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A Brand-New Opportunity

Prepare for a career in the growing field of sport at a legendary university in the field of athletics. In the newly-launched Bachelor of Arts in Sport Leadership at the University of Kentucky, you will learn to lead in the sport industry in a program focusing on:

  • sport management
  • sport psychology
  • health and human wellness
  • exercise and sport science
  • esports and gaming
  • innovation and entrepreneurial thinking


Grow Your Future

This degree is a great fit for students interested in a career in sports administration/management, sport leadership, coaching, and a number of other related fields. 

Sport provides a variety of pathways for social mobility in the career landscape, with approximately more than 54,000 annual job openings in sport in a given year.

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Customize Your Program with One of Three Tracks:


Sport Leadership Careers 

Provides students with the foundation to enter the global sport industry. The content is multidisciplinary – drawing from the social sciences – enhancing learners’ ability to become effective sport industry leaders.


Sport Leadership Gaming 

Prepares students for careers in the emerging Esports and Gaming industry. Students earn a degree in Sport Leadership, with a minor in Video Game Design and Development.


Sport Leadership Entrepreneurs 

Offers students the opportunity to better understand how to develop new commercial ideas as independent sport entrepreneurs or corporate entrepreneurs within a sport-related organization. Students earn a degree in Sport Leadership with an undergraduate certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking.



  • Contact: Dr. Justin Nichols, Assistant Professor in Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion.

Graduation Requirements

Completion of the program requires a 2.0 GPA and 120 total hours including: 

  • 45 hours of program requirements

Apply for College of Education Scholarships

In addition to automatic and competitive scholarships from the University of Kentucky, our students are also eligible for a variety of scholarship awards from the College of Education.

For incoming freshmen the scholarship application deadline is February 1. 

For transfer and current students the scholarship application deadline is April 5.

Student Organizations

Students can find many opportunities to join organizations. Many of our kinesiology (exercise science) students are involved in:

Kinesiology and Health Promotion Club

​If you are interested in promoting a healthy lifestyle, or interested in exercise science, physical therapy, physicians assistant, occupational therapy, athletic training, sports psychology, sports medicine, or physical and health education this is the student organization for you!

Learn more about student organizations in our college.