Where and How to Get Your Golf Management Degree

By Nick Heidelberger

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Aspiring golf professionals can earn a college degree while completing their requirements to become a PGA Professional by taking advantage of the PGA Golf Management University Program. There are currently 18 universities in the United States that offer the program.

With thousands of golf courses around the country and the world, management opportunities are plentiful. Students who are interested in becoming a PGA Professional can apply for Class A Membership upon completion of the PGA Golf Management University Program at one of these schools. Best of all, graduates of the program have a 100% job placement rate.

The PGA Golf Management Program

The PGM program essentially allows college students to earn a traditional business degree while simultaneously completing their PGA of America membership requirements. PGM students don’t get a break on their business requirements just because they’re also completing requirements for the PGA of America, or vice-versa.

Because the workload is two-fold, the program is slated as a 4.5 to 5-year degree at many schools, and those can be challenging, yet rewarding, years. The program also incorporates an internship requirement, so you’ll spend your summers getting hands-on industry experience. When it’s all said and done, you’ll have a business degree from a great school, and status as a PGA of America member upon qualifying employment.

Students interested in a career managing the grounds of a golf course can get a golf course management degree, often referred to as a turf management degree, at many schools in the United States and eventually become a golf course superintendent or even a course architect.

These are the 18 universities in the United States that offer the PGA Golf Management (PGM) program.



Campbell University

Buies Creek, NC

Coastal Carolina University

Conway, SC

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, KY

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Florida Gulf Coast University

Ft. Myers, FL

Methodist University

Fayetteville, NC

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC

Penn State University

University Park, PA

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX

University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, OK

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, CO

University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Princess Anne, MD

University of Nebraska

Lincoln, NE


Las Vegas, NV

About the Author

Nick Heidelberger is the Editor of GolfLink and an active member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA). He covers all things golf, from the professional tours to rules, equipment, style, and golf history. In the years prior to joining GolfLink, he worked for the New England Section of the PGA of America. Nick has a degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and has been an avid golfer for more than 10 years.