M.S. in Sport Administration


Sport Administration Program          MS Sport Admin Online

Joe Caito

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.

Joe Caito, Sport Administration Student

The University of Louisville offers a Master of Science in Sport Administration. The graduate 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 36 credit hours of required courses (including three hours of internship) and nine hours of electives (students choose from many available courses).

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 this program, visit the Graduate Catalog.

Note: Meeting GRE score and GPA minimums does not guarantee a student will be accepted to the program.

Brooke Gilbert

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

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must submit an online application for admission to the University of Louisville School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.

  • The minimum requirement for admission is the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. Applicants are required to submit all official transcripts as verification of coursework and degree(s).

    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

  • Each applicant is required to submit a current resume or curriculum vita.
  • Applicants are required to submit a formal Statement of Goals which 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.
  • Each applicant is required to submit at least two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant's academic and/or professional capabilities and potential. 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.
  • For GRE scores prior to August 1, 2011, a minimum combined (verbal and quantitative) score of 1000 is required for unconditional admission. For GRE scores taken August 1, 2011 or after, a minimum combined (verbal and quantitative) score of 293 is required for unconditional admission. Other professional school entrance exams such as the MCAT and the GMAT may be considered upon permission from the program director. Please note that applicants who exceed the combined verbal and quantitative score of 1000 (previous scale) or 293 (new scale) are not guaranteed admission into the program.The GRE requirement will be waived for students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    Please note: when submitting GRE scores through ETS, have scores sent to the general University of Louisville code, 1838.
    Need help preparing for the GRE? Sign up for a GRE Information Session.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all foreign students from countries in which English is not the native language. Students holding a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States are exempt from this requirement.
  • For unconditional admission, students are required to have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher or have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and have successfully completed the GRE, meeting the requirements stated above.

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 Lynne Ernst, Admission Counselor, at 502-852-7697.


Learn more about our SPAD program faculty.

Evan Frederick
Department of Health & Sport Sciences
College of Education & Human Development
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Sport Administration Faculty

Opportunities for Graduates

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.

Visit the Sport Administration Internships page for more information

Financial Aid

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.

I have some credit hours from another program/university. Can the credit be transferred?

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.

How long is the program?

Most students can complete the program in 1 1/2 to 2 years. The length of the program typically depends on three factors:

  • academic pace - most students take 9-12 hours per semester
  • work schedule - many students either volunteer or work in the industry during their program
  • internship choice - some students complete their internships while taking classes, some choose to complete their internships during the summer, while others prefer to complete their class work before starting their internship.

When are the classes?

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.

How does the internship program work?

More information on sport administration internships is available online.

How many students are admitted to the program each year?

Admissions are competitive. We receive between 100 and 125 applications each year. Over the last two years, we have enrolled 25-30 new students each year.