Academics & Admission

The UCCS PGA Golf Management Program offers high-level academic and professional training that prepares its graduates to excel in exciting careers in the golf industry.

About two thirds of the academic coursework in the PGA Golf Management Program is taken in the College of Business with the remainder in areas outside business, thus providing students with broad educational experiences. Most of the academic program is identical to the program pursued by all Business majors. More specific information about the academic curriculum requirements can be found in the PGA Golf Management Model Degree Program.

Unlike other business students, PGA Golf Management students take specialized academic and professional courses that develop their expertise in the areas essential to securing a successful career in the golf industry. The UCCS PGA Golf Management Program offers high-level academic and professional training that prepares its graduates to excel in exciting careers in the golf industry.


The entire curriculum involves three concurrent educational streams:

Business Education

An undergraduate program in business consisting of 120 semester credit hours.

PGA of America 3.1 Training Program

The PGA/PGM Golf Managementâ„¢ 3.1 training program is delivered in partnership with The PGA of America.


At least 16 months of off-campus internships under the supervision of the PGA Golf Management Program Internship Coordinator and PGA Professional managers in the golf industry.

Training Program

The PGA Professional Golf Management Program 3.1 incorporates knowledge and application, integrating them for powerful experiences that help you become the best PGA Golf Professional you can be. The classes build on each other, enhancing and reinforcing knowledge you've gained throughout the program. When you've successfully completed your degree program and the PGA Golf Management Program 3.1, including work experience activities, exams and internships, you will be eligible for election into the PGA of America as a PGA Golf Professional.


PGA Golf Management Internships

Full-time internships are integral to the PGA Golf Management curriculum as important learning and career preparation experiences. 16 months of internship are completed under the direction and mentoring of outstanding PGA Golf Professionals at more than 800 approved excellent facilities throughout the United States, and this number is growing.

PGM student, Justin Study, at his internship in Pebble Beach, CA.
Read about UCCS PGA Golf Management student, Justin Sturdy (above), and his experience at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, CA here

UCCS PGA Golf Management Students have interned at such sites as:

  1. The Broadmoor Golf Club (Colorado)
  2. Bandon Dunes (Oregon)
  3. Whistling Straits (Wisconsin)
  4. PGA of America National Office (Florida)
  5. Pebble Beach (California)
  6. Ocean Reef Club (Florida)
  7. TPC Sawgrass (Florida)
  8. Cherry Hills Country Club (Colorado)
  9. Yellowstone Club (Montana)
  10. TPC San Antonio (Texas)
  11. Congressional Country Club (Virginia)
  12. And many more (over 800+ sites!)

PGA Professional & Player Development

Before graduation, students must pass the Playing Ability Test (PAT), administered by sections of the PGA all over the country. Our Player Development Instructor plans activities and instruction to help you pass this demanding test of your golf skills. Our indoor state-of-the-art swing lab will help you refine your swing year-round so you can play your best.

As a PGA Golf Management student at UCCS, you will go through the training program developed and implemented by the PGA. This includes PGA work-experience activities and online knowledge tests. You will have the opportunity to participate in the following:



Advanced player development program for game improvement

  1. PGA of America Playing Ability Test (PAT) preparation
  2. TrackMan 4 launch monitor
  3. Diverse and extensive tournament schedule, which includes up to 20 events per academic year at 15 different golf courses
  4. Indoor Swing Laboratory with two hitting bays, fitting equipment, and putting green
  5. State of the art repair lab
  6. Multiple golf course memberships

Career enhancing professional development opportunities:

  1. PGA Annual Meeting
  2. PGA Merchandise Show
  3. Colorado PGA Meetings
  4. Industry leading PGA Professional Seminars