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 PGA professionals and golf industry leaders in Pennsylvania and worldwide.

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

  • Complete three years of on-campus program coursework for your professional golf management concentration.
  • Gain in-depth business learning about golf course operations from managing turf grass to organizing tournaments.

Improve your skills - and your swing.

  •  Benefit from golf-focused internships and online classes in your fourth and final year.
  • Improve your swing: Sport management/PGM students participate in weekly golf tournaments in the fall and spring organized by the PGM Student Society, with access to four golf courses and Cal U's state-of-the-art indoor golf practice facility.


Premier internships: The PGM program integrates 16 months of required internship experience with Class A PGA Professionals at three different types of golf facilities. It's this level of golf industry experience in your major that leads to top job placement for professional golf management graduates.

PGA prep: Golf-specific courses prepare you for eventual Class A membership in the PGA of America. The professional golf management program at Cal U also helps you build a network of contacts and professional skills for top career success.

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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, sports management and golf management, plus outstanding hands-on internship opportunities throughout the world of golf, including:

  •  Professional Tournaments: World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational, U.S. Open, Senior Open, Women's Open, numerous PGA Tour events.
  • Private Clubs: Vineyard Golf Club (Mass.); Oakmont Country Club (Pa.); Scioto Country Club (Ohio), Valley Club at Montecito (Calif.); Lake Nona (Fla.), Seminole Golf Club (Fla.), Promontory (Utah) and more than 200 other private facilities.
  • Resorts: Bandon Dunes (Ore.), The Greenbrier (W.Va.), The Broadmoor (Colo.), Nemacolin Woodlands Resort (Pa.).
  • Industry: Titleist, Callaway Golf, Taylor Made/Adidas Golf, Golf Galaxy, GolfTec.
  • 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, Burning Tree Club (D.C.), St. Clair Country Club (Pa.), East Hampton Golf Club (N.Y.), Sea Island (Ga.),
  • Leadership, FootJoy (Mass.).
  • Competitor, Malaysian Golf Team.
  • Supervisor posts at Laurel Valley Golf Club and Wannamoisett Country Club.
  • Head Golf Coaches, Carnegie Mellon University and Byrn Athyn.
  • Golf professionals at top courses nationwide: Firestone Country Club to PGA National Resort and Spa.
  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. 

Golf 2

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:
KVest 3D Analysis System, Science and Motion (SAM) Balance and Putt Labs, and the FlightScope swing analysis 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.

Example Courses
  • Introduction to Professional Golf Management
  • Elements of Economics
  • Introduction to Business
  • Advanced Topics in Professional Golf Management
  • Golf Shop Management
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Sport Marketing
  • Food and Beverage Management

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Sport Management Studies Bachelor's Degree Concentrations

  • Sport management

    For majors interested in the operations of major sporting events. Wellness and fitness (online)

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

PGM Faculty

Justin Barroner
Associate Professor

Dr. Vanessa MacKinnon
Associate Professor