Doctor of Philosophy in Sport Administration

UC Online marketing Master’s in Sport Administration photoshoot at in Nippert stadium and Lindner Athletic Center. UC/Joseph Fuqua II

The University of Cincinnati's Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Sport Administration program offers students unparalleled opportunities to develop skills and knowledge for careers in higher education, academia, or the sport industry. Our PhD program stands out among other sport administration programs because of its strategic location, program resources, distinguished faculty, and commitment to diversity.

Applications for the SPAD PhD program opens August 2023 for the Fall 2024 Semester. Apply before the application deadline on December 1, 2023.


Sport Administration PhD students are prepared for various career options in academia, higher education, and the sport industry. With advanced research and analytical skills, graduates can pursue careers as professors, researchers, consultants, and executives in sports organizations, athletic departments, and related industries. Our program's emphasis on customization and flexibility allows students to tailor their coursework and research to their specific career interests, whether in sports management, sports law, sports marketing, or sports media. Whatever your career goals may be, the PhD in Sport Administration program at the University of Cincinnati provides the foundation for achieving success and making a meaningful impact in the world of sports.

In our program, we value and prioritize diversity and inclusivity, and our faculty's diverse backgrounds reflect the diversity of our student body, the Clifton community, and the wider Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area.

Dr. Matt Huml

Commitment to Diversity

Join us in our commitment to diversity and inclusion! We are dedicated to increasing representation within the faculty ranks of the greater sport administration academic space. As part of this effort, we will host exclusive yearly recruiting events for aspiring Black doctoral students. This is an exciting opportunity to connect with our esteemed faculty members, learn more about our program, and take the first step toward achieving your career goals in the sports industry. We believe that a diverse community of scholars is essential for advancing the field of sport administration, and we look forward to welcoming you into our program.