Sport Administration


Why study Sport Administration?

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Sport Administration program at the University of Cincinnati is dedicated to preparing students for successful careers in the professoriate, higher education, and in the sports industry. Our program offers a flexible curriculum allowing students to customize their coursework and experiences to match their career and research goals. With our strategic location, distinguished faculty expertise, and university resources, we are the ideal hub for cultivating future leaders, scholars, and practitioners in sport administration. Join our program and become part of a vibrant community of scholars dedicated to advancing sport scholarship and practice!

Admission Requirements

  1. Master's Degree in Sport Administration or a related field (with a cumulative GPA of a 3.00 or higher)
  2. Three (3) reference names
  3. One (1) letter of recommendation
  4. Writing sample:
    1. Applicants will choose from a list of topics.
    2. Applicant will then research that topic and support with 4-6 sources.
    3. Applicant will write a 2-3 page paper (roughly 1,000 words), must cite in APA, and include a reference page.
  5. Program interest statement:
    1. Why UC? What are their career goals related to completing this degree? Which faculty member are they wanting as an advisor?.

Our program will support student career goals that range from faculty, administrative, practitioner/athletics, and alt-academic careers. We will provide resources in our seminar classes, particularly our SMGT 9040: Professional Development and Career Exploration course, that will inform students of their options and resources across a wealth of career outlets.

We also have a dedicated Doctoral Sport Administration Group that will house regular meetings to discuss theory, teaching, research, service, career ideas, conferences, interviewing, negotiation, and other topics designed to help students be successful during and after they’ve completed our program.

The Sport Administration PhD program graduates are well-equipped for a wide range of career opportunities 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. 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. 

Please contact Dr. Matt Huml, sport administration doctoral program coordinator, for questions related to advising.

Here at the University of Cincinnati, our program offers unique strengths that set it apart from other Sport Administration PhD programs. As one of the few programs located within a large metropolitan area, our students have access to a wealth of resources both on and off campus, including professional, intercollegiate, interscholastic, recreational, and leisure programs within proximity to UC. With a proven track record of prestigious research fellowships, best article awards, teaching accolades, and grant funding, our faculty provide invaluable mentorship and research opportunities to our students. 

Join us in our commitment to diversity and inclusion! We are dedicated to increasing representation within our faculty ranks. 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. 

For international admissions requirements, please visit our website.

Application Deadlines

December 1 - All accepted students start the following fall semester.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

CECH Office of Recruitment
PO BOX 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-6308

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Program Code: 18DOC-SPAD-PHD