Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organization Development, Sport Administration Specialization

Overview

Doctoral program in Sport Administration Brochure

Current Sport Administration Doctoral Students


This is a concentration of the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development program.

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Sport Management is a growing academic discipline, and our PhD is designed for those wishing to pursue a career as a college or university faculty member in Sport Management. The program has attracted students from around the world (United States, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Sweden) to study with the internationally recognized faculty. Our current faculty serve on multiple editorial boards, have authored or co-authored eight sport management textbooks, and have a long history of engaging Ph.D. students in research.

While there is no typical Ph.D. student, candidates with previous work experience in the sport industry as well as a clear research focus are preferred. Sport industry experience is extremely helpful for Sport Management faculty members since our discipline is very hands-on and the students we teach will be preparing for jobs in the industry.

We are proud to say that every student who graduated from our program is employed in a related academic or industry position. The job market is extremely competitive and students typically begin applying for jobs in the fall of their third year. Students who take advantage of the research, teaching, and service opportunities available to them while enrolled in the program have fared very well.

A Ph.D. program is by nature a research-oriented degree where students are actively engaged in research teams with faculty members and other doctoral students. Students will also submit proposals for presentations at national and international conferences and write for publications.

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Sample Plan of Study

The Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration/Educational Leadership and Organizational Development encompasses five specialties: P-12 Administration, Post-secondary Administration, Sport Administration, Human Resource Development, and Evaluation. It prepares graduates to understand and perform basic and applied research in their specialty area.

Sample Plan of Study for Ph.D. in ELOD with an specialty in Sport Administration

SPECIALTY COMPONENTS (42 hours minimum)

  • ELFH 710 Doctoral Seminar in Educational Administration (3)
  • ELFH 780 Problem Analysis in Educational Leadership I (3)
  • SPAD 701 Seminar in Sport Administration Research (3)
  • SPAD 702 Research Colloquium I (3)
  • SPAD 703 Seminar in Sport Consumer Research (3)
  • SPAD 705 Seminar in Sport and Social Issues (3)

Courses selected with program committee approval (24)

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY (27 hours minimum)

  • ELFH 601 Statistics and Methodology I (3)
  • ELFH 701 Statistics and Methodology II (3)
  • ELFH 703 Statistics and Methodology III (3)
  • ELFH 795 Dissertation/Portfolio Research (12)
  • Research Electives (6)

ELECTIVE COMPONENT (21 hours minimum)

Courses selected with program committee approval (21)

Previously taken graduate courses can be applied to the specialty component or elective component of the student’s program (up to 45 hours).

Contact

Doctoral Program Coordinator and Primary Contact:

Dr. Mary Hums, Professor, 502-852-5908, mary.hums@louisville.edu

Opportunities for Graduates

The job market is extremely competitive and students typically begin applying for jobs in the fall of their third year. Students who take advantage of the research, teaching, and service opportunities available to them while enrolled in the program have fared very well.

Listed here are a some of the positions our graduates have accepted upon completing our program:

  • Championships Manager, NCAA
  • Assistant and Associate Professors at schools and colleges around the world
  • Commissioner, Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
  • Tennis Representative, USTA
  • Head Lacrosse Coach and Assistant Athletic Director, Catholic University

Scholarships, Fellowships and Financial Aid

Funding opportunities for the program are limited and highly competitive, no different than at any other institution. Funding opportunities may take the form of a GTA (Graduate Teaching Assistant) in the SPAD program, the Health and Sport Sciences Department, the College of Education and Human Development, or other academic or service units on campus. Students may also be eligible for selected University Fellowships. There may be opportunities for PhD students to be paid to teach courses in the program. Student interested in loans or other financial assistance should contact the Financial Aid office at 502-852-5511, or visit the UofL Financial Aid website.

FAQs

1. Who is the contact for questions?

Dr. Mary Hums - mary.hums@louisville.edu

2. Do I need a master’s degree in sport administration to begin the Ph.D. program?

Students come from a variety of educational backgrounds. To ensure students have sufficient mastery of the core content areas, students may be required to take graduate level courses in sport administration as part of their specialty component or elective component.

3. What is the timetable to complete a Ph.D.?

Typically, it takes a full time student two (2) years to complete all of course-work in order to become eligible to take Comprehensive Exams. A dissertation typically requires 1-2 years of additional work. Students can finish the program in as little as three (3 years).

4. Are there opportunities for students to teach?

Opportunities available to teach undergraduate and graduate SPAD classes. PhD students have taught undergraduate Principles of Sport Management, Sport Finance, Sport Marketing, Legal Aspects of Sport, and Sport Facility Management. On the Masters level, PhD students have taught Organizational Behavior and Research Methods courses.

5. The degree is actually a PhD in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development (ELOD). What does that mean?

Many sport administration or sport management programs across the country are part of larger PhD programs. At the University of Louisville, ELOD is the umbrella degree for a variety of programs. This association allows us to utilizes the resources of the Educational Leadership program while still providing a comprehensive sport administration curriculum.

6. What are the admissions review dates?

October 1 and February 1. All paperwork is due before these dates to be considered for admission. Send all materials to: University of Louisville, Office of Graduate Admissions, 105 Houchens, Louisville, KY 40292.

7. How are applicants evaluated?

The following questions are a key part of the evaluation process: Is the applicant likely to succeed in doctoral study? Is there evidence the applicant possesses professional expertise and promise? Does this doctoral program (and chosen concentration) appear to be a viable match for the applicant's goals?

8. What are the required application materials?
  1. Graduate Application
  2. Resume or Curriculum Vita
  3. Recommendations (3)
  4. GRE Test Scores (TOEFL for foreign applicants)
  5. Transcripts — undergraduate and graduate
  6. Formal Statement of Goals

For a complete description of required materials, please visit the PhD in ELOD page.

9. What sources of funding are available?

Funding opportunities are limited and highly competitive, no different than at any other institution. Funding opportunities may take the form of a GTA (Graduate Teaching Assistant) in the SPAD program, the Health and Sport Sciences Department, the College of Education and Human Development, or other academic or service units on campus. Students may also be eligible for selected University Fellowships. There may be opportunities for PhD students to be paid to teach courses in the program. Student interested in loans or other financial assistance should contact the Financial Aid office at 502-852-5511, or visit the UofL Financial Aid website.