Admission Detail

Programme offered under an agreement with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development- an Institute of National Importance

The 2-year MBA programme will incorporate the requisite business management courses along with comprehensive information and knowledge about sports, esports and online gaming businesses, and the management of various companies in these industries. Business courses during this 4-semester programme will include Principles of Business Management, Finance, Economic Principles, Marketing Fundamentals, Human Resource Management, Leadership & Governance, Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Specialised courses on Sports, Esports, Online Gaming and various business aspects related to it will provide the students the knowledge and depth to take on premier roles in these dynamic industries. The aim of the MBA programme is to create future leaders with an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship for the sports and esports industries.

Overview of the Indian Sports and Esports Industries

The sports and esports industries in India are growing at a rapid pace. While the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the largest cricket league and one of the biggest sports leagues in the world, many more sports such as football, kabaddi, badminton, volleyball, motorsports, hockey, contact sports, golf, tennis are growing at a healthy pace, and the need for sports business professionals to manage companies and other entities is increasing. India’s sports media and sponsorship industry reached INR95 billion in FY2020 and is expected to reach INR150 billion by 2024, according to a Sporjo-FICCI report. The Indian sports and fitness goods market reached a value of INR134.70 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.6% during 2021-2026 to reach INR221 billion, according to a report by the IMARC Group.

Similarly, in esports, the tremendous growth of many new-age unicorn companies has opened multiple opportunities for professionals.  The online gaming market, including esports, reached INR43.8 billion in FY2018 and is expected to grow further at a CAGR of 22.1 per cent during FY18-2023, and reach INR118.8 billion, according to a KPMG-IFSG report. The number of gamers has increased multi-fold, and this has also led to similar growth in companies in the industry over the same period. Rapid growth in digital infrastructure, favourable demographics and rising disposable income, increase in the interest of international e-sports organisations in India, and the rise in investments in the sector are the major reasons for this growth. While the esports market is at a nascent stage now, it is expected to grow five-fold over the next few years, thereby resulting in a sizeable rise in the revenues of the entities within this sector.

Sports and esports are sunrise industries in India and the exponential growth trend expected in the future will ensure that sports management professionals will be in high demand. The world of sports and esports is a very dynamic one and the professionals employed in these industries need to keep abreast of developments on a continuous basis. Apart from the developments in these industries, it is also important to be aware of the overall social, economic, political, and technology-related factors affecting the industries. The growth is resulting in sports and esports becoming very viable career options. However, there is a lack of knowledgeable and skilled professionals to cater to the demand in these industries. The Whistling Woods International School of Sports & Esports Management is at the forefront of developing the right kind of management professionals who are in sync with the requirements of both these sectors and can hence carve a rich value-driven professional career in these vibrant industries.

Course Structure

The 2-year Master of Business Administration in Sports & Esports Management has been designed to create job-ready management professionals for the Sports, Esports, and Online Gaming industries.

The course structure and summary are as follows:

Management & Core (MC) Courses

The Management courses will include business courses such as Principles of Business Management, Finance, Economic Principles, Marketing Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership & Governance, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Promotion. These courses are essential to provide students with knowledge to function effectively in a managerial position. This knowledge and training impart them with the confidence to run a business organisation successfully.

The Core courses are specialised and comprehensive ones on Sports, Esports, Online Gaming and various business aspects related to it that will provide the students the knowledge and depth to take on premier roles in these dynamic industries. The curriculum is aligned to meet the needs of the industry and provide students with the requisite training to be valuable as managers to any stakeholder in the business of sports. The aim of the MBA programme is to create future leaders with an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship.

