier League soccer club, Southampton FC's stadium.
The M.S. in KSS program boasts a number of capstone experiences designed to link theoretical principles learned in the classroom with practical experience. Our supervised experiences and mentored research opportunities are focal points of graduate education in each of our areas of concentration. All sport administration and sport pedagogy/coaching students complete an internship in the area of their desired employment. Our exercise science students complete a practical experience as trainers and administrators of the EIU Adult Fitness program, and the students in our clinical option also complete a supervised experience in cardiac rehabilitation at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in the neighboring city of Mattoon, Illinois. Further, students who choose to complete a thesis have the opportunity to become active scholars in their concentration area. These capstone experiences provide our students with hands-on doing and practical know-how employers seek, and immediately give our students the background to excel as the move down their chosen career path.
Facilities & Technology
Students in our program are afforded the opportunity to work with the most innovative and effective technologies and facilities available for the study of kinesiology and sport. The video below provides a glimpse as to life and study in the M.S. in KSS program at EIU.