Leadership &

In this area of study, students explore the art and science of leading, motivating, and supervising individuals, groups, and organizations.  Students learn how to lead from day one of their career. 

This emphasis is designed to develop students’ abilities by

  • cultivating leadership and management skills
  • developing an understanding of the critical areas of leadership, management and negotiation

advancing skills in problem-solving, relationship-building, communication and professional development.

Management Competencies

Program highlights:

  • Excellence.  NIU’s faculty are award-winning faculty and bring their real world experience to the classroom.
  • Tailor your studies.  The curriculum enables students to pursue electives for specializing their leadership skills in their personal areas of interest.
  • Internships. Students gain valuable work experience through internships in small and large organizations.
  • Alumni Support and Networking.  Alumni serve as mentors and coaches for every student, providing career guidance and support.  Over 100 speakers come to campus each semester to meet with students.
  • Student Organizations.  There are five student organizations in the department


NIU graduates enter careers that call upon their broad-based skills in managing action, information, and people in for-profit and non-profit organizations. Recent graduates with an emphasis in Leadership and Management have taken positions after graduation, such as:

  • Executive Team Leader
  • Manager in Training
  • Consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Sales Strategist
  • Client Service Specialist
  • Global Intelligence Analyst
  • Technology Coordinator

What do our alumni say?

The program provided so many opportunities that helped shape who I am today. It honed my work ethic and confidence as a leader – recognized qualities that have built my brand in my current role and continue to contribute to my successes. Some of my most memorable and valuable experiences are the connections and access I had (and still have) with my professors, the student-led and extracurricular activities, and the direct access to professionals.” (BB, alumnus)