 

MBA – SPORTS & ESPORTS MANAGEMENT: Semester-wise Distribution of Credits
  GENERAL EDUCATION SUBJECTS CORE SUBJECTS SUMMARY
General Education (GE) Theory Hours

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Study

General Education (GE) Practical Hours

of Study

Management

& Core (C)

Theory

Hours

of Study

Management

& Core

(C) Practical

Hours

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Study

Total

Credit

Total

Hours

SEM 1 0 0 0 0 16 270 2 60 18 300
SEM 2 0 0 0 0 15 225 6 180 21 405
SEM 3 0 0 0 0 18 90 4 120 22 390
SEM 4 0 0 0 0 8 90 14 420 22 540
TOTAL COURSE CREDITS & HOURS: 83 1635

Eligibility for MBA in Sports & Esports Management: BBA in Sports & Esports Management OR Equivalent qualification & relevant work exp., Graduate from any Recognised Board/University.

*All the content of this website are subject to change at the discretion of the management.

Admission Policy – 2022 Intake

(Programme offered under an agreement with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development- an Institute of National Importance)

Programmes Offered & Seats:

The Programmes offered & Available Seats are mentioned in the table below:

No PROGRAMME NAME TOTAL SEATS ELIGIBILITY
U6 MBA in Sports & Esports Management 20 P.G. Diploma in Media & Communication of WWI OR Equivalent qualification & relevant work exp., Graduation, from any recognised University.

Application Process:

Candidates to apply through the ONLINE Application process only.Click here to apply and follow the self-explanatory process. Application Fee of Rs. 3000 to be paid through the Online Payment Gateway only.

Exam Date 13th, 14th, 15th December

Selection Criteria:

The Selection Criteria is as given in the table below:

 No. Component 1 (MCQs) Weightage % Component 2 Weightage % Component 3 Weightage % Component 4 Weightage %
U6 GAT 30 VIVA/ G.D 20 SOP 20 P.I 30

GAT: General Aptitude Test

G.D: Group Discussion

SOP: Personal Statement of Purpose

P.I: Personal Interview

Points to note:

  • Due to the unprecedented times, as per the rules and guidelines suggested by the Government of Maharashtra, all the entrance exams will be conducted online, until further notice.

For each admission round, there will be certain dates to remember which will be updated on a regular basis on the Whistling Woods International website www.whistlingwoods.net:

FORMALITIES TO BE COMPLETED ON SELECTION:
Will be mentioned in the Selection Intimation Emails sent to Selected Candidates.

ADMISSION HELPDESK CONTACTS:
Mob. Nos.: +91 8451803851 / +91 8451803852 / 022-62716070 (Mon to Sat: 10.30 am – 6.30 pm).
Email: admissions@whistlingwoods.net

RESERVATIONS:
As per Government of India norms, 15%, 7.5% and 27% reservation is available to Scheduled Caste, Schedule Tribe and Other Backward Classes (non-creamy layer) respectively, for each of the programs. In addition, supernumerary seats are allocated to Persons With Disabilities (PWD) {3%}, Kashmiri migrants {1%} and children of the Armed Forces Employees {5%}

MERIT LIST PREPARATION:

  • Merit Lists will be prepared for each Program according to the Aggregate Scores of all the three Components of the Selection Criteria, according to the Reservation Policy of the Institute.
  • Individual Selection Intimation Letters along with the Scores Obtained in each of the Components of the Selection Criteria will be sent by Email to all Selected Candidates.
  • Waiting List Candidates will not be sent any intimation, they can check their status with their respective Admission Advisors. In an event that they are upgraded to Selected List, only then they will be sent individual Selection Letters.

ADMISSION RULES:

