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Online Horse Racing Industry Business Certificate

UofL’s online certificate in Horse Racing is designed for current and aspiring industry professionals who are focused on building a successful career within the horse racing industry.

Develop the overall knowledge and skills essential for your success in the business of horse racing from a university located in the heart of the world’s most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby. The City of Louisville has a century-long love affair with the horse racing industry and embraces that connection in its arts, restaurants, museums, shops, and educational opportunities.

Collaborative efforts between UofL’s College of Business Equine Industry Program and horse racing industry specialists led to the creation of a uniquely tailored curriculum that addresses the most pressing issues facing the industry. Faculty expertise along with industry professionals will provide students a broad-based knowledge in the areas of crisis management planning, business ethics, sports and wagering analytics, leadership strategy, regulations, and industry nuances. The flexible, 100% online format allows you to better balance work, life, and education.

This certificate is applicable to professionals currently working or aspiring to work at the race track, as well as all stakeholders supporting the industry's infrastructure. Graduates will be highly competitive for jobs and will ultimately accelerate the success of their career.

The online Horse Racing Industry Business Certificate is offered by the College of Business at the University of Louisville.

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  • Gain functional knowledge of horse racing operations, marketing, law, communications, analytics, and leadership.
  • Acquire expertise and marketable skills fashioned for the horse racing industry.
  • Learn at your speed, on your schedule—100% online format with access anywhere, anytime, and on any device.
  • Experience an enhanced online learning environment with class segments taught by corporate fellows, integrated case studies, and guest speakers.
  • Connect and network with other professionals from across the industry.
  • Get a jump start on your MBA—credits earned in the certificate program apply to your UofL MBA, offered online and on-campus (you must apply separately to the MBA).
  • Receive a Credly badge upon program completion as a token of your skills and knowledge - add it to your signature, communications, social media, resume or personal branding materials.



No matter where you are in the world, learn the industry from a university located down the road from the Kentucky Derby.

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The certificate program is made up of only 6 courses (9 credit hours), taken 1-3 at a time.

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Complete your certificate in just 2 semesters.

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Online learning  - Online Horse Racing Industry Business Certificate

Fast-paced and global in scope, the horse racing industry's complexities and challenges define the need for leaders who meld innovation, technology, and character into a strategy for the future.

UofL's online Horse Racing Industry Business Certificate was developed to immerse students into the horse racing industry through business strategies that focus on innovative approaches to managing business operations. The curriculum was created using input from numerous focus groups, comprised of industry leaders from a wide variety of stakeholders involved in horse racing.

Students participating in this program will graduate with an in-depth knowledge of the issues that challenge the industry and insight into solving them with innovative business approaches.

This certificate provides students with the knowledge and understanding necessary to manage business operations in the horse racing industry. The curriculum focuses on the increasingly important area of issues and crisis management, communication, business ethics and responsibility, management, leadership, operations, racinos, racetrack and sports analytics, as well as legal and regulatory issues.

Graduates will have the education they need to advance their career in horse racing management positions.


Application Deadline Term Start Date
N/A Summer I N/A
N/A Summer II N/A
August 7 Fall I August 21
September 11 Fall II September 25
October 16 Fall III October 30
December 8 Spring I January 8
January 29 Spring II February 12
March 4 Spring III March 18

Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • $40 application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Official transcript(s) certifying the undergraduate degree
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

Note: GMAT/GRE scores are not required for admission to the online Horse Racing Certificate program.

Send all materials to:
Graduate Admissions
University of Louisville
2211 S. Brook Street
Louisville, KY 40292

For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email at online@louisville.edu.


The online Horse Racing Industry Business Certificate consists of 6 courses (9 hours), delivered in 5-week terms. Courses do not have to follow sequential order.

The Horse Racing Industry Business certificate curriculum was designed in close partnership with industry experts to ensure the curriculum meets current business needs. Industry professionals have been involved in identifying industry needs, building the preliminary curriculum, and refining the final curriculum.

Certificate students have two format options depending on their time availability and workload. EQIN 610, 650, & 630 are offered in the fall, while all classes are offered in the Spring. Therefore student may take one class at a time over two semesters (Fall and Spring), or two classes at a time and finish the entire certificate in the Spring semester.

Option 1 Classes
Fall I EQIN 610
Fall II EQIN 650
Fall III EQIN 630
Spring I EQIN 640
Spring II EQIN 620
Spring III EQIN 660

Option 2 Classes Classes (cont.)
Spring I EQIN 610 EQIN 640
Spring II EQIN 620 EQIN 650
Spring III EQIN 630 EQIN 660

Courses Hours
EQIN 610 Horse Racing Industry Overview 1.5
EQIN 620 Strategic Communications for the Equine Industry 1.5
EQIN 630 Management and Leadership of Equine Enterprises 1.5
EQIN 640 Racetrack Operations and Related Activities 1.5
EQIN 650 Equine and Sports Analytics 1.5
EQIN 660 Regulatory Law in the Thoroughbred Industry 1.5
Total Credit Hours 9

Course Descriptions

  • Will this help me network and get a job in the industry?

    While you will have the opportunity to network and connect with industry professionals, we cannot guarantee that this will result in a job or employment within the horse racing industry. You will develop skills and gain niche experience that will strengthen your resume and application, which can improve your odds of getting a job in the industry.

  • Does this program teach me to ride horses/allow me to become a jockey?

    No, this program does not teach you how to ride horses or to become a jockey. However, you will learn business skills and gain experience that will prove beneficial to the business side of horse racing.

    Students interested in acquiring experience that could be beneficial to jobs in the horse racing industry are encouraged to explore our 100% online MBA program. Credits earned in this graduate certificate can also count towards the MBA degree.

  • I don’t have a bachelor’s degree. Can I still apply for this program?

    This program is designed for students who have graduated with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university. A bachelor’s is currently required to apply. For the most up-to-date information, please see our Apply tab, or connect with one of our Online Learning Enrollment Counselors by email at online@louisville.edu or by calling 800.871.8635.