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Top-Ranked Sports Management Degree in Chicago

Chicago has about six schools with programs in sports management. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

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School and Ranking Information

Students can choose from several public or private not-for-profit schools within 25 miles of Chicago if they are seeking a degree in sports management. Based on school rankings, student-to-faculty ratio and affordability, the following university is considered a top school for sports management studies in the Chicago area:

  • Winner: Benedictine University is located approximately 24 miles from Chicago in Lisle, Illinois. While the university does not offer a standalone sports management program, students can find this subject as an area of concentration within its Bachelor of Business Administration program.

School Info Chart

Category Benedictine University
Distinction Named among America's Top Colleges by Forbes Magazine (2014)*
Location Lisle, Illinois
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $25,516**
Sports Management Degrees Offered Bachelor's
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 52%**
Noteworthy Has one of the most affordable tuitions when compared to high-cost private not-for-profit 4-year colleges in the U.S.*

Sources: *Benedictine University; **NCES College Navigator

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Benedictine University

  • 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Integrative business curriculum
  • Internship opportunities available

Benedictine University enrolls roughly 6,400 students in 55 undergraduate and 16 graduate programs. While it is a Catholic university, the school embraces students from a diverse array of religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds. The Department of Undergraduate Business in the College of Business offers degree programs in areas such as accounting, economics, finance and management information systems. While pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Management and Organizational Behavior, students can choose to concentrate in sports management or sports marketing.

The B.B.A. in Management and Organizational Behavior - Sports Management program includes coursework in statistics, economics, marketing and management. Students concentrating in sports management are required to take courses on the role of sports in American culture and sports marketing. They must also complete two courses from a choice of business law or entrepreneurship. Students of the Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Organizational Behavior - Sports Marketing program take many of the same classes as those offered in the sports management concentration program, including core courses in economics, accounting and management. For the sports marketing concentration, students must complete two additional courses in human resource management and international business.

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