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 Sports Administration 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: University of Louisville 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.


Course #  DescriptionCredit Hours
Core (27 credit hours)
SPAD 604 Financial Principles in Sport3
SPAD 605 Sport Facility Management3
SPAD 625 Sport Management and Leadership3
SPAD 635 Research in Sport Administration3
SPAD 637 Sport Analytics3
SPAD 683 Sport Marketing3
SPAD 684 Sport Policy3
SPAD 689 Legal Aspects in the Sport Industry3
SPAD 692 Internship in Sport Administration3
Electives (9 Hours) Courses approved by advisor9
Minimum Total Credit Hours36

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


Evan Frederick
Assistant Professor

Chris Greenwell

Sport Administration Program Director

Marion Hambrick

Assistant Professor

Meg Hancock
Assistant Professor

Interim Chair

Mary A. Hums

PhD Program Coordinator

Anita M. Moorman


Regina (Gin) Presley

B. S. Program Director

Sam Schmidt

Megan Shreffler
Assistant Professor

M.S. Program Director