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

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Program Details

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 Certificate from Rutgers.

Button: How to Earn a 2-Year Turf Certificate from Rutgers

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).

Winter 2023:
January 4 to March 17, 2023

Fall 2023:
October 4 to December 15, 2023

Class Times
The class times will run from 9:00am to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Classroom Locations & Field Trips*

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.

* Federal, state, and Rutgers regulations permitting.

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 2022 and Winter 2023, the tuition is $5,395 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.

Additional fees for International students: approximately $750 payable to Rutgers University (for SEVIS administration and health insurance fee) before students can apply for the F-1 visa and $510 to the U.S. Department of State and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (for SEVIS fee and visa fee) after obtaining the form I-20 (required to apply for the F-1 visa).

How to Enroll
Students must complete an application and be accepted into the program. A high school diploma or GED is required for admission. Click here to learn about the application process.

COVID-19 Policy
The Office of Continuing Education and the Professional Golf Turf Management School must abide by Rutgers University COVID Policies, including Section 60.1.36, which states:

  • All University Affiliates ("program participants") must provide proof of COVID-19 Immunization or provide a negative COVID-19 PCR or lab-processed antigen test meeting requirements of this Policy. In the event that a regular/recurring COVID-19 vaccine becomes recommended by the CDC (similar to an annual flu shot), this Policy makes such regular/recurring vaccination or negative COVID-19 PCR or lab-processed antigen test mandatory for the individuals referenced above.
  • If an individual is going to be on campus for more than seven consecutive days due to the nature of their affiliation with the University, then a negative PCR test or lab-processed antigen test must be provided at commencement of the activity and then provided weekly after the initial PCR or lab-processed antigen test.

Physical vaccination card and/or negative COVID-19 PCR or lab-processed antigen test and a valid photo ID will need to be presented at the door before classes begin.

To ensure adequate time for an immune response to occur, a person is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after completion of a two-dose mRNA series (Pfizer or Moderna) or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

For those submitting to the required weekly testing, you will also need to provide the required form of proof of a negative test every Monday before the first class of the day for every proceeding week of the program.

For up to date information on Rutgers Covid-19 policies, please go to:

(Adopted 08/01/2022)

Refund Policy
You may withdraw from this course in writing (via email to up to 5 business days before the class begins and receive a full refund, less a $300.00 processing fee. If you do not do so, you may be responsible for the full registration fee.

If you must drop out after the course begins, there are partial refund options available until the fifth week of class (see student handbook for details). In the event that this happens, you will need to work directly with the program coordinator to find out your refund amount and the steps to proceed with this option.

How Refunds are Processed:

  • Credit Card Payments: A refund will be issued back to the same credit card. Please allow up to 72 hours for the refund to appear on your statement.
  • Check, Cash, or Money Order Payments: A refund will be issued by check to the individual who made the original payment. Please allow 6-8 weeks to receive your payment.