  1. Canvassing in any matter for securing admission shall render a candidate disqualified
  2. Eligibility rules as specified for each course shall be strictly followed and shall not be relaxed under any circumstances. Candidate should satisfy himself / herself that he / she fulfil the eligibility requirements prescribed for the admission to the concerned course of the study.
  3. Candidates awaiting result of qualifying examination may also apply for admission with the clear understanding that their selection will be entitled to admission only if they fulfil all eligibility requirements of concerned course of study at the time of admission.
  4. Changes, if any, made in the admission rules and / or in the eligibility criteria from time to time shall be applicable to candidates seeking admission in the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development even after notification.
  5. Application form shall not be transferred from one course of study to another under any circumstances.
  6. A candidate whose qualifying examination is not Recognised by this university shall not be eligible for admission. All such Application Forms / admissions shall be rejected / cancelled.
  7. Application forms may be rejected if in case of the following
    • Incomplete Application
    • Received without requisite fee
    • Received after the Last date
    • Received with Invalid documents. And no correspondence shall be entertained in this regard. No relaxation in the last date shall be granted.
  8. Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development assumes no responsibility what so ever in the event of failure to report on the due date and time by the candidate for appearing in the Admission Test.
  9. The medium of all Test Shall be English only. Visually challenged candidates appearing for test must bring their writers along with them.
  10. PWD candidates must submit a written request for the same at least seven days before the scheduled date of the Test in the Office where they submitted their Application Form.
  11. PWD candidates who have been provided with a writer may be given an additional time of 30 minutes of the Test duration.
  12. Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development-WWI reserves the right to make changes in the notified Admission Test Schedule.
  13. In case, any candidate who does not meet the eligibility criteria prescribed for the concerned course of the study appears in the Admission Test, he / she shall be doing so at his / her own risk and cost, and if at any stages, it is found that the candidate do not fulfil the eligibility requirements, the admission, if granted, shall be cancelled.
  14. No separate intimation letters will be sent to the candidates wait-listed.
  15. No correspondence shall be made to candidate not selected for admission. Similarly, the Application fee shall not be refunded.
  16. Selected candidate shall be allotted course / Branch / Main Subject / Specialization on merit as per their preference indicated in the application Form.
  17. All admission shall be provisional.
  18. Selected Candidates shall not be allowed to complete admission formalities in absentia.
  19. Candidates not reporting for admission on the stipulated date and time, shall forfeit his / her claim for admission. The offer of admission shall stand cancelled and no correspondence in this regard shall be entertained.
  20. No candidate shall be admitted unless he / she has completed all the eligibility requirements at the time of admission. Candidates awaiting results of their Supplementary / Improvement examination shall not be considered for admission.
  21. Candidate is required to produce the original Mark sheets / Certificates, including the statement of the marks qualifying examinations with the requisite percentage of marks at the time of reporting for admission, failing which he / she shall not be allowed to complete the admission, and the offer of admission shall stand cancelled and no further correspondence in the matter shall be entertained.
  22. Mark sheet / Grade sheets / certificates downloaded from the Internet shall not be accepted at the time of admission.
  23. The candidate selected for admission shall have to deposit the attested photo copy of qualifying examination in the Office at the time of Admission.
  24. No candidate shall be eligible to peruse a full time course of study if he / she is already admitted to any full – time course of study in Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development.
  25. Candidates perusing any full time course of study is required to get his/ her name removed from the rolls of the University / College / Institution where already admitted, and submit a certificate to this effect from the concerned authority at the time of reporting for admission to the course (including evening Courses and Professional Courses under Centre for Professional courses) for which he / she may have been provisionally selected.
  26. Candidates enjoying employed status and selected for admission to any full – time course of study in the university, are required to produce leave sanction / relieving order at the of admission from their employer for the duration of the course permitting them to peruse their studies at Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, failing which the offer of admission shall stand withdrawn.
  27. The candidate selected for admission shall have to submit the Original Migration Certificate from the Head of the Institution / University last attended at the time of admission. Candidate who is not in the position to submit the Migration certificate at the time of admission, shall give anundertaking on prescribed Proforma to submit the same within six months from the date of admission, failing which the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development reserves the right to cancel his / her admission.
  28. The university reserves the right to get any student medically examined and if found medically unfit, the admission of such students will be cancelled.
  29. If any error / omission in the processing / verification of certificates / documents of a candidate is detected after the candidate is admitted to a course in the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development has the right to cancel such admission at any stage at which error / omission is deducted.
  30. If it is found, at the stage, that a candidates,
    • does not fulfil the eligibility requirements
    • has used fraudulent means to secure admission
    • has made false or incorrect statements in the application form.
    • has not singed / marked thumb impression on the application form or somebody else has done so on his / her behalf.He / She shall not be allowed to complete the admission formalities, or in case already admitted, his / her admission shall be cancelled, ipso, fact
  31. In case, of cancellation of admission by a candidate, after the closing date of admissions, the Application fee paid by him/ her will not be refunded.
  32. Answer sheets and other relevant material pertaining to the Admission Test of all candidates and Application Forms of all the non – admitted candidates will be weeded out after 3 months of the Closing Date of Admissions. Therefore, in case of any dispute regarding admission, the matter must be filed within 3 months of the closing date of admission after which the relevant records may not be made available.
  33. The closing date for all admission in the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, except those courses / categories for which separate notification will be made. Any vacancy arising after the date of enrolment of the candidate in any course shall not be filled.

