Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School:
Two-Year Certificate Program

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Program Details

For the safety and health of our students, faculty, and staff, the Fall 2021 session of our 2-Year Certificate Program will be conducted online. We hope to run the Winter 2022 session on campus if federal, state, and university safety regulations permit. Learn more.

Alumnus Sean Crawford describes the focused, comprehensive education students receive at The Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School.

Program Schedule:
Consisting of two (2) ten-week classroom sessions sandwiched around a 9-month break (during which you must complete a paid 200 hour required internship), our Two-Year Certificate Program
minimizes your time away from work and home. If you attend your first ten-week session during the fall, you will return for your second ten-week session the following fall season. Likewise, if you attend your first ten-week session during the winter, you will return for your second ten-week session the following winter season.

Click here for a How-To Guide on earning a 2-Year Turf Certifcate from Rutgers.

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Session Dates:

The Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School offers the Two-Year Certificate Program every Fall (October through mid-December) and Winter (January through mid-March).

Fall 2021:
September 30 to December 17, 2021 (Online)

Winter 2022:
January 5 to March 18, 2022 (On campus, if federal, state, and university safety regulations permit)

Class Times
For online sessions, the class times will be11am to 5pm EDT/EST, Monday through Friday. The online sessions include a combination of live classes that require participation and prerecorded lectures that are viewable at any time. When we resume in person classes, the class times will run from 8:30am to 2:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Classroom Locations & Field Trips

The Fall 2021 session will be held online. Students can participate in all class activites from the comfort and safety of their own computers.

When we resume in person sessions, students will attend class at the Ralph Geiger Turfgrass Education Center, located adjacent to our turfgrass research complex, and at the Holly House, nestled within a world-renowned collection of American hollies in the Rutgers Gardens.

New Jersey is home to many of the world's most highly-rated golf courses. During each session, students visit many of these acclaimed courses, including Baltusrol Golf Club or Pine Valley Golf Club. Students will also tour the United States Golf Association (USGA) Museum and Archives, and go "behind the scenes" to meet the staff in the testing laboratory where the USGA tests golf equipment. The USGA Museum is home to the world's most extensive collections of golf memorabilia and literature.

Required Internship
To graduate you must successfully complete both ten-week sessions of class as well as a 200+ hour paid internship field experience. You may complete your internship by working on the golf course at which you are currently employed or we can assist you in locating an internship position.

Requirements for all internships include maintaining a daily log of activities, actual operation of various pieces of equipment, and participation in various cultural practices. You will present your field experience activities in a written and oral report during your second ten-week session.

Grading Policy and Graduation Requirements

Student performance will be evaluated in each class based on a combination of examinations, term papers, projects, attendance, and class participation. Students should allow approximately 20 hours per week for class preparation. Certificates of Completion are awarded to all students who successfully complete both semesters of class work, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, and who successfully complete a summer field internship. Recognition for highest honors and honors is noted on certificates.

Program Costs:

The non-refundable application fee is $50.

For Fall 2021 and Winter 2022, the tuition is $5,195 for each ten week session (same rate applies to both NJ and out-of-state residents). If tuition is not paid in full one month prior to the first day of class, an additional $250 fee will be charged.

If tuition rates go up after your first year, your second year tuition rate will NOT go up; it will remain the same as the previous year.

Tuition is payable upon acceptance to our program by credit card (MasterCard, VISA, Discover, or American Express), certified check (no personal checks will be accepted), or money order. The full cost of each ten-week session must be paid in full prior to the first day of class.

Other costs not covered by tuition include books (approximately $200), travel expenses, housing, local transportation, food, and entertainment.

How to Enroll
Students must complete an application and be accepted into the program. Click here to learn about the application process.