The mission of the MSU PGA Golf Management program is to attract bright, highly motivated men and women, educate and train them, qualify them for membership in the PGA of America, and place them in highly desirable jobs in the golf industry. We will do this by helping students develop their playing ability, designing a curriculum that prepares students for PGA testing and certification, and guiding students through a thorough education in marketing. We will give students extraordinary service throughout their careers at MSU and afterward, keep a highly qualified and motivated staff, and offer facilities that meet students’ needs in golf and in academics. The MSU PGA Golf Management Program will maintain a reputation for developing outstanding golf professionals through an extraordinary, intense, and supportive program.
The PGA Golf Management Program at Mississippi State University is the second oldest program sanctioned by the Professional Golfer's Association of America (PGA). This four and one-half year program gives students a B.B.A. degree in marketing, sixteen months of practical work experience, completion of the PGA PGM Program, and eligibility to apply for membership as a PGA Class A Professional. As you can see, Mississippi State PGA Golf Management students get all the tools necessary to succeed in the golf business.
The PGA Golf Management concentration leads to a bachelor's degree in business administration. Students also take courses related to PGA PGM Program material, turf management, food management, landscape architecture, and human resource management. As part of the PGA Professional Golf Management Program, PGA Golf Management students attend on-campus seminars and take PGA PGM Checkpoints (tests) conducted by the PGA. These Checkpoints give students the chance to demonstrate their competency in many academic and technical areas covered in the Mississippi State PGA Golf Management curriculum, PGA Golf Management co-op experiences, PGA PGM Seminars, and PGA PGM self-study courses.
Students must also complete a minimum of 16 months of co-op work experience through the MSU Cooperative Education Program. These work experiences are under the tutelage of Class A PGA Professionals throughout the country. Students are required to be continuously enrolled at MSU as a full-time student or enrolled in the MSU Cooperative Education Program according to their co-op schedule. Those who complete the program thus earn a prestigious degree and reach the threshold of PGA Class A membership. The MSU PGA Golf Management Program is national in scope with 26 states represented in the PGA Golf Management student body.
Mississippi State's College of Business is one of the South's oldest business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).