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Choosing the Right School for Your Turf Management Degree

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Posted on June 21, 2016 by Delaware Valley University.

Turf management is an exciting, dynamic field. For students who enjoy spending time outside, receiving a turf management degree is a satisfying, rewarding experience. But with dozens of turf management programs to choose from, how do you pick the right one for your career goals?

That’s what we discuss in our post below. When exploring turf management degree programs, here’s what you should look for in schools.

Well-Rounded Class Schedule

Turf management students have several career paths to consider. After graduation, some work as grounds managers, golf course superintendents, sports turf managers or even in turf sales.

With so many paths to choose from, it’s important that your turf management degree combines several disciplines, including business management, liberal arts, communication and basic and applied science. These skills will come in handy throughout your turf management career and will help you to learn the ins and outs of your trade.

Small Class Sizes

Turf management is a highly specialized, niche field, so we recommend choosing a school with small class sizes.

Unlike large lecture halls, turf management students receive individualized attention when classes are smaller. You also have more opportunities to participate, get to know your classmates or ask your professors for help.

These experiences are invaluable for any college student, especially when pursuing a degree as specialized as turf management.

Learning Opportunities Outside Class

Some students at Delaware Valley University learn about turf management while working at golf courses or for their local baseball team. Others assist professors with their research throughout the school year.

If you’re considering a turf management degree, look for programs that offer learning experiences outside class, like Experience360 at DelVal. These can include internships, research or study abroad, and each provides invaluable, hands-on experience that you need for success. 

While pursuing your degree, getting experience in the turf management field can help you to explore career paths, narrow down your professional interests and eventually find a job that you love. Find out what experiential learning opportunities your school offers and decide whether they’re right for you.

Choose a Credible Program

There are several great turf management programs out there. However, when you pick your school, make sure that it has a strong curriculum, good career development opportunities and a solid reputation in the turf industry. 

Recently, DelVal was rated as one of the top 25 turf schools in the country. In fact, turf industry professionals visit classrooms to discuss their careers and future opportunities. DelVal is a worth considering if you’re pursuing a turf management career.

To find out more, contact DelVal online or by calling 800-2-DelVal.