Tuition Fees & Security Deposit

Program Duration (Yrs) Program Fees (₹) Fees Breakup Security Deposit (₹) Total
Infra Cost Equipment & Material Project Cost Tuition Fees
MBA in Sports & Esports Management 2 6,00,000 3,00,000 1,00,000 1,25,000 75,000 50,000 6,50,000

* GST as applicable (currently 18%) would be additional and is not reflected in the above-mentioned amounts.

Payment Installments**

Course Payments Installments
Acceptance Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 3 Sem 4 Total
Other Fees Total Sec Dep TF OF Total TF OF Total TF OF Total TF OF Total TF OF Sec Dep
MBA in Sports & Esports Management 2,00,000 1,00,000 50,000 25,000 25,000 1,00,000 12,500 87,500 1,50,000 25,000 1,25,500 1,00,000 12,500 87,500 6,50,000 75,000 5,25,000 50,000

** Security Deposit & Taxes (subject to changes based on Taxation norms) are included in the above installment amounts.

Notes:

  • All Graduate & Post-graduate Degrees and Diplomas are awarded by the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), which is an Institution of National Importance by Act of Parliament No.35/2012
  • All amounts are payable to are payable through the WWI online payment portal. The link to the same will be mentioned in each invoice that the student receives. Students can pay by NEFT / RTGS / online electronic transfer. Details for online transfer of funds are available with the Accounts Office.
  • Examination Fees, payable on an annual or semi-annual basis, are additional. You will be intimated of the same.
  • GST has not been levied on any of the Programs based on prevalent taxation rules / guidelines for educational institutions. However, these are subject to change. Any taxes levied by the government / taxation authorities would be additional & intimated to students with appropriate notice
  • All amounts are listed & payable in Indian Rupees, for both Indian and International students.
  • All payments made by Indian nationals must be accompanied by the Permanent Account Number (PAN) of the payee, without which fees will not be accepted.
  • All fees are as mentioned are for the program as a whole, and are being collected over installments to reduce the burden of paying large amounts on the student. The semester-wise payments are not reflective of the value of the program completed till then or the value charged specifically for that semester.
  • The Semester 1 installment includes a security deposit. This is non-interest bearing and refundable on program completion or withdrawal, subject to deductions.
  • The ‘Acceptance’ payment is payable within two weeks of being accepted into a program. If a student is accepted within two weeks of program commencement, then it is payable on registration day.
  • The ‘Acceptance’ payment is non-refundable, although it can be carried forward for a maximum of 2 intakes, subject to management approval. The Fee policy applicable to students who push forward their admission will be the one that is active when the student does join the program. WWI refunds the ‘Acceptance’ installment to students only in case they withdraw under exceptional circumstances 45 days before program commencement. An amount of Rs 75,000/- (+ taxes as applicable) will be retained by WWI as Application processing & Admission Costs.
  • Semester 1 fees are payable on Registration day, which may be a few days prior to program commencement. All other installments are payable 1 week before the commencement of each Semester, except for the final Semester. All payments listed under the Final Semester of each program have to be paid before the penultimate semester is completed.
  • Once a Semester has commenced, all fees paid / payable upto the end of that semester are non-refundable. Should a student leave his/her program mid-semester, all fees paid / payable are non-refundable but any fees paid in advance for future semesters will be refunded, with the security deposit, subject to deductions.
  • Transfer of fees across / between programs is subject to management approval, on a case-by-case basis, and will involve a re-calculation of fees based on the existing fees in the new program & the amount already paid by the student and where in the program (which semester) the student chooses to transfer:
  • If a student changes specialisation mid-program from a program with a lower fee to a program with a higher fee, the fee difference, on a retrospective basis (for the semesters already completed), is to be paid by the student before commencement of the next Semester.
  • If a student changes specialisation mid-program from a program with a higher fee to a program with a lower fee, no refunds will be made retrospectively for fee differences, if any in the Semesters already completed, and, irrespective of such differences, fees payable for future Semesters have to be paid as per the fee policy.
  • If a student wishes to withdraw from the program between 2 semesters, he / she has to convey the same in writing to the Dean and the Administration Manager atleast 2 weeks prior to Semester commencement. After such date, entire fees payable for that semester will be applicable.
  • The institute undertakes all refunds of fees & security deposits only twice a year – in the months of September and March. So all refund requests processed during the year are disbursed only in these months.
  • In case of refunds or claims sought, the student will hold Whistling Woods International alone responsible for the same as it is the institution that is delivering the education as the implementation partner of RGNIYD. Whistling Woods International has indemnified RGNIYD of the same.
