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Turfgrass Degrees and Certificates

Penn State offers 2-year and 4-year undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates in turfgrass science, including online programs.

Undergraduate Degree and Certificate

The Turfgrass Science degree program provides courses in basic and applied sciences, business management, and an internship to prepare students for careers in turfgrass management and related areas.

Better known as the "2-Year Program," this Professional Certificate Program is designed to provide students with in-class and hands-on learning opportunities.

Online Programs

Enrolling in Penn State's online certificate program in turfgrass management is a great way to expand your expertise as a professional in any turfgrass-related field. Whether you work in golf course maintenance, professional lawn care, grounds maintenance, sod production, sales and service, athletic field maintenance, or research support, this program can help you excel in your career. And the online courses in this 15-credit minimum course of study can be completed around your own schedule, where and when it's most convenient for you.

Enrolling in Penn State's online advanced certificate in turfgrass management program is a great way to take your career to the next level — in any turfgrass-related field. This 30-credit certificate program is a comprehensive course of study that builds upon the basic turfgrass management certificate program. It's ideal for those who already have a bachelor's degree in another field and for those who are working toward a bachelor's degree in turfgrass.

This program's 86 major credits cover a wide range of topics essential to contemporary turfgrass management. In addition to covering pesticides, weed control, morphology, entomology, pathology, edaphology, and cultural systems, the program is designed to sharpen your skills in such areas as business management, speech communications, and organic chemistry.

Have turf maintenance experience? Penn State’s online Associate in Science in Turfgrass Science and Management can provide you with the ability to plan and implement projects, communicate effectively, conduct training programs, and manage finances.

Designed and taught by Penn State's renowned turfgrass faculty, as well as faculty from other disciplines, the Master of Professional Studies in Turfgrass Management (MPS-TM) is ideal for individuals who want to hone their turfgrass technology skills or, for those who already have a solid understanding of turf, this degree can provide the business and project management skills to round out career development.