At Delaware Valley University, we are proud to offer a turf management degree that will open doors to an exciting career in the turfgrass industry. The field itself is a lucrative one where individuals work with plants, people and nature. DelVal is the only small, private university offering this four-year B.S. program, which ranks in the top 25 in the U.S.
About the Program
The turf management degree combines basic and applied science with a management focus. Coursework ranges from general chemistry and plant physiology to turf pest management, and students are required to complete an internship program as well.
They can expect small class sizes and a hands-on learning experience alongside professors who work closely with professionals in the industry. We strive to help our students build connections that will be useful to them throughout their education and into their career.
Top 10 reasons students come to DelVal to study turf management
1. Small class size
2. Hands-on learning
3. Near 100% job placement upon graduation
4. Professors are promoted based on teaching quality
5. 70 + golf courses and sports fields within 1 hour
6. Same advisor for all 4 years
7. Professors are academic and career advisors
8. Great reputation in the golf and turf industries
9. Successful graduates
10. Required internship program
With 100 percent of our students having real-world, hands-on experience, graduates with a degree in turf management are employed in a variety of related industries such as:
- Golf courses
- Sports fields
- Lawn care
- Sod farms
- Sales and service
- Research and consulting
Facilities include a turf research center, putting green, athletic fields and acres of lawn turf. Small classes make it easy to hop into a van and visit some of the 70 golf courses less than an hour's drive from campus. Many of the students join the student-run Turf Club which takes trips, hosts speakers and attends conferences. Dr. Doug Linde, who heads the turf management program and teaches various turf courses, is the advisor of the Turf Club. He also consults, conducts research, coaches the golf team and is an avid golfer.
The Experience360 Program
Experience360 (E360) is crucial for a student looking to enter the turf management industry. This program embraces a wide range of activities and opportunities that give students a well-rounded experience and prepares them for a life of meaningful work, service and career growth. From day one, students build their career through an introductory course that involves professional development and problem-based learning.
The program requires the completion of a minimum of two Experience360 activities. These activities allow degree-earners to integrate knowledge and experience, which contributes to the experiential learning component offered by DelVal. By participating in this program, students gain real-world competencies through internships, career exploration, student research, study abroad, leadership development, community service or civic engagement. As a result, many have full-time jobs in the turf industry upon graduating from DelVal.
Turf Management Degree Graduates: Where Are They Now?
A degree in turf management has resulted in a wide range of jobs for our graduates. These include, but are not limited to:
- Golf course superintendent
- Sports turf manager
- Lawn care manager
- Grounds manager
- Sod production manager
- Turf sales and service
- Turf management research, instruction and consulting