Pennsylvania State University

World Campus

Master of Professional Studies in Turfgrass Management



Program Information

Degree Offered:

Master of Professional Studies in Turfgrass Management

Format: Online

Program Description:

Learn business concepts, personnel management theories, and how to manage the day-to-day challenges of running a turfgrass facility through the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Turfgrass Management. In this program, you can focus on turfgrass science electives or business-related courses and improve your current skills to advance your career in the turfgrass industry.

Courses - This 30-credit online master's degree in turfgrass management is designed for individuals who currently work as managers of turfgrass facilities, including golf courses and professional sports complexes. The MPS-TM program requires the completion of four core courses in which students learn to apply scientific concepts to fundamental problems encountered in the management of complex turfgrass ecosystems. A capstone individual study in turfgrass management course is also required. The capstone course integrates theory and practice in addressing real problems encountered in turfgrass facility management.

Choose your focus - The MPS-TM program offers students two areas of emphasis from which to choose. This innovative approach allows students, whose educational and work experience has emphasized personnel management skills to focus on turfgrass-specific courses. Conversely, if your background is primarily in the turfgrass sciences, you may pursue a course of study devoted to management skills.
The required core course of study offers experience in:
·    turfgrass physiology
·    plant population biology
·    turfgrass health management
·    turfgrass science literature

Collaborative Learning - The online courses are highly interactive and collaborative, allowing you to build strong ties with other students. Maximum flexibility is maintained by the program in an effort to meet both the professional needs of individual students and academic quality standards.

Penn State Legacy - Penn State became a leader in turfgrass education in 1929 when we launched one of the first turfgrass programs in the United States. As the first university to offer a two-year technical program specifically for golf course superintendents, and as the first to offer an undergraduate major in turfgrass science, we built a solid foundation for the turfgrass management programs that we offer today through World Campus:
·    Turfgrass Management Certificate
·    Turfgrass Management, Advanced Certificate
·    Associate in Science in Turfgrass Science and Management
·    Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass Science
·    Master of Professional Studies in Turfgrass Management

GCSAA Credits -- the credits you receive for your Penn State turfgrass courses may be used toward Golf Course Superintendents Association of America education points to meet entry and/or renewal requirements for Class A and/or Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) status. In addition, GCSAA education points earned by members through GCSAA seminars and portfolio requirements may satisfy some requirements of the turfgrass undergraduate degrees or certificates.

Who Should Apply?  The MPS in Turfgrass Management is ideal if you have completed an undergraduate degree and want to improve your turfgrass technology skills. If you already have a solid understanding of turf, this degree can help you gain the business and project management skills to round out your career development.

Career Opportunities - The MPS in Turfgrass Management was created for golf course and sports field professionals who want to extend their career into facility management and operations. If you are interested in product development and regional sales for fertilizer and pesticide companies, this graduate degree can provide you with a solid foundation for a successful career. With the master’s degree, you can work in a variety of positions, including:
·    facility manager
·    facility owner
·    vendor representative
·    turf research and development
·    instructor in an associate degree turfgrass program


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 30

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $761 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 40,000+