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Professional Golf Management: Curriculum

The Professional Golf Management (PGM) Program is a structured undergraduate educational offering by California University of Pennsylvania. PGM provides students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the golf industry. The program can be completed in four years, much like any other traditional college degree, with the fourth and final year of the program being comprised of internships and online coursework, so that the student is only required to be on campus for a total of three years. Students graduating from the PGM Program earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sport Management with a concentration in PGM and a minor in business.

One of the key components of the Professional Golf Management Program is the internship opportunities which require each student to complete a total of 16 months of internship under a Class A PGA professional at a minimum of three different types of facilities, ranging from public, private, municipal and military golf facilities to organizations such as a PGA section office, an amateur or professional tournament series, or a golf equipment manufacturer. The internships are an invaluable opportunity for students to apply classroom theory to the practical applied skills necessary to acquire Class A PGA membership. Candidates must have a 2.50 GPA overall in order to matriculate and graduate from the PGM Program. Any student receiving a grade of D in a major course must repeat the class.

Coursework specific to the PGM Program includes

  • PGM 100 (topics covered: rules of golf, tournament operations, PGA history and constitution, and career enhancement)
  • PGM 200 (topics covered: golf car fleet manegement, club repair, legal issues in golf, the international culture of golf, tournament software, and women and minorities in golf history)
  • PGM 300 (topics covered: merchandising, golf course design, architecture and sustainability, caddie program management, driving range management, and the PGA curriculum)
  • Teaching of Golf I
  • Teaching of Golf II
  • Golf Business Operations I
  • Golf Business Operations II
  • Turfgrass Maagement
  • Food and Beverage Management

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

For more information, please visit the course descriptions in the Undergraduate catalog.

First Semester – 16 credits
CourseCredits

*PGM 100 Introduction to Professional Golf Management

3 crs.

*ECO 100 Elements of Economics

3 crs.

**ENG 101 English Composition I

3 crs.

**UNI 100 First-Year Seminar

1 cr.

General Education and/or Elective Courses6 crs.

Second Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

*PGM 150 Teaching of Golf I

3 crs.

*BUS 100 Introduction to Business

3 crs.

General Education and/or Elective Courses9 crs.

Summer Semester
 CourseCredits 
*PGM 125 PGM Internship I 3 crs.

Third Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

*PGM 200 Intermediate Topics in Professional Golf Management

3 crs.

*MGT 300 Principles of Management

3 crs.

General Education and/or Elective Courses

9 crs.

Fourth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

*PGM 210 Golf Shop Management

3 crs.

*ACC 200 Financial Accounting

3 crs.

General Education and/or Elective Courses

9 crs.

Summer Semester – 3 crs.
CourseCredits

*PGM 225 Professional Golf Management Internship II

3 crs.

Fifth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

*PGM 300 Advanced Topics in Professional Golf Management

3 crs.

*PGM 310 Turfgrass Management

3 crs.

*SPT 310 Sport Marketing

3 crs.

General Education and/or Elective Courses6 crs.

Sixth Semester – 12 credits
CourseCredits

*PGM 350 Food and Beverage Management

3 crs.

*PGM 410 Teaching of Golf II

3 crs.

General Education and/or Elective Courses

6 crs.

Summer Semester – 3 crs.
CourseCredits

*PGM 325 Professional Golf Management Internship III

3 crs.


Curriculum Information

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