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PGM at Cal U

Since graduating our first class in 2009, the Professional Golf Management (PGM) program has had a 100% job placement rate, with students securing positions at some of the world's finest resorts, golf clubs, teaching academies, golf industry equipment companies, junior golf organizations and tournament operations.

Our program consists of three years of on-campus coursework, followed by one year of online classes and field-based internship work. This enables students to graduate with their degree in only 4 years, at the same time as their peers, while also having extensive real-world work experience thanks to their internships. Many transfer students are able to complete their on-campus coursework in only 3 or 4 semesters!

Our graduates earn a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management with a concentration in Professional Golf Management and a minor in Business Administration, enabling them to enjoy a variety of career opportunities.

A Cal U golfer walking on a golf courseWhile we are an academic program and our focus is career-oriented, students in the Cal U PGM program also are afforded many opportunities to participate in tournament golf and to develop their playing aptitude.

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in tournaments organized by the PGM Student Society, which occur weekly in the fall and spring.

PGM students have access to three golf facilities (four golf courses) included as part of their Cal U fees, as well as exclusive access to our state-of-the-art indoor practice facility. Read more about our facilities by clicking on the "facilities" link 


The faculty members of the professional golf management program believe in educating students who thoroughly understand and successfully implement the analytical concepts taught within the PGA’s Professional Golf Management Program, thus preparing students to become the PGA professionals of the 21st century. Our faculty members are actively involved in every aspect of the program and are heavily invested in helping to ensure that all PGM students accomplish their personal goals.  Learn more about our faculty, Program Director Mr. Justin Barroner (PGA, MBA) and Internship Coordinator Dr. Vanessa MacKinnon (PGA, LPGA, Ed.D) by clicking on the "faculty" link.


In addition to golf-specific coursework (please see our PGM Sequence and Advisement Sheet) that will help prepare students for eventual Class A membership in the PGA of America, a key component of our program is our required internships. These experiences give our students valuable hands-on experience, preparing them to be tomorrow's leaders in the golf industry and contributing greatly to our extraordinarily high job placement rate. For more information on Cal U's professional golf management internship program, please visit our PGM Internship Page.

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Admissions information

In addition to filling out an admissions application, prospective professional golf management students must also fill out and submit a verification of golf handicap form.

Completed forms may be sent to:

Justin Barroner, MBA, MS, PGA
PGM Program Director
California University of PA
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

Fax: 724-938-6050

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Sequence and Advisement Sheet (for students starting Fall 2013 and beyond)

We welcome transfer students into our program and encourage you to consider Cal U as the perfect place at which to complete your four-year university degree!
While each student's previous academic transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine what previous coursework is transferable into our program, we have had a number of students who have been able to transfer into PGM at Cal U and complete the program requirements in only 3-4 semesters on campus! Please contact us directly to discuss this exciting opportunity! We would love to have you!

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