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 19 schools accredited by the PGA nationally, and one of only two in the state of Florida. The program is designed to provide the skill and knowledge base necessary for future golf professionals to succeed in a wide variety of positions within the industry. Students attending the PGM program at Florida Gulf Coast University will graduate with a Bachelor of Science major in PGA Golf Management. Upon completion of the university's requirements, PGA requirements, and 16 months of internship, students are eligible to become Class A PGA Members upon graduation. Some of the golf specific courses you will take as an upper-level student in the program will include: Turfgrass Management, Golf Facility Operations, Advanced Golf Merchandising Operations, Director of Golf Instructional Operations, Golf Course Ownership, and Golf Executive Management. There have also been courses developed to aid in the completion of the PGA's Level 1, 2, and 3 education requirements.
Located in southwest Florida, the PGM Program at FGCU not only boasts one of the most desired geographical locations in the country, but with over 135 courses within an hour of campus, is also serving a local industry 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. 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 April 1st of the calendar year for which entry is sought. Application materials received after April 1st will be considered on a space-available basis.
The following substitutions are acceptable for common prerequisites and must be completed with a grade of C or higher:
For All Majors: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.