Sport Management Studies

Sport Management Studies Bachelor of Science (B.S.) - Professional Golf Management (PGM) Program

About Professional Golf Management

Put your love of golf at the heart of your future career.

Get world-class training at California University of Pennsylvania in our professional golf management (PGM) program, known and respected by top industry professionals and manufacturers in the global golf industry.

Prepare to excel in the field of golf in our Cal U bachelor's degree program in sport management studies with a concentration in professional golf management:

  • Gain in-depth business acumen related to various career paths in the golf industry, from business operations and sales to instruction and tournament management.
  • Prepare for success while completing golf-focused internships throughout your time at Cal U. The PGM program is designed to get you into the field and working full time before graduation.

Improve your skills - and your swing.

 Player development is one of the keystones of the Cal U professional golf management program. We help you get your game ready to pass the Player's Ability test, a milestone required for every aspiring PGA Member.

A state-of-the-art indoor golf facility and access to four golf courses gives you a multitude of ways to hone your skills as a player and an instructor.


Premier internships: The PGM program integrates 16 months of required internship experience with leaders in every area of the golf industry. This level of golf industry experience leads to top job placements for professional golf management graduates.

Career ready: Industry-specific courses build a foundation for success in every avenue of the golf industry. And you'll connect with a network of professionals, PGA Members and alumni that reaches throughout Pennsylvania, across the country and around the world.

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100 %
Job placement since the first class of professional golf management program graduates in 2009.
Local golf courses and an indoor golf practice facility are available for Cal U-PGM students.
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Degree Benefits

The PGM program integrates courses in business, sport management and golf management, plus internship opportunities throughout the world of golf, including:

  •  Professional Tournaments: The Masters, Wells Fargo, U.S. Open, Senior Open, Women's Open, World Golf Championships and PGA Tour events.
  • Private Clubs: Vineyard Golf Club (Mass.); Oakmont Country Club (Pa.); Oak Hill (N.Y.), Scioto Country Club (Ohio), Valley Club at Montecito (Calif.); Seminole Golf Club (Fla.), Promontory (Utah) and more.
  • Resorts: Bandon Dunes (Ore.), The Greenbrier (W.Va.), The Broadmoor (Colo.), Nemacolin Woodlands Resort (Pa.), The Breakers-Palm Beach (Fla.) and Omni Resorts.
  • Industry: Titleist, Callaway Golf, Taylor Made, Golf Galaxy, GolfTec, FootJoy, PGA Sections and U.S.G.A.
  • International golf courses in Asia, Europe and South America.
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Graduate Outcomes

Every year, 100% of Cal U's professional golf management graduates go directly into a wide range of professional positions, while alumni advance in their careers in such roles as:

  •  PGA Golf Professionals at clubs including Burning Tree (D.C.), St. Clair Country Club (Pa.), East Hampton Golf Club (N.Y.), Sea Island (Ga.), Inverness (Ohio), Red Stick (Fla.), Colleton River (S.C.). North Shore (N.Y), and The Club at Nevillewood (Pa.)
  • Competitors on the ReMax World Long Drive, many Mini Tour events, and the Malaysian golf team.
  • Supervisor posts at Laurel Valley Golf Club, Pittsburgh Field Club, Firestone Country Club and more.
  • Head Golf Coaches, Carnegie Mellon University, Byrn Athyn College and Upper St. Clair High School.


  Professional Golf Management Concentration Sport Management Studies - Bachelor's Degree 
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Meet the Pros

The PGM Student Society coordinates an annual weeklong trip to the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., which draws more than 50,000 attendees from the golf industry. Students see all the latest golf products and network with employers for future careers. 

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Fore Tots

Students run the Cal U PGM Tee-It-Up Fore Tots Charity Golf Tournament, raising more than $45,000 over the past eight years for The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh.

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Tech Support

Cal U golf facilities include top technologies:
About Golf Simulator, KVest 3D Analysis System, Science and Motion (SAM) Balance and Putt Labs, and the FlightScope Launch Monitor system.


Professional Golf Management (PGM) Program Bachelor's Degree Courses

A key focus of the professional golf management concentration is the internship requirement to gain experience in various golf settings. You will be able to apply classroom lessons and theory to the practical skills necessary to acquire Class A PGA Membership.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
BUS 100  Intro to Business** 3
ENG 101  English Composition I** 3
PGM 100  Introduction to Professional Golf Management* 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar** 1
General Education/Elective Courses 6
Second Semester 15
ECO 100  Elements of Economics** 3
PGM 150  Teaching of Golf I* 3
General Education/Elective Courses 9
Third Semester 3
PGM 125  PGM Internship I* 3
Sophomore Year  
Fourth Semester 15
PGM 200  Intermediate Topics in Professional Golf Management*
PGM 210  Golf Shop Management* 3
General Education/Elective Courses
Fifth Semester 15
PGM 250  Golf Operations Management* 3
PGM 260  Golf Performance Coaching and Technology* 3
General Education/Elective Courses 9
Sixth Semester 3
PGM 225  Professional Golf Management Internship II* 3
Junior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
PGM 300  Advanced Topics in Professional Golf Management*
PGM 310  Turfgrass Management*
SPT 400  Legal Aspects of Sport*
General Education/Elective Courses 6
Eighth Semester 12
PGM 350  Food and Beverage Management*
PGM 410  Teaching of Golf II*
SPT 310  Sport Marketing* 3
General Education/Elective Courses 
Ninth Semester 3
PGM 325 Professional Golf Management Internship III* 3
Senior Year  
Tenth Semester 12
PGM 405  Expanded Golf Operations* 3
PGM 425  Senior Internship* 3
General Education/Elective Courses
Eleventh Semester 12
PGM 415  Trends and Issues in the Golf Industry* 3
PGM 435  Capstone Internship* 3
SPT 305  Ethics in Sport** 3
SPT 405  Finance and Economics of Sport* 3
Total 120

*Required major or related courses

**Required or recommended General Education courses

Sport Management Studies Bachelor's Degree Concentrations

  • Sport management

    For majors interested in the operations of major sporting events. Exercise Science (online)

    For majors interested in building a career in health, wellness and fitness.

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PGM Faculty

Justin Barroner, PGA, MS, MBA
Program Director: Professional Golf Management

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James "J.R." Pond, PGA
Internship Coordinator: Professional Golf Management

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