PGA Golf Management
Why Choose PGA Golf Management?
The origins of golf date back to the 1400s, but the United States has been a significant catalyst in popularizing the sport and expanding the business into nearly a $70 billion dollar industry, offering more than 2 million jobs. Today, more than 24 million Americans play the game with many segments growing quickly. In Michigan alone, there are more than 800 golf courses and 60 resorts.
For more than 40 years, the PGA Golf Management program has produced quality graduates who are today’s golf industry leaders. PGA Golf Management students learn all facets of golf shop operations (marketing, merchandising, accounting and small business management), customer service, golf course maintenance, public relations, tournament operations, instruction and player development, club repair and fitting, and much more. The PGA Golf Management program includes 16 months of required internship providing real world experience at PGA- recognized golf facilities all over the United States. Our 100 percent career placement rate reflects the value of the combined business education, skill development and knowledge gained from extensive hands-on experience.
On campus as a PGA Golf Management student, you have unlimited access to Ferris State’s Katke Golf Course, the proud home of the PGA Golf Management program’s learning laboratory and nationally ranked men’s and women’s golf teams. Our students make the facility their second home with more than 225 acres housing a 21-hole golf course with an award winning practice facility.
The program was the first of its kind sanctioned by The PGA of America in 1975 and integrates PGA membership requirements with learning objectives in Ferris' accredited College of Business. Through this partnership, you will earn both a B.S. in Business and complete all requirements for membership election into the PGA of America upon graduation.
Our graduates enjoy careers as a Head or Assistant Golf Professional, Teaching Professional, Director of Golf, General Manager, Sales Representatve, and more.
So whether it is on the course, the lesson tee, the clubhouse or behind the scenes of a televised event, Ferris State PGA Golf Management graduates are professionals working to expand the game’s popularity and accessibility to millions of diverse players.
New Students: 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from high school, ACT composite score of 19 or combined Verbal and Math SAT score of 980 or higher, and USGA handicap of 8 or lower verified by PGA professional or high school coach.
The program has fall entry only. Because of the uniqueness of the program, prospective students are encouraged to visit campus and talk with an admission counselor and the program director.
Transfer Students: Combined college or university GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended and verified USGA handicap of 8 or lower. GPA is based on completion of 12 credit hours including the FSU equivalency of ENGL 150, MATH 115, and a social awareness or cultural enrichment course. Students must have completed NO MORE than 45 applicable credit hours at other institutions.
Exceptions: Applicants not meeting the above criteria (new or transfer students) for direct admission into the program, but still meet Ferris State University admission criteria, will be placed in the Pre-Professional Golf Management program until the admission criteria are met. Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean's Office.
General Education Requirements
Consult the official checksheet or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.
The PGA Golf Management program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall.
PGA Golf Management
1506 Knollview Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2290
The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.) Next Accreditation Review is February 2018.
The PGA Golf Management Program is also accredited by the Professional Golf Association. Next Accreditation Review is February 2021.