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.
Become a Turfgrass Management Leader
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
In addition to the required courses, students also take an additional 15 credits of elective coursework to focus on their particular interest within turfgrass facility management. A total of 18 program credits must be 500-level or higher, with at least 6 credits of 500-level coursework. This requirement is met through the required courses, the project, and at least one 500-level elective.
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.