Programs in turfgrass management are typically available at 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities. Students can find educational opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
10 Turf Management Schools
These ten schools offer turf management programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degree offered||Tuition* (In-state, 2015-2016)|
|Pennsylvania State University - World Campus||University Park, PA||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Certificate||$13,516 undergraduate, $19,328 graduate|
|Rutgers University - New Brunswick||New Brunswick, NJ||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Graduate Certificate||$14,131 undergraduate, $16,272 graduate|
|Walla Walla Community College||Walla Walla, WA||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$4,260|
|Washington State University||Pullman, WA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$11,967|
|SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill||Cobleskill, NY||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's||$7,719|
|Western Kentucky University||Bowling Green, KY||4-year, Public||Associate's||$9,482|
|Auburn University||Auburn, AL||4-year, Public||Master's||$8,802|
|University of Georgia||Athens, GA||4-year, Public||Undergraduate Certificate||$319 - $379**|
|Lincoln Land Community College||Springfield, IL||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$5,232|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School website
School Selection Criteria
Here are some important considerations when choosing a school.
- Students should consider their educational background and career goals when choosing a school. Some certificate programs are designed for experienced professionals; degree programs provide a broad education that can benefit students seeking a career in the field.
- It may be helpful to choose a school that offers hands-on experience opportunities, such as internships or on-site training, which provide practical experience.
- Students who are balancing their education with full-time work or other obligations may try to find programs that offer programs in part-time or online formats.
- Students who want to specialize in a particular type of turf, such as golf turf or sports turf, should find out if the school offers concentration options.
Associate's Degree Programs
An associate's degree program in turfgrass management is for individuals who want to gain entry-level employment in the field of turf management. An associate's degree program typically takes two years to complete and includes courses in irrigation and drainage design, plant biology, business communications and landscaping. Students may also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through labs and an internship.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
A bachelor's degree program in turfgrass management is for those who want to gain an advanced education and create more career opportunities. Bachelor's degree programs typically include an internship and take roughly four years to complete. At some schools, turf management is offered as a concentration within a broader agriculture or plant science major.
Master's Degree Programs
At a few schools, working professionals in the turf management field can pursue a master's degree. These programs typically include advanced courses in the scientific aspects of turfgrass, such as plant population biology and turfgrass physiology, as well as management courses that prepare students for leadership positions. Most programs do not include a thesis, but students may be required to complete a final capstone project.
At the undergraduate level, certificate programs provide basic education in turf management, preparing students for entry-level careers. Other certificate programs are designed for current professionals working in lawn care, as well as golf course managers. These programs may last 1-2 years and include coursework that helps students build their design, maintenance and technical skills. Topics of study include irrigation systems, horticulture and business management.
Both aspiring and experienced turf managers can find relevant educational opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Some schools offer programs online.