The PGA of America’s Golf Management University Program is a 4.5- to 5-year structured educational program designed for aspiring PGA Professionals. The college curriculum is accredited by The PGA of America and includes extensive classroom studies, internship experience and player development providing students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills necessary for success in the golf industry.
The first university to gain PGA accreditation and offer the PGA Golf Management University Program curriculum was Ferris State University in 1975. The program is currently offered at 20 PGA accredited universities nationwide.
Students attending a PGA Golf Management University Program can graduate with a baccalaureate degree in several majors (e.g. Marketing, Business Administration, Hospitality Administration, Recreation and Park Management). In addition to classroom studies, each PGA Golf Management University Program student is required to complete approved internships of 16 months at industry related facilities, companies or organizations.
In addition, PGA Golf Management University Program students are also required to complete all of the requirements of the PGA of America's Professional Golf Management Program (PGM) and pass a Playing Ability Test (PAT).
Each university has specific entrance requirements, and you should contact the university of your choice to become familiar with those. Enrollment will be limited to 300 total students at each university program at any given time, with a limit of 100 students per incoming class.
Each university offers financial assistance to deserving students through scholarships, work-study programs, loans and grants. All student-aid inquiries should be made directly to the respective university's financial aid office.
** Contact the director for specific university curriculum and majors.
Upon graduation from the PGA Golf Management University Program and eligible employment, graduates become a member of The PGA of America; the world’s largest working sports organization. As a PGA Professional, members earn the right to wear one of the most recognized logos in sports and are recognized as one of golf’s leading authorities. In addition, there are numerous benefits that go along with becoming a PGA member, including Golf Retirement Plus, PGA Insurance Advantage, PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program, employment and career services. PGA Professionals are eligible for local, state and national awards and can compete in PGA-sponsored events.
Key Facts and Figures
• As of fall 2007, there were more than 2,400 students enrolled in the PGA Golf Management University Program among 18 universities with active programs (University of Central Oklahoma and University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s inaugural classes start in 2008).
• Currently, graduates of the PGA Golf Management University Program have a 100 percent employee placement rate after completing the program.
• Program size for a PGA Golf Management University Program varies from 60 students to a maximum of 400 students and is determined by the institution.
Class A PGA Professionals wishing to employ PGA Golf Management University Program students during their internships should go to PGALinks.com.