Program Summary

Refine the turfgrass technology, business, and project management skills you need to move your turf career forward. This program allows you to focus your electives on turfgrass science or business while learning how to manage the day-to-day challenges of running a turfgrass facility.

How To Apply
Apply by October 31 to start January 19

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

30 Credits $924 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Expand Your Career Possibilities with an Online Turfgrass Master's Degree

Learn business concepts, personnel management theories, and how to manage the day-to-day challenges of running a turfgrass facility through the new Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Turfgrass Management. Through this program, you can focus on turfgrass science electives or business-related courses and improve your current skills to advance your career in the turfgrass industry.

Why a Turf Degree Online at Penn State

Legacy — Penn State became a leader in turfgrass education in 1929 when we launched one of the first turfgrass programs in the United States. As the first university to offer a two-year technical program specifically for golf course superintendents, and as the first to offer an undergraduate major in turfgrass science, we built a solid foundation for the turfgrass management programs that we offer today through World Campus:

  • Turfgrass Management Certificate
  • Turfgrass Management, Advanced Certificate
  • Associate in Science in Turfgrass Science and Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass Science
  • Master of Professional Studies in Turfgrass Management

GCSAA Credits — the credits you receive for your Penn State turfgrass courses may be used toward Golf Course Superintendents Association of America education points to meet entry and/or renewal requirements for Class A and/or Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) status. In addition, GCSAA education points earned by members through attendance at the National GIS Education Conference and Golf Industry Show seminars may satisfy some requirements of the turfgrass undergraduate degrees or certificates. If you have questions about receiving these credits, please speak with your adviser.

Turfgrass Video

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Who Should Apply?

The MPS in Turfgrass Management is ideal if you have completed an undergraduate degree and want to improve your turfgrass technology skills. If you already have a solid understanding of turf, this degree can help you gain the business and project management skills to round out your career development.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

The MPS in Turfgrass Management was created for golf course and sports field professionals who want to extend their career into facility management and operations. If you are interested in product development and regional sales for fertilizer and pesticide companies, this graduate degree can provide you with a solid foundation for a successful career. With the master’s degree, you can work in a variety of positions, including:

  • facility general manager
  • technical or sales representative
  • turf research and development

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.