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Sport Administration

The sport administration curriculum focus is on the business side of the sport industry and was developed to meet the standards of the Sport Management Program Review Council. The sport administration program provides graduates with a strong technical foundation and the sport business skills necessary to successfully enter the field of sport management.

Sport is a $453 billion dollar industry. Given the economic magnitude and pervasive nature of sport in society, the need has never been greater for educated/trained sport managers. However, competition is fierce for entry level positions within sport. Those with the best education have the best opportunity to obtain a position and be successful. Sport administration students will have an opportunity to earn a career-oriented degree with employment opportunities in a growing industry.


Quick Info

Program Code


Real-World Learning Components

Required internship(s)


4 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus
22.0 - 25.0
970 - 1140


Sport Administration
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services


PO Box 210014
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0014
CECH Student Services Center
Phone: 513-556-2336

Student Success Factors

Successful sport administration graduates must have technical sport business skills as well as conceptual skills to see the big picture. Additionally, a successful sport manager must have a high level of interpersonal skills to build and maintain positive relationships with an array of constituents. Sport administrators also require excellent communication skills and the ability to lead and motivate others.

Sport management success depends upon critical thinking and creative problem solving with an emphasis on teamwork. However, the most important factor to success is a love of sports.

Career Possibilities

There are approximately five million people working in sport-related occupations. Graduates are prepared for a variety of positions in professional sports, college athletics and high school athletic administration. Career opportunities exist within sport associations and sporting events as well as the management of sport venues. Other opportunities include the field of health and fitness, recreation, and within the sporting goods industry.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

UC's sport administration full-time bachelor's degree program is designed to be completed in four years. Course work toward the degree encompasses these areas:

General studies provide a strong foundation in the liberal arts. Courses include written and oral communication, mathematics, science, history, and the social sciences.

Foundational studies include courses in accounting, marketing, and computer technology.

Concentrated study in sport include sport specific courses in ethics, psychology, economics, marketing, management, finance and development, law and governance, public relations, facility and event management, professional selling and current topics.

Minor Details

A minor in sport administration is available.


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Special Programs

The sport administration program includes a significant number of “free electives” to provide the student with the flexibility to pursue a business minor, learn a foreign language, or study an area of interest.
Students will have the advantage of sport coursework taught by faculty who have engaged in significant research in the field of sport and also by faculty who are currently working within the sport industry.
Practicum is part time experience involving observing and providing assistance to a sport management professional. This experience provides students the opportunity to make contacts within the sport industry and begin building a resume. The internship is full time work experience in which sport management practices are applied and students demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking, effective communication, knowledge integration, and social responsibility. The practicum and internship experience will significantly increase employment opportunities for students.
The sport administration student group, “Society of Sport Leaders”, provides students with the opportunity to get involved and associate with fellow students interested in sport.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to this program is generally available for students transferring to the University of Cincinnati if they were admissible directly from high school and have a 2.25 cumulative GPA (all prior institutions combined).

Students who were NOT admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.25 cumulative GPA (all prior institutions combined)

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to this program is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges of the University of Cincinnati if they were admissible directly from high school and have a 2.25 cumulative GPA (UC and any prior institutions combined).

Students who were NOT admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.25 cumulative GPA (UC and any prior institutions combined)

Current UC students wishing to transfer into the program should contact the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at 513-556-2336.

International Student Requirements

International students should contact the University of Cincinnati's Office of Admission for details. 513-556-1100

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Obtain at least a 2.0 university grade point average.
  • Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Meet the college's residency requirement of 30 semester credit hours.
  • File formal application for the degree by the posted semester of graduation deadline.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester


  • Early Action Deadline: Dec 1*
  • Rolling Deadline: March 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: May 1

* Your application must be complete by this date in order to be considered for scholarships and the Honors Program.


  • Application Deadline: July 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Aug. 1

Spring Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline: Nov. 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Dec. 1

Summer Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline: March 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: April 1


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