Prospective Students
The PGM program leads students to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sport Management, with a concentration in Professional Golf Management and a minor in Business Administration. The program is currently seeking accreditation by the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) of America. Alternating with on-campus study, the program includes five semesters or 16 months of internship. Within the internship component, students gain on-the-job experience at golf facilities which employ PGA Professionals. About 50% of the overall study in the PGM program is in business, 30% in general studies and 20% in courses relating to golf management.

The life of a golf professional requires more than a powerful drive and accurate putting. A career in this field requires knowledge of business operations, teaching, golf course maintenance, golf club repair and organization of golf events. Knowledge of business is particularly important to the golf professional who, in addition to being able to teach the game, is expected to handle marketing, merchandising, accounting and management.

Admission Requirements
As a Freshman Student:
Minimum 80 high school golf average
3 units of English
3 units of Social Science
2 units of Math (course I & II)
2 units of Science (Biology is required).
Use 950 SAT or 19 ACT as an indicator (not required)
On campus interview strongly recommended.

Playing Ability Requirements:
In order to be considered for admission, applicants must have a 12 handicap or less, verified by a PGA Golf Professional or high school coach. Students in the PGM Concentration must also pass the PGA's Playing Ability Test (PAT) by graduation in order to pursue full PGA membership. The PAT is a 36-hole tournament in which the participant must score a maximum of 15 above the course rating.

Note: Freshman applicants that do not meet the minimum academic entrance requirements for the BS degree may be offered admission to the pre-program. A campus interview is required for students offered this option. A faculty/staff panel following the campus interview will determine admission. Students offered acceptance as pre-program students, must achieve a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative average by the end of their first year and be recommended by the faculty for unconditional acceptance into the Sport Management Program / PGM concentration.

  • A 2.5 cumulative GPA (grade point average) required.
  • Transfer only 'C' level course work or better.
  • A letter of recommendation from a PGA Golf Professional supporting the candidate's admission.
  • Mandatory on-campus interview.

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