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Master of Science in Sport Administration

Major: SPAD
Degree Awarded: MS
Unit: GE
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Program Information

The Master of Science in Sport Administration is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).

The College of Education and Human Development's Sport Administration (SPAD) program at the University of Louisville prepares 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.

Program admission procedure:

The recommendation to admit an applicant is made by an Admissions Committee made up of faculty in the Sport Administration Program.  A preliminary decision is based on the following: U of L Graduate Application, all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, goal statement, current resume, GRE test scores, and at least two recommendations for the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (Note: Applicants may submit up to three recommendations).   Applicants are strongly encouraged to have at least one recommendation from a University faculty member who is familiar with the applicant’s work as a student. A formal Statement of Goals should explain in 500 words or less why they want to be admitted into the program and what they plan to do with a Sport Administration degree.  A minimum combined GRE test score of 293 (verbal and quantitative section) and 4.0 on the Analytical section and undergraduate GPA of 2.75 is desired.


Core (27 hours)  
ELFH   600  Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics 3
HSS    604  Research Methods in HSS 3
SPAD  605  Sport Facility Management 3
SPAD  604  Financial Principles in Sport 3
SPAD  625  Sport Management and Leadership 3
SPAD  683  Sport Marketing 3
SPAD  684  Sport Policy 3
SPAD  689  Legal Aspects in the Sport Industry 3
SPAD  692  Internship in Sport Administration 3
Electives (9 Hours)  Courses approved by advisor
Minimum Total Hours 36

Exit Requirements - Students must complete one of the following: written examination, research project, or thesis

Departmental Faculty

Chris Greenwell, PhD

Professor, SPAD Program Director

Marion Hambrick, PhD

Assistant Professor, M.S. Program Coordinator

Mary A. Hums, PhD

Professor, PhD Program Coordinator

Gary Bernstein, MS


Meg Hancock, PhD


Anita M. Moorman, J.D.  

Professor, Interim Co-Chair

Regina (Gin) Presley, MS


Megan Shreffler, PhD
Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Sport Administration - MS

Chris Greenwell

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