  • Any scholarship / fee waiver / fee adjustment extended to a student will be used to reduce the fees payable for the ultimate (final) Semester of his/her program. If scholarship / fee waiver amounts are higher than those payable for the final semester, then the balance over & above that will be used to reduce the amount payable for the penultimate semester, and so on.
  • A delay in Fee Payment will attract a penalty of Rs 5,000/- per week. Each act of cheque bouncing / dishonour of cheque will attract a penalty of Rs 5,000/-.
  • Health Insurance is mandatory for all students. Whistling Woods International provides a group health insurance policy, the cost of which is already built into the fees. There is no additional payment needed for the same.
  • Program Fees do not include any additional study tour costs. While such additional costs are rare, they will need to be borne additionally as and when required. Due notice will be given to students for the same.
  • Students of specific programs would need to acquire some hardware / software / supplies, as under:
    • All students being accepted into the Animation & Gaming programs need to acquire a high-end windows laptop of specifications – 8-core 2.5Ghz i9 processor, a high-end graphic card on par with NVIDIA RTX 3080 and a minimum of 32gb DDR4 RAM). This is needed to be acquired before their 2nd year commences. Exact specifications will be given to students in their 2nd semester based on the prevailing requirements base on the software that they will need to deploy.
    • Students being accepted into the Direction & Producing specialisations of MA Filmmaking need to acquire a MacBook Pro laptop [MacBook Pro i7 Processor (m1 chip recommended) & 8 Gb RAM (16Gb recommended)] & a good quality headphone. WWI will provide exact specifications to the students in April 2022, based on new models being launched. WWI also has student discounted pricing details of which will be made available to the student.
    • All students being accepted into the Producing specialisation of Filmmaking need to acquire Movie Magic Budgeting & Movie Magic Scheduling software, which will be made available to them at a reduced cost (currently the amount is 149US$ each, but may change going forward).
    • All students of the Music Production & Composition programs will need to acquire MacBook Pro laptop with minimum specifications: MacBook Pro i7 or i9 Processor (m1 recommended), 32GB RAM, a good quality headphone, a MIDI controller keyboard, a license of ProTools software, Sibelius software and a license of the Apple Logic Pro X sequencing software. Changes to the same, if any, will be intimated at the time of admission.
    • All students being accepted to the Fashion Design program will need to acquire an Art Material Kit, a Sewing Kit, a Trend Forecasting WGSN subscription and some fashion reference books. The cost of the WGSN subscription is Rs 10,000/- + GST per year as of now. However, it is subject to change each year. Additional details will be provided on admission.
    • Students other than the above-mentioned programs need not acquire their own laptops and can use the computing assets available on campus, but it is recommended that they acquire one after their 1st year.
    • All students would need to acquire good quality headphones. Given health concerns, we do not recommend sharing of headphones between students.
    • All students will need to subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud software annual subscription. They will be allotted an Adobe CC subscription license which they can use both on & off campus. The same will be made available at a heavily discounted rate of Rs 6,500/- per yr. This will reflect separately in the invoice for Sem 1, 3, 5 & 7, as applicable.
  • University norms mandate that a student needs to complete his / her undergraduate degree within 5 years of program commencement, irrespective of breaks taken for medical matters or term repeat requirements. If multiple breaks cause the students to cross the 5-year threshold, they will need to re-register as a new student. The same is also applicable in case of credit transfers from other universities, or for students who have taken a break and are looking at re-commencing their education at WWI.
  • Whistling Woods is facing litigation with respect to its campus in Filmcity, Mumbai. WWI has secured relief through interim orders passed by both the Hon. Supreme Court of India on September 22, 2014 and the Hon. Bombay High Court on July 30, 2014, on WWI’s Review Petition challenging the Hon. Bombay High Court’s February 2012 decision on the matter. In its order of July 30, 2014, the Hon. Bombay High Court has allowed WWI to continue its educational activities unhindered until the Review Petition is finally disposed off and in its order of September 22, 2014, the Hon. Supreme Court of India has reaffirmed that decision. The Maharashtra State government, through its Cabinet has taken a decision, in late 2018, to allot the land on which the campus is situated to WWI on a long-term lease subject to High Court clearance. The Cabinet Note for the same is available in the Maharashtra government public documents section. The lease agreement finalisation currently underway and will be presented before the High Court soon. In case there is any update on this matter, adequate intimation / notice will be given.
  • Fee Policies as above are subject to change at Management’s discretion. Appropriate notification of the same will be given to all students. Excessively delayed fee payments may be cause for cancellation of enrollment of student.

