Why pursue a sport management degree at North Central College?

Most observers don’t realize that a career in the sport industry can require an extremely broad knowledge base. Our sport management major will provide you with both the broad-based curriculum and the practical experience you’ll need to succeed. In fact, this combination is what sets North Central sport management graduates apart from the competition.

What you can expect to experience in the Sport Management program:

  • Being engaged by faculty, administrators, and professionals with firsthand experience in sport business, athletic administration, and event management and more.
  • Listening to and learning from experts in the field talk about everything from sport as a global enterprise to running a local health club; from creating your own sport business to working for the largest sport marketing agency in the world; from negotiating professional athlete contracts to high school sport administration. The opportunities at North Central are endless.
  • Gaining professional experience through internships, job shadowing, and volunteering with one of the numerous Chicago area organizations connected with the North Central community.
  • Joining the Sport Management Association, an organization for students aiming to network and increase your marketability.
  • Traveling abroad to learn more about global aspects of sport.


Curriculum for the B.A. Degree

Major Requirements

A maximum of 51 credit hours in KIN allowed.

  • KIN 150 - History of Physical Education and Sport
  • KIN 250 - Introduction to Sport Management
  • KIN 251 - Introduction to Sport Management II
  • KIN 260 - Psychological Aspects of Coaching
  • KIN 320 - Sport and Recreation Marketing
  • KIN 322 - Sport Law and Organization
  • KIN 324 - Sport Event and Facility Management
  • KIN 497 - Internship
  • ACC 201 - Accounting Principles I/Financial
  • BUS 205 - Introduction to Business Law
  • BUS 362 - Management and Organizational Behavior
  • BUS 368 - Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 378 - Sales and Sales Management
  • BUS 384 - Human Resource Management
  • COM 230 - Business and Professional Communication
  • ECN 241 - Business and Economic Statistics
  • ECN 310 - Economics of Sports
  • LEV 230 - Conflict Resolution

One of the following:

  • KIN 390 - Special Topics in Sport Management
  • Three credit hours in BUS at the 300-level or higher

Prerequisite Course

  • ECN 250 - Microeconomic Principles

Recommended Minors

General Business, Marketing, International Business, Conflict Resolution, Leadership, Finance, Accounting, Broadcast Communication, Organizational Communication, Speech Communication or Coaching.

Curriculum for Sport Management Minor

21-24 credit hours, including:

  • KIN 250 - Introduction to Sport Management
  • KIN 251 - Introduction to Sport Management II
  • KIN 320 - Sport and Recreation Marketing
  • KIN 322 - Sport Law and Organization
  • BUS 168 - Marketing
  • BUS 205 - Introduction to Business Law
  • ECN 310 - Economics of Sports

One of the following (up to three credit hours):

  • KIN 497 - Internship
    • 200-level or higher course connecting sport to a wider context (with department chair approval)*

*Note: Courses should contain an applied sport management focus. Suitable examples include selected practical application courses (KIN 360, BUS 497, COM 497, MED 422, etc.) or some D-term courses.

Prerequisite Course:

  • ECN 100 - Economics of Social Issues -or-
  • ECN 250 - Microeconomic Principles


Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and to lead.


  • Chicago Bears
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Chicago Fire
  • Chicago Bulls/White Sox Training Academy
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Portland Trailblazers
  • Normal CornBelters professional baseball
  • Chicago Steel indoor professional football
  • Chicago Bandits professional softball
  • Sydney Kings Australian professional basketball
  • Sport Management Worldwide
  • Niblock Enterprises - Irish triathlon business
  • Wheatland Athletic Association
  • Neuqua Valley High School
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown
  • Super Bowl Host Committee
  • NCAA DIII Indoor

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in sport management have been accepted at:

  • North Central College
  • Illinois State University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • DePaul University
  • Lindenwood University
  • Campbellsville University


Recent graduates in sports management include:

  • Chicago Bears, ticket sales and service
  • Tampa Bay Rays, ticket sales
  • Box office coordinator, Chicago Red Stars women’s professional soccer
  • Head cross country coach, Campbellsville University
  • Marketing coordinator, Chicago Fire men’s professional soccer
  • Assistant manager, Title Boxing Club
  • Sports Marketing Manager, Premier Tourism Marketing
  • ESPN Associate Jr. Account Manager

How to Apply

International Applicants must submit:

  • North Central College online application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcripts that include at least 3 years of grades
  • Official university transcripts with course descriptions (transfer applicants only)
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, or ACT Scores (choose one)
  • Passport copy

*North Central notifies applicants of their admission decision and scholarship award within approximately two weeks of receiving a completed application.

Priority Admission Deadlines:

  • Fall entry (August): May 1
  • Spring entry (January): October 1


Program taught in:
  • English

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