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Go Green! Get an Online Bachelors Degree in Turf Grass Management

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Go Green! Get an Online Bachelors Degree in Turf Grass Management

Love golf? Have an aptitude for business? Enjoy science and the great outdoors? An online bachelors degree in turf grass management may be the perfect career! This exciting and innovative degree program offered by Penn State University combines the best of all worlds into an online format that is flexible, convenient and in high demand.

Turf Grass Management may not have been a program you have considered in the past but there is unmet need and a growing demand for professional turf grass managers. The skills and knowledge required present a rigorous program of study but is well rewarded upon completion! Before graduating you will gain competency in turf grass and soil science, irrigation, pest control, budgeting and business management.

Career Opportunities abound for professionals who hold a bachelors degree in turf grass management. Examples of common job titles include:

Golf Course Superintendent. Average starting salary is approximately $35,000 with the national average for head superintendents reaching more than $80,000.

Sports Turf Management. The average salary of sports turf managers is about $44,000 and working environment includes sports fields such as baseball, football, soccer and lacrosse.

Private Sector. There is a diverse range of need including theme parks, private grounds, corporate landscaping and much more. Compensation varies tremendously due to the nature of owning ones own business.

If you have experience or certification in the field then you may be eligible for “lifetime learning” credit which may dramatically reduce the time it takes you to earn a bachelors degree. According to the Penn State website: “Up to 30 of the 120 credits required for the degree may be earned from "lifetime learning." Eighteen of those 30 credits can be awarded for a satisfactory GCSAA certification portfolio, with up to 6 credits for each of the 3 components: work samples, skill statements, and case studies with scenarios. The remaining 12 credits can be earned from satisfactory completion of GCSAA seminars, with a half credit for each 8-hour seminar.”

To get started you will need to complete a formal application and application fee. Be prepared to submit transcripts of your high school diploma or GED and any other schools you may have attended. It's always a good idea to request letters of reference and speak to an academic advisor about the application process. Be sure to request a complete outline of your proposed plan of study especially if you hope to transfer credit hours or apply for lifetime learning credit toward your degree.



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