PGA Golf Management

Turn your love of golf into a rewarding career with a degree in PGA Golf Management from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Anyone who plays golf knows that there’s nothing quite like spending a day out on the links with friends, colleagues, or other professional golfers. When you earn a degree in PGA Golf Management from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, you’ll join a family of peers, faculty, and alumni who are dedicated to sharing the game with others and helping the sport grow in popularity and diversity.

Our PGA Golf Management program is a comprehensive degree that integrates all of the curriculum requirements of a Hospitality and Tourism Management major with the knowledge base and experience needed to become an expert in professional golf management. The program integrates valuable hands-on learning in classrooms and on the golf course. If you’re passionate about golf and want to work toward membership in the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, choose one of the best PGA Golf Management schools and turn your passion into a job you’ll love every day.

Why Choose UMES for PGA Golf Management?

Work with experienced faculty

Mentorship is at the heart of our program. You will get many chances to work closely with PGA Golf Management faculty who have years of experience in business management and professional golf. Our faculty members are committed to fostering diversity and social justice throughout sports and society in general and to addressing underrepresentation and issues of racism within sports organizations.

Gain hands-on experience in professional golf management

Our focus on experiential learning is one of the things that distinguishes us from other programs and ranks us among the best PGA Golf Management schools in the country. Every student in the program completes a 16-month internship primarily employed on a full-time basis. You can choose between many facilities, including country clubs, military golf courses, resorts, public and municipal courses, PGA headquarters, and PGA-recognized golf ranges. In the process, you’ll build an impressive resume while earning academic credit and networking with other professionals.

Work in cutting-edge facilities

On the surface, golf may seem like a simple sport, requiring just a small ball and clubs. But the study of golf and the equipment to analyze golfers’ skills and improvement is quite complex. As you progress through the PGA management program, you’ll get expert guidance on using some of the most sophisticated technology in golf. We offer two Trackman Simulators, a Swing Catalyst, an indoor putting studio, and a golf club repair lab.

Earn an accredited PGA Golf Management degree

Our program is accredited by the PGA of America, meaning that the education and experience you receive in the PGA management program meets the highest standards of excellence in golf expertise. This also means that you’ll automatically become a member of the PGA student association and have a voice in the development of the program.

Explore courses in the PGA Golf Management program

Our 120-credit hour PGA management program is broken up into several disciplines to help you develop a well-rounded skill set in management and service. These include 41 credits in general education requirements, 30 credits in PGA golf management, 24 credits in hotel management, 13 credits in food and beverage management, three credits in supportive courses, and nine elective credits to tailor your degree to your interests and professional goals.

Some of the courses you can take as a PGA Golf Management major include:

  • Professional Golf Management Internship: Immerse yourself in the golf industry with this 12-week, supervised, and paid internship at a PGA-approved golf facility. Your internship may emphasize the following topics: tournament operations, career enhancement, play development, or customer relations—among other possible topics.
  • Entrepreneurship: Focus on the planning, management, and assessment of business operations to learn how to become an entrepreneur who can not only recognize good opportunities but create them. Case studies might include lodging, foodservice, and PGA model golf shop operations.
  • Sport Psychology: Go in-depth studying, comparing, and analyzing human behavior during sports and physical activities. This is an excellent course for students thinking about becoming trainers or coaches.

Find Your Dream Career with our PGA Golf Management Program

The many successes of our graduates are what make us one of the best PGA Golf Management schools in the U.S. Our focus on internships and the real-world application of classroom lessons means that you will graduate ready to lead and collaborate with others as a professional in golf management.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for professionals in entertainment and sports are expected to grow by 13 percent by 2013. That’s more than double the national average for all other occupations. There’s never been a better time to study professional golf management.

We are proud to boast that 100 percent of our PGA management program graduates find careers—many even before graduation―thanks to their internships and professional networking skills.

Some of the rewarding careers our graduates have found after earning their PGA Golf Management degree include:

  • Head golf professional
  • Teaching professional

Golf equipment sales representative

Learn More about Paying for UMES

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is dedicated to fostering inclusivity and diversity, and that’s why we offer one of the best-value PGA management programs in the nation. We also offer generous financial aid opportunities through funds such as the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the United Negro College Fund.

As a PGA Golf Management major, you could be eligible for scholarships through the School of Business and Technology, including the Caves Valley Foundation Scholarship and the Pro Duffers Scholarship. Make sure to fill out a FAFSA to see whether you qualify for federal, state, or institutional grants.

Take the Next Step

Ready to pursue your passion for golf and start a fulfilling career in professional golf management doing what you love? Join our PGA Golf Management degree program today and see how you can bring your passion to the ever-growing world of golf.


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