One of 18 Accredited Programs

The UCO PGA golf management program at UCO is one of only 18 programs accredited by the PGA (Professional Golf Association) of America.

PGM Internships

Student internships are coordinated under the direct supervision of well-qualified and experienced PGA golf professionals whose primary purpose is to provide a valuable hands-on learning experience.

Learn From the Pros

Students are given the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the golf industry.

Golf Course Partners

We are privileged to have Kickingbird Golf Club as the official home course for the PGA Golf Management Program at UCO. 

 

PGA Golf Management

The Bachelor of Business Administration in PGA Golf Management major at UCO’s College of Business is one of only 18 programs accredited by the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America.

This program is a 4.5 year plan and consists of two major components:

  1. A Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in Management with a concentration in PGA Golf Management
  2. The PGA of America’s Professional Golf Management Program (PGM)

 

Admission Requirements

 

Admissions to the PGA Golf Management Program are accepted for the fall semester only. Application and acceptance to the PGA Golf Management Program at UCO must be completed before the last day to enroll in the fall semester of freshman year.

 

Curriculum

A career in golf management requires a unique combination of knowledge and skill, including areas such as finance, management, marketing, food and beverage management, merchandising, plant science and golf aptitude. 

UCO PGA Management Curriculum

 

The UCO PGA Golf Management Program

The PGA Golf Management Program is a three-level golf specific educational program focusing on the People, the Game and the Business of golf. Each level of the program contains classroom studies, seminars and work experience activities, concluding with knowledge and/or skill simulation testing. PGA Golf Management At A Glance »

Cohort Requirement

The PGA of America requires each entering PGA Golf Management class to be considered a separate cohort. Each student will be expected to progress through the program and meet all PGA PGM milestones with their cohort. Only under exceptional circumstances will a student be allowed to deviate from this schedule and only with the director’s approval. PGA Golf Management Cohort Sequence »

PGA Playing Ability Test (PAT)

Passing the PAT is a requirement for graduation from UCO’s PGA Golf Management Program. A student should attempt the PAT before applying for admission to the UCO PGA Golf Management Program to assess playing ability. PGA PAT Guidelines and Requirements »

Requirements for Graduation

  • Complete all College of Business requirements for a B.B.A. in Management – PGA Golf Management
  • 2.25 GPA in all College of Business course work and an overall GPA of 2.25
  • Progress through the program as a cohort group
  • Complete all three levels of the PGA/PGM Program
  • Complete 16 months of full-time internships at three different types of golf facilities
  • Pass the PGA of America’s Playing Ability Test (PAT) before graduation
  • Must be U.S. citizen or resident alien to be eligible for PGA membership
  • Students must fulfill all PGA membership requirements within eight years of their program start date

 

Internships

Overview

One of the most important aspects of the PGA Golf Management program is the internship program. The program coordinates student internships under the direct supervision of well-qualified and experienced PGA golf professionals whose primary purpose is to provide a valuable hands-on learning experience.

PGA Golf Management students will be required to complete four internships totaling 16 months of full-time work at three different types of facilities.

Criteria and Guidelines

  • Internships must follow the eligible employment guidelines outlined in the PGA Constitution
  • Students must be enrolled in MGMT 4950 to receive academic credit.
  • Students will be required to complete PGA PGM Work Experience Activities and other assignments while participating in an internship.
  • Before student placement, the UCO PGA Golf Management Internship Coordinator has the responsibility for securing interested internship sites. The UCO PGA Golf Management student shall not contact an internship site, nor accept an internship position, before UCO PGA Golf Management staff contact with a host facility.
  • Before placement, an agreement stipulating the specific intern work experiences anticipated for each student must be validated in writing by the host professional, UCO PGA Golf Management staff, and the student. This agreement must be on file in the PGA Golf Management office before the student reporting to the internship site.
  • Students must complete four internships totaling 16 months of full-time work at three different types of facilities before completion of the program.
  • UCO will conduct an evaluation of each internship site and must approve of the site before a student being placed in the internship
  • UCO requires each host professional to complete a detailed evaluation of each student’s performance during the internship and file with the UCO PGA Golf Management office.
  • UCO requires each student to complete a detailed evaluation of the internship site at the end of the internship and file with the UCO PGA Golf Management office.
  • Following each internship, each student must complete a post-internship interview on campus with the director or internship coordinator to compare evaluations and to take any necessary remedial action to resolve any performance problems. Negative site evaluations must be investigated before future placements.

Please refer to the PGA Golf Management “Internship Procedures Manual” for complete internship guidelines and procedures. Download the PGA Golf Management Internship manual.

 

Student Association

The PGM Student Association is an academic and social organization required of all PGA Golf Management students. Active participation in the PGMSA promotes and develops confidence, leadership, public relations, organizational skills and camaraderie among PGA Golf Management students that enhance a student’s education while on campus and better prepares them for their professional career after graduation. Active participation in the organization is a key element to the overall success of each student. Along with the Executive Board, several committees work in correlation with the Board to ensure students in the PGMSA are actively involved in events that will help their future as golf professionals.

 

Contact Us

PGM Main

Business Building, Rm 117
405-974-5247

Director

Bob Phelps
405-974-5908
rphelps@uco.edu 

Internship Coordinator

Wes Wilkinson
405-974-2425
wwilkinson2@uco.edu

Coordinator of Recruitment & Player Development

Lindsey Cook
405-974-5247
lcook6@uco.edu