The University of Louisville SPAD program is truly about the people. From the Professors, to the fellow masters candidates, to the University community itself, this is a place that feels like a family. Working in conjunction with the athletic department, master’s students now have the possibility of the newly created adidas internship program. Through this internship program, the opportunities to work first hand with the athletic department daily, meet adidas executives and network through their brand are unlike any other opportunity in the country.Joe Caito, Sport Administration Student
The University of Louisville offers a Master of Science Degree in Sport Administration. The SPAD program has a diverse student population representing a variety of geographical, cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds. UofL SPAD graduates find jobs in professional sports, business and marketing, exercise science, physical education, collegiate and high school coaching, collegiate and high school athletic administration, recreation, health and fitness, and other areas of the sport industry.
The graduate program is approved (accredited) by COSMA (Commission on Sport Management Accreditation) and is designed to prepare graduate students to pursue or expand careers in the sport industry. For more information about the 2015 Student Learning Outcomes, click here. For information on program accreditation, click here.
SPAD is a great program because the faculty utilizes the curriculum in a way that not only allows for the students to excel in the classroom, but also out in the real world. We discover, dissect, and discuss topics that are applicable to any setting within our desired professions, whether it be in a sales office or in an administrative role.Charles Eisner, Sport Administration Graduate
Our curriculum is COSMA approved. Students take six required sport administration courses, two research methods courses, and complete an internship. In addition, students are required to take three elective courses. These can be any of the variety of sport administration electives or approved courses from other academic departments.
For details about this program, visit the Graduate Catalog.
Prerequisites: Admission to the CEHD or CPBA or officially accepted as a sport administration minor, and SPAD 381. This course is designed to introduce students to principles and practices of planning, funding, operating, and evaluating events within the sport industry. This course includes actual hands-on involvement with event planning and management.
An effort to understand the role of the American woman in sport. This course studies concepts about women, sport, and society in contemporary and historical perspectives.
Covers the application of various promotional strategies such as advertising, direct sales, sales promotion, and publicity and examines how those strategies are integral to a sport organization's marketing plan.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Selected projects of interest to sport administration faculty.
Examines basic financial and managerial accounting concepts necessary to be financially literate in the business of sport. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding annual reports, using financial analysis ratios, and examining methods for increasing revenue and controlling costs in the sport industry.
The course will examine several different types of sporting facilities. The course will also delineate the factors involved in the planning, design, and management of each facility. At the conclusion of the course, the student will be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of several facilities and will be able to design a hypothetical facility.
This course examines one or more topics in sport administration. Although new special topics are always possible, popular special topics in the past have included Sport Governance, The Sport Industry, Stress Management, Research in Sport Administration, Professional Team Sports, and Sport Publicity and Promotion.
Examination of the historical development of athletics within American institutions of higher learning with an emphasis on concepts and ideas that underlie the developments and major problems affecting contemporary intercollegiate athletics.
This course will introduce students to the unique nature of sport marketing as it relates to various business industries. This course is also designed to introduce students to all aspects of planning, organizing, marketing, evaluating, and conducting special and sport events. The class format will include lectures, group discussions, videotapes, and guest speakers.
Trends and issues of importance to the practitioner in sport administration.
Examines legal issues including negligence, constitutional law, product liability, administrative law, and contract law as it applies to the sport industry.
Supervised practical work experience in an organization or business related to student's academic field, area of specialization, or career interest.
Critical examination of research in education. Emphasis given to historical, empirical, and experimental methods of research; to techniques of research design and statistical analysis; and to skills in writing reviews and critiques of research literature.
Techniques used in developing the research project. Development of outline for action research project.
Note: Meeting GRE score and GPA minimums does not guarantee a student will be accepted to the program.
I chose UofL's Sport Administration program because it comes highly regarded throughout the country and because it offers a wide variety of courses to educate students about a variety of career paths. I have had many volunteer, internship, and hands-on experiences while a graduate student in the SPAD program that have helped further my knowledge in my desired career field of sport event management that I feel I could not receive from many other Sport Administration programs; it truly has been a one-of-a-kind experience!Brooke Gilbert, Sport Administration Alumnus
Prospective students must submit an online application for admission to the University of Louisville School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.
Applicants who have attended a college or university outside of the United States are also required to submit an evaluation of their transcript through either WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators). Please note that transcript evaluations can sometimes take several weeks.
Please have transcripts sent to:
School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
If transcripts are sent electronically,
please have them sent to the following e-mail: gradadm @ louisville.edu
In addition to these requirements, admission to the degree program may require completion of specific prerequisite undergraduate courses.
Faculty may require interviews in addition to written credentials as part of the admission process.
Applicants will be considered for admission during a given review cycle only if all of the above materials have been received by the due date. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The due dates for each review cycle are as follows: February 1 (for Summer or Fall Admission), April 1 (for Summer or Fall Admission), June 1 (for Fall Admission), and November 1 (for Spring Admission). After the initial review of admission materials, the committee members can either choose to reject the candidate without an interview or decide to proceed with an interview. Following the interview phase, the Admissions Committee makes its final recommendation to accept the candidate for admission or to deny admission.
If you have questions about applying to the program, please contact Delsie Essig, Admission Counselor, at 502-852-0953.
Department of Health & Sport Sciences
College of Education & Human Development
103 HP/Theatre Arts Bldg
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
In general, the sport industry is divided in commonly recognized segments, including, but not limited to, professional sport, intercollegiate athletics, voluntary athletic associations such as the NCAA and high school athletic associations, recreational sport, facility management, event management, promotions & marketing, health & fitness, and sporting goods retail operations, just to name a few. Within each of these segments, job opportunities exist ranging from sales, marketing, box office management, ticketing, player development, golf course management, accounting and finance, facility operations, athletic training, operation of intramural sports, restaurant management, pool management, academic services for athletics, fitness club operations, outdoor recreation programs, compliance in college athletics, internet web design, sponsor development, special event coordinator, sports reporters, sports editors, sports information director, sport talk show hosts, and other diverse and unique opportunities.
In addition to the financial aid opportunities offered by the University, the College of Education & Human Development also has information about financial aid.
Other financial aid opportunities available include graduate assistantships and other employment opportunities.
Once you are admitted to the program, you may request to transfer up to 6 credit hours if your UofL advisor approves the request. Transfer requests are then submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.
Most students can complete the program in 1 1/2 to 2 years. The length of the program typically depends on three factors:
Most classes are offered in the evenings (4:30 pm or 5:30 pm). All required courses are offered during fall and spring semesters. Additional courses are often offered during summer sessions.
More information on sport administration internships is available online.
Admissions are competitive. We receive between 100 and 125 applications each year. Over the last two years, we have enrolled 30-35 new students each year.