Length of Program: Diploma +2 YearsProgram Intakes:  Fall Intake (November program start)Fall 2019

Bachelor of Applied Science - Golf Course Management

“The program is structured differently so that students work through the entire golf season; this is a benefit to both the student and the golf courses. The students will now be working and learning in October when the courses are put to bed. We are happy to be student mentors. There is a shortage of skilled professionals in our industry and golf courses scramble to grab graduates from Olds College. The programs are filled with options and will definitely help propel a student’s career.”

Dustin Zdan – Superintendent, Connaught Golf Club

Student on Golf Course

What can you expect from our program?

The Bachelor of Applied Science - Golf Course Management is the prestigious credential that today’s golf course industry professionals are looking for. Within Canada this degree is the highest level of education you can achieve in the turfgrass management profession. To enter into the Bachelor of Applied Science - Golf Course Management you must first complete the Turfgrass Management Diploma.

If you are interested in learning environmental and operational management on the job, this is the program for you. You will learn from professionals that have worked as course superintendents and are still active in the industry.

What will you learn?

Based on the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association’s National Occupational Standards profile, and the advice of industry experts, you will learn the skills and techniques needed for managing a golf course’s complex ecosystem. The program provides business, applied science and advanced technical training.


Program at a glance

Credential: Applied Degree

Length of Program: 2 Years

Method of Delivery: On-Campus and Online

Directed Field Study/Work Term/Practicum: Yes, an 8-month Directed Field Study is completed at the end of the program.

Program Intakes: Fall Intake (November program start online, January start on campus)

Applications Open: October 1 for the fall Intake

Selection Process for Admission: First Qualified, First Accepted

Tuition, Mandatory Fees, Books, and Supplies: Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for details

What do I need to apply?

Admission Requirements:

  • 2.5 GPA in the 60 credits from the Olds College Turfgrass Management certificate and diploma programs, or an equivalent program, or a degree in a closely related area

International Students will require a Co-Op Work Permit as well as a Study Permit for this program.

Where can I live on campus?


CHOC is the exclusive service provider of on-campus housing for Olds College. Live in Centennial Village, our newest campus living facility featuring 450 private suites (no roommates), or in College Courts our 4-bedroom townhouses. Enjoy a short commute to class, partake in weekly residence life events and enjoy the safety of living on campus.

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I have some more questions. Who do I contact for help?

Our Admissions office can help navigate you through the admissions process and answer any questions you have about your program of study.



Admitted Students

Admitted Student Information

Program Dates: Find out when you term start and end dates are, so that you know when you are expected to be in attendance. For more information, please review the Program Dates & Fee Schedule.

Class Registration: You will be registered into your classes automatically. This will happen approximately 1 month prior to the start-date for your program. You will be notified once you have been timetabled into your courses. You will be able to see your class schedule in your My Olds College account. If you need to make any changes to your class registration, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Technology Recommendation: It is strongly recommended that you come to Olds College with the following technology:

  • A laptop is recommended

As part of your student accounts, all students have access to Office 365 for the duration of their time with Olds College. To access this you just need to follow these steps:

  • Go to portal.office.com
  • Enter your Olds College email address and password
  • Once logged in there is a button on the right that says "Install Office Apps"

This will give you access to the full Office suite on your computer, for both Windows and Mac based platforms.


Materials & Supplies:

Information on other required textbooks and any further supplies will be provided as you attend each class. All books and supplies will be available during the first few weeks of classes in the College Campus Store.


Other Important Information:

  • Time Requirements: Students are typically in class or on field trips for up to 3-6 hours a day Monday through Friday, with normal in-class hours running from 9 am to noon. Occasionally, overnight trips may be necessary. You will also be expected to complete numerous assignments outside of regularly scheduled classes that will vary in terms of their demands upon your time. This amount of time will vary with each course that you take, but a reasonable estimate would be 50 hours per week of effort inclusive of class time.
  • Student Clubs: It is recommended to join the Turf Club and become a CGSA member (if you have not already done so). There are also a number of college sports teams, some of which participate at the inter-collegiate level while others are purely recreational.
  • Additional Skills: Basic computer skills are recommended for all and it is certainly beneficial to have some prior experience with computers before you arrive at the College. A familiarity and comfort in use of Google Docs, word processing, spreadsheet and e-mailing software will be a definite asset.
  • Lockers: All you need to do during your first few days at Olds is to select one without a lock and it’s yours for the duration. It is strongly recommend that you select a locker in the first week of classes because of high demand. You are required to provide your own lock.