B.S. in Sport Administration

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The University of Louisville offers a Bachelor of Science in Sport Administration. The undergraduate program is designed to prepare students to enter careers in the sport industry. The SPAD program has a diverse student population representing a variety of geographical, cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds.

The SPAD major includes 39 credit hours of required courses (including nine hours of career development and internship), nine hours of electives (students choose from many available courses), and six hours of HSS department courses. SPAD majors are encouraged to complete a minor, such as Business Administration, Communications, Community Health, Economics, Equine Business, Exercise Science, Finance, Management, or Coaching.

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Student Opportunities

Our students gain valuable experience working, interning, and volunteering on many significant service-learning projects for local and community agencies. We utilize many guest lecturers from sport business organizations each semester to speak with our students about how to excel as a business professional in the sport industry.

Opportunities in Louisville

The Louisville community provides numerous opportunities for students to gain practical experience while completing their academic programs. Our students have worked with local organizations such as Bellarmine University, Churchill Downs, YMCA, UofL Athletics, Louisville Bats, Louisville Slugger, Louisville Sports Commission, Mid-South Conference, and the KFC Yum! Center.

In addition, Louisville hosts dozens of major indoor and outdoor recreational and professional sporting events, including the Kentucky Derby, Ironman Triathlon, Kentucky Derby Festival, NCAA Championship Events, and Breeders Cup.

For details about program curriculum, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.

Prospective students must submit an online application for admission to the University of Louisville.

This program is open to all eligible students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.

For admission in good standing, prospective students applying with fewer than 24 earned credit hours at the college level must submit all of the following:

  • Official high school transcripts with a cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • Official transcripts with a cumulative GPA of 2.25 for all college credit earned


Regina Presley
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Room 104L - SAC E
rgpres01 @ louisville.edu
Sport Administration
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Sport Administration Program

Sport Administration Faculty

Opportunities for Graduates

Careers in the Sport Industry

In general, the sport industry is divided into commonly recognized segments, including, but not limited to, athletic associations such as the NCAA and high school athletic associations, facility management, event management, promotions and marketing, health and fitness, international sport, professional sport, and intercollegiate athletics. Within each of these segments, a number of diverse job opportunities exists, including, but not limited to, sales, marketing, box office management, ticketing, fundraising, player development, accounting and finance, facility operations, athletic training, operation of intramural sports, academic services for athletics, fitness club operations, outdoor recreation programs, compliance in college athletics, sponsor development, special event coordinator, sports information director, and media relations.

Visit the Sport Administration Internships page for more information

In addition to the financial aid opportunities offered by the University of Louisville's Financial Aid office, the College of Education & Human Development also has information about financial aid.