Bachelor of Science of Applied Management (BSAM)

Bachelor of Science in Applied Management (BSAM)

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Management (BSAM) is designed for professionals holding Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Whether you are currently working or just finishing your degree, the applied management opportunity creates a unique pathway for career advancement in your field.

Open to individuals with AAS degrees from any community college! NIU will need to approve your technical area of emphasis.

BSAM courses are designed for working adults and will be delivered at the following locations:

The BSAM Pathway

  • First, complete an AAS degree approved by NIU that links to a specific area of emphasis. Current areas of emphasis:
    • Public Safety – for individuals persons with approved AAS degrees in criminal justice, law enforcement, fire science or emergency management
    • Computer Science – for individuals persons with approved AAS degrees in computer information systems fields
    • Instructional Technology, Training and Evaluation – for individuals persons with approved AAS degrees in computer software development, graphic design, library and information studies, management and related fields

Your AAS degree contains general education credits that transfer to NIU.  In addition, NIU will grant up to 30 proficiency credits based on the technical content of the AAS.  Proficiency credits are posted when you have completed all other degree requirements.

  • Second, contact the program advisor to review your AAS degree and professional goals. You'll identify remaining general education courses you can take at your local community college before (or while) you take your NIU courses.  The advisor will direct you to NIU's Admissions Office when you are ready to apply for admission.
  • Third, complete 45-48 credit hours online or at on- and off-campus locations in the northern Illinois region.
    • 21 credit hours in “common core” classes will enhance your management, operations and communications skills, all within the context of your chosen field.
    • 24-27 credit hours in a BSAM area of emphasis directly linked to your profession.

If you have general questions about the BSAM degree, contact Andrew Kopecky, Credit Program Coordinator, 815-753-8788.