The MS in Sport Management at NIU is one of the leaders in the field of academic sport management programs. Our relationship with the nationally renowned MBA program at NIU helps the sport management program emphasize the business aspect of the sport industry. The program's core values include leadership, communication, and business excellence, which is exactly what the industry is demanding. Sport is a multi-billion dollar industry in the U.S. and worldwide, and preparing students to operate in that business environment gives them an edge over other master's programs. When students complete their degree at NIU in the MS in Sport Management program, they are ready to work for various sport organizations in professional, intercollegiate, private, and international businesses, as well as the fitness management and recreational fields.
The program was initiated in 1986 and was approved as a Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed) with a specialization in Sport Management by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) in April of 1991. The initial program has undergone several changes since its inception, with each new phase improving the overall quality of the program. The most recent change occurred on January 5, 2001 when the IBHE approved NIU to offer a Master of Science (M.S.) in Sport Management, which became effective with the fall term of 2001. NIU is one of few institutions in the nation to offer a master's level degree in sport management, a distinction that attracts many students to our program as they work to meet the needs of the sport industry.