The PGA Golf Management (PGM) program, a four and a half year college curriculum for aspiring PGA Professionals, is a structured academic program accredited by the PGA of America. Florida Gulf Coast University is one of only 18 schools accredited by the PGA nationally, and the only one in the state of Florida. The program is designed to provide the skills and knowledge base necessary for future golf professionals to succeed in a wide variety of positions within the industry. A primary requirement for students is completion of 16 months of paid internship under the direction of the Internship Coordinator. These work experiences can occur in any number of diverse golf industry settings throughout the country. Some of the areas of study in the program include: business planning, turfgrass management, golf facility operations, advanced golf merchandising, human resources management and three distinct golf instruction classes focused on teaching the game, club-fitting, using state-of the-art instructional technology and developing a teaching business. Students completing the PGM program at Florida Gulf Coast University will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in PGA Golf Management. Upon graduation, students can be elected to Class A PGA Membership upon securing eligible full-time employment.
Located in southwest Florida, FGCU program boasts one of the most desired geographical locations in the country with over 135 courses within an hour of campus. It also serves a local industry employment need. Current PGM students have the opportunity to work part-time, intern, and play at some of the most exclusive facilities in the country.
PGA Golf Management is a limited access program. Qualified students are admitted for the fall semester. Spring admission is only possible after consultation with the Program Director and completion of several external PGA requirements. Admission decisions are based on materials and coursework completed at the time of application and receipt of the PGA Golf Management Limited Access Application/Golf Handicap Verification form. For priority consideration, all application materials should be received by May 1st of the calendar year for which entry is sought. Application materials received after May 1st will be considered on a space-available basis.
(a) Valid USGA handicap card
(b) letter/signature from a PGA Golf Professional in good standing
(c) letter of playing ability from a high school golf coach with a transcript of 6 school scores.
Non-U.S. Citizens: International students must complete the admissions process through the International office at FGCU. Students can complete the degree requirements, but membership election to the PGA of America requires US Citizenship or Resident Alien status. For further information, please consult with the Program Director.
Transfer students are encouraged to apply. Please contact the PGM office for additional information: 239-590-7719.
To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.
Consult with College advising or PGM Director for any additional details.