*All the content of this website are subject to change at the discretion of the management.

SEM Course Type Course Code Course Title Theory Credits Practical Credits Total Credits Total Hours Number of Lectures (3 hours each)
1
Management MCMC 4101 Marketing Management 1 2 0 2 30 10
Management MCMC 4102 Statistics and Data Presentation 2 0 2 30 10
Management MCMC 4103 Introduction to Economics 2 0 2 30 10
Management MCMC 4104 Principles & Practices for Management 2 0 2 30 10
Core SPMC 4101 Global Sports Industry Business 2 0 2 30 10
Core SPMC 4102 Indian Sports Industry Business 2 0 2 30 10
Core SPMC 4103 Online Gaming Business 4 2 6 120 40
TOTAL 16 2 18 300 100
2
Management MCMC 4201 Finance 1 2 0 2 30 10
Management MCMC 4202 Marketing Management 2 2 0 2 30 10
Management MCMC 4204 Strategy & Business Models 3 0 3 45 15
Management SPMC 4201 Fundamentals of Valuation 2 2 4 90 30
Core SPMC 4202 Sports Management & Marketing 4 2 6 120 40
Core SPMC 4203 Sports Broadcast Industry 2 2 4 90 30
TOTAL 15 6 21 405 135
3
Management MCMC 5101 Finance 2 2 0 2 30 10
Management MCMC 5102 Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Promotion 2 0 2 30 10
Management SPMC 5101 Human Resource Management 2 0 2 30 10
Core SPMC 5102 Fan Engagement & Monetisation 2 0 2 30 10
Core SPMC 5103 Business of Esports 4 0 4 60 20
Core SPMC 5104 Esports Content Creation and Monetisation 2 2 4 90 30
Core SPMC 5105 Business of Cricket and Sports Leagues 4 2 6 120 40
TOTAL 18 4 22 390 130
Management MCMC5201 Finance3 2 0 2 30 10
4
Management SPMC 5201 Leadership Skills and Governance 2 0 2 30 10
Core SPMC 5202 Sports & New-Age Technology 2 2 4 90 30
Core SPMC 5203 Sports & Esports Law 2 0 2 30 10
Core SPMC 5204 Capstone Project — Sports 0 6 6 180 60
Core SPMC 5205 Capstone Project — Esports 0 6 6 180 60
TOTAL 8 14 22 540 180