Why Choose Professional Golf Management?
The PGM program leads to a bachelor of science degree in business, with professional golf management. The program is sanctioned by The Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) of America. Alternating with on-campus study, the program includes five semesters of work in an internship program. In the internship program, you gain on-the-job experience at a golf facility working with a PGA-certified professional.
About 50 percent of the overall study in the PGM program is in business, 30 percent in general studies and 20 percent in courses related to golf management. Ferris owns and operates an on-campus 18-hole golf course that is managed and staffed by four members of The PGA and used as a laboratory for PGM students.
The PGM program is within the department of Sports, Entertainment & Hospitality, providing students additional opportunities for networking, seminars, and internships. A 12-credit certificate or an 18-credit minor in Club Management are also available and easily integrated into the existing curriculum. Employment upon graduation remains at 100%.
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The life of a golf professional requires more than a powerful drive and accurate putting. A career in this field requires knowledge of business operations, teaching, golf course maintenance, golf club repair and organization of golf events. A knowledge of business is particularly important to the golf professional who is expected to handle marketing, merchandising, accounting and management.
The Ferris PGM program, the first of its kind in the nation established in conjunction with the Professional Golfers' Association of America, trains and educates future golf professionals to meet the demands of the golf industry. Upon completion of all PGA of America requirements, students will obtain the PGA/PGM designation on their diploma and Class A membership into the PGA of America.
Admission to the PGM program is granted through a competitive process to the best qualified applicants on a space-available basis. Applicants must be high school graduates with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average, minimum ACT composite score of 19, and a USGA handicap of 8 or lower verified by PGA professional or high school coach.
The program has a fall entry only. Because of the uniqueness of the program, prospective students are encouraged to visit campus and talk with an admissions counselor and the program coordinator.
Transfer students are accepted, but must meet the College of Business transfer policy requirements and not have completed more than 45 applicable credits.
The Professional 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.
Professional Golf Management
1506 Knollview Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2290