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Professional Golf Management Major Requirements

The Mission 

The Mission of the Ohio State University’s Professional Golf Management program is to recruit the most qualified applicants from across the United States and to provide students with a well-rounded, outstanding education that enables them to achieve membership in the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, while completing a Bachelor of Science degree at The Ohio State University.


Program Overview

The OSU Professional Golf Management (PGM) program is designed to provide a world class educational opportunity for students by combining the academic requirements of The Ohio State University with the golf business knowledge and golf aptitude expectations of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America.  A career as a golf professional requires diverse knowledge and skills including finance, personnel management, marketing, food and beverage management, merchandising, plant science, inventory control, lesson planning, individual and group teaching, and social and professional interactions, as well as golf skills.  The required knowledge and skills are obtained in a series of academic courses which contain the finite body of knowledge of the PGA/PGM program.  Upon completion of all requirements, students will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with a major in Professional Golf Management.  In addition, students must take the PGA of America’s Playing Ability Test and complete 5 semesters of co-op internship before graduation.

The B.Sc. degree in Agriculture with a major in PGM is a comprehensive academic program which requires students to excel in several disciplines relevant to the golf industry and beyond.  For this curriculum, the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences collaborates with the Fisher College of Business, the School of Physical Activities and Educational Services, and the College of Education & Human Ecology to offer a unique multidisciplinary curriculum to provide students with the necessary tools of business, economics, coaching, hospitality management, and turfgrass science to be successful in today’s golf industry.

The PGA of America delivers PGA/PGM seminars and testing to all eligible apprentices each year at the PGA of America’s Education Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida and at campuses of other accredited PGM universities.  The PGA/PGM education component is a three-level program consisting of seminars, work experience activities and comprehensive testing.  PGA/PGM education activities include, but are not limited to principles of teaching golf, rules of golf, golf car fleet management, tournament operations, golf business and marketing, inventory control, personnel management, food and beverage control, golf club fitting and repair, analysis of the golf swing, business communications. 

Professional Golf Management Requirements

The Professional Golf Management (PGM) major is a four and half year degree program. There are two major requirements for this program. All PGM students are enrolled as Pre-PGM and then are converted to PGM majors upon successful completion of HCS 2250: Introduction to Professional Golf Management and demonstration of a USGA 18-hole golf handicap of 10 or better. 

Admitted students to The Ohio State University must provide the following:
1. Proof of an 18-hole golf handicap of 10 or better.
2. Provide evidence that the student has the potential to pass the PGA of America’s™ Playing Ability Test (PAT).

Proof of the handicap may be established by any of the following:
• Confirmation of playing ability form signed by high school golf coach.
• Confirmation of playing ability form signed by a PGA of America member.
• Current United States Golf Association Handicap card.

All PGM students are required to complete five internships throughout their college career. Please see the internship requirements section for more details.