The College of Education and Human Development's Sport Administration (SPAD) program at the University of Louisville prepares undergraduate and graduate students for a variety of management positions in the sport industry. The goals of the faculty and the program are to create an active learning environment for each student and to encourage students to demonstrate a commitment to education, community involvement, and their fellow students. A strong foundation in education, community service, peer networks, and alumni networks is invaluable to students as they prepare to enter the sport industry. Exceptional theoretical and practical knowledge gained through the SPAD program will also provide students with the foundation to become the next generation of leaders, decision makers, and managers in the sport industry.
The University of Louisville offers a Master of Science in Sport Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Sport Administration. We also offer a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development. The SPAD program has a diverse student population representing a variety of geographical, cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds.
The University of Louisville Sport Administration program is ranked 9th in the nation for the best Sport Management Degree programs. The program is one of the highest ranked among ACC programs and others in the geographic region. Additionally, the Sport Administration Master's program is ranked 40th in the world and 10th in the United States by Eduniversal.
The Sport Administration program has partnered with the University of Louisville Athletic Association (ULAA) and adidas to create a formal internship program. The program offers 20 positions in various areas in the ULAA. Students participating in the program are awarded a $5,000 scholarship; travel opportunities, including a trip to adidas headquarters in Portland, Oregon; professional development with adidas and ULAA executives; and additional program benefits. The adidas Internship is a highly competitive program. To be considered for an adidas Internship, prospective students must apply to the Sport Administration program by February 1.
The UofL Sport Administration Association enhances and supports the educational experiences of its members by encouraging students to meet and listen to guest speakers, visit and tour facilities, work with local organizations, attend conferences, plan and organize events, and work with local organizations. The association offers opportunities for members to become involved in the sport industry, provides access to industry professionals, and helps members prepare for their professional careers. The association also organizes extracurricular activities such as intramural teams, leadership and volunteer programs, and social outings at athletic events.
Congratulations to SPAD professor Dr. Chris Greenwell, who received the 2016 Stotlar Award at the annual Sport Marketing Association (SMA) conference. This award honors and recognizes sport marketing educator who reflect the mission of SMA in their mentorship of doctoral students. More information about this award can be found here.
Congratulations to SPAD MS graduate Stephen Butler, who was included in the 2016 Louisville Business First Forty Under Forty. Butler and the other honorees included on this list “are making important contributions in our business community. Their charitable efforts also make Louisville a better place to live.” More information about Stephen and this award can be found here.