Jul 24, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Science in Sport Management

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This 30-semester-hour program is designed to prepare students for a management career in the sport industry. Students attain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in preparation for various sport managerial careers in athletic and sport clubs, and intercollegiate athletics, professional and amateur sports, equipment merchandising, and sport consulting.

University Honors students with a B.A. or B.S. in a related field are guaranteed admission into the M.S. in Sport Management as space permits.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/clearinghouse/outcomes/index.shtml.

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.


Students seeking the M.S. in Sport Management degree must complete 21 semester hours of required core coursework along with 9 semester hours of electives. 

Non-Thesis Option

Select one from the Research Core (3)

Required Core Courses (18)

Other course work

  • Electives with approval of graduate program adviser (9)

Thesis Option

Same requirements as the non-thesis option except that LESM 699A, Master’s Thesis (6), and one 3-semester-hour graduate-level course in quantitative or qualitative analytical techniques approved by the adviser are taken in place of elective coursework (9).

Requirements for Accelerated B.S./M.S. in Sport Management

The accelerated program leads to both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Sport Management. Students who want to complete this program must identify themselves to the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education as undergraduate majors and gain successful entry to the M.S. in Sport Management program. Early admission to the M.S. in Sport Management program will be on a competitive basis, and the likelihood of admission will depend on the number and quality of the applicants to the program. 

Eligibility requirements for application to the M.S. in Sport Management program through the accelerated B.S. in Sport Management program are: 

  • Undergraduate majoring in sport management. 
  • Completion of at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate designated course work as approved by their advisor. 
  • Minimum of 3.00 GPA. 
  • Completion of all application requirements, including application to the graduate school, statement of purpose, resume, two letters of recommendation, and transcripts for all college course work. Qualified applicants will undergo a preadmission interview. Qualified applicants may undergo a preadmission interview with the program faculty. The GRE will be waived for students. 


Students must complete a minimum of 90 semester hours of undergraduate designated course work as approved by adviser and outlined in their B.S. curriculum for the accelerated B.S./M.S. degree. Students accepted into the M.S. in Sport Management degree will matriculate into the program during the summer of their final undergraduate year. The graduate-level courses taken in the B.S./M.S. accelerated degree are the same as those taken in the stand-alone M.S. in Sport Management program.  

Up to 15 semester hours of the M.S. in Sport Management core courses can be counted toward the 120 hours needed for the undergraduate degree. Students must complete all undergraduate requirements and receive their B.S. degree by the end of the spring semester of their fourth year. After completing all requirements required in the Graduate Catalog, students will receive their M.S. in Sport Management degree.

Students must gain successful entry to the M.S. in Sport Management program, complete all general education requirements, and earn at least 105 semester hours of undergraduate credit by the end of their third year. Beginning with the summer semester between their third and fourth year, students will complete their culminating undergraduate internship (6 credit hours of LESM 486). Successful completion of summer, fall, and spring courses will count toward the final 15 hours of the undergraduate degree. 

Failure to meet requirements of the accelerated sequence may lead to a B.S. degree only, but only after all the requirements for that degree have been met. Students should work closely with their advisor to ensure their progress towards both degrees.


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