Besides successfully completing Coastal Carolina University's academic curriculum, PGA Golf Management Program students must also complete the PGA of America's membership requirements prior to graduation. These requirements include passing the Playing Ability Test (PAT), completing 16 months of paid internship work and successfully completing the PGA’s three-level education program. The extra requirements of the program necessitate that students are enrolled four-and-one-half (4½) years in Coastal Carolina University. There are also additional expenses associated with completing the PGA's membership program (The PGA's membership requirements are subject to change by the PGA of America.)
Eligibility and Selection
Individuals seeking admission into the PGA Golf Management Program must satisfy all Coastal Carolina University entrance requirements, including a separate PGA Golf Management Program application. The first step is to get accepted into the university. Next, a separate PGA Golf Management Program application needs to be completed, and prospects must also provide a verified handicap of 12 or less and a letter of recommendation from a PGA member. Because admission into this program is limited, one must apply to this program as early as possible in the academic year to assure timely consideration for acceptance into the following year's fall class. Additionally, all serious applicants are highly encouraged to visit the CCU campus and meet with one of the PGA Golf Management Program staff members.
Upon successful completion of the PGA Golf Management Program, international students can accept a termed position at a recognized golf facility in the United States under a short-term visa (i.e. OPT/H1B), be elected to PGA membership, leave the U.S. and still maintain their PGA membership provided they uphold all other requirements of PGA membership.