Sport Administration (MS)


Master of Science in Sport Administration 
Unit: College of Education and Human Development (GE)
Department: Health and Sport Sciences
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Academic Plan Code(s): SPADMS, SPADMS_O

Program Information

This program can be completed in a traditional classroom format or entirely online.

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.

Degree Summary

Core Coursework27
Minimum Total Hours36

Admission Requirements

Admission will be based on a holistic approach using the following:

  • GPA and GRE scores
  • Prior course work
  • Experience
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation 
  • Resume
  • A personal statement explaining interest in the program and long-term objectives

In addition, the student must complete the application procedure as required by the Graduate School. 

Students are recommended to have earned a grade-point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 point scale in their undergraduate program.  Successful students in the MS in Sport Administration program average a combined (verbal and quantitative) GRE score of 300 and a 4.0-4.5 on the Analytical section. 

Admission to the program is competitive.

Program Requirements

SPAD 604Financial Principles of Sport3
SPAD 625Sport Management and Leadership3
SPAD 635Research in Sport Administration3
SPAD 637Sport Analytics3
SPAD 645Sport Communication Theory and Practice (replaced SPAD 605, effective 2018-19)3
SPAD 683Sport Marketing3
SPAD 684Sport Policy3
SPAD 689Legal Aspects in the Sport Industry3
SPAD 692Internship in Sport Administration3
Select 9 credit hours of courses approved by advisor9
Minimum Total Hours36

Exit Requirement
Students must complete one of the following: 1) a written examination, 2) a research project, or 3) a thesis.