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Bachelor of Applied Science - Golf Course Management

Applications Open: October

Length of Program: Diploma + Two Years

Program Status: Open

Obtain the highest level credential in the golf course industry with the Bachelor of Applied Science - Golf Course Management. Having completed the Turfgrass Management diploma, you’ll spend the next two years focused on honing your skills and techniques needed for managing a golf course’s complex ecosystem.

A curriculum focused on business, applied science and advanced technical training, taught by industry professionals who have worked as superintendents, will prepare you for an exciting career in environmental and operational management.

Work-Integrated Learning: As a fourth year student of the Bachelor of Applied Science - Golf Course Management program, you will be required to complete an eight-month Directed Field Study, where they will gain valuable hands-on experience in a mentored workplace setting.

Program Intakes: Fall Intake (November start)

Applications Open: First Wednesday (9 a.m.) of October for the Fall Intake

Length of Program: Diploma + Two Years

Method of Delivery: Hybrid full-time, synchronous program delivery. Students can access the program online or on-campus, the classes will be taught synchronously.

Credentials: Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a Bachelor of Applied Science in Golf Course Management from Olds College.

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  • "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

Admission Requirements

  • 2.5 GPA in the 60 credits from the Olds College Turfgrass Management Diploma, or an equivalent program, or a degree in a closely related area.

  • OR Certified Journeyperson Landscape Horticulturist with a Red Seal

  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement.

International Students in this program will require a Co-Op Permit, a Study Permit and a Social Insurance Number for this program.

Transfer Options: Olds College has developed agreements with other educational institutions to allow for transition to Olds College, or to another institution to continue your education. Articulations & Agreements

Out of Province Applicants: Please refer to the Provincial Equivalency Chart for course equivalencies.

International Applicants: Olds College welcomes applications from International Applicants and those who have completed their high school education outside of Canada. Please note, it is still necessary to meet all of the noted admission requirements, including English Language Proficiency.

Tuition & Fees

  • Year 3: Tuition: $5,020 / Fees: $1,025 / Books & Supplies: $500

  • Year 4: Tuition: $4,010 / Fees: $675  / Books & Supplies: $0

Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for complete details.

* Please note that international students pay 3.5 times the domestic tuition amount. These fees are provided as estimates only for the purposes of budgeting. All students should refer to the Fee Schedule for the most accurate information and all fees are subject to change.*

Tuition, Fees & Payments

Scholarships & Student Awards

Olds College offers over 450 awards, valued at $500,000+ in scholarships, bursaries and prizes. Thanks to our industry partners, alumni, and friends of Olds College we are fortunate to offer a generous student awards program to students.

For additional information on scholarships, bursaries and prizes at Olds College, visit Scholarships & Awards

Entrance Awards Available!

Entrance awards range from $250 - $1500 for students applying for the 2022-2023 academic year and have a paid tuition deposit by June 15, 2022.

Awards are selected randomly from those that have applied and qualify based on the criteria.
Award will be applied as a tuition credit to the student's account after the add/drop course deadline, confirming full-time attendance.
Not all that apply will receive an entrance award.

Student Funding

For information on how to apply for government student loans, financial aid or for help with financial planning, visit our Student Funding page.

Course Details

For course descriptions and requisites, view the Academic Calendar.

Academic Calendar: Bachelor of Applied Science - Golf Course Management

Term 1
  • Completed the following:
    • BHO3100 - Research Methods (3-0-0 hrs)
    • BHO3300 - Project Management Principles (3-0-0 hrs)
    • BHO3999 - Directed Field Study Preparation (3-0-0 hrs)
Term 2
  • Completed the following:
    • TRF3000 - Creating an Agronomic Calendar (3-0-0 hrs)
    • TRF3020 - Assessing Water Quality on Golf Courses (3-0-0 hrs)
    • TRF3120 - Maintaining Golf Course Design Integrity (3-0-0 hrs)
    • TRF3800 - Evaluating Master Planning Strategies (3-0-0 hrs)
    • TRF4100 - Certified Environmental Professional (0-6-0 hrs)
    • TRF4200 - Golf Operational Management (3-0-0 hrs)
    • TRF3100 - Exploring Case Studies in Golf Course Management (3-0-0 hrs)
Term 3
  • Completed or concurrently enrolled in:
    • BHO4999 - Horticulture Directed Field Study (0-0-0 hrs)
Term 4
  • Completed the following:
    • BHO4999 - Horticulture Directed Field Study (0-0-0 hrs)

Career Opportunities

Olds College has a solid reputation working with employers in the industry! This directly translates into jobs for our graduates. Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Landscape firms
  • Contracting for landscape services
  • Grounds maintenance services

Visit ALIS to find Occupational Profiles with current wages, industry trends and more!

ALIS Occupational Profiles

Admitted Students Information

Program Dates

Find out when your 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 preferred

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:

The following items are required to be purchased before the program starts:

  • Pair of CSA approved safety-toed boots
  • Adequate clothing for outdoor activities
  • Pair of good quality safety glasses

Information on 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:

  • Safety Regulations: Wearing safety equipment and abiding by industry safety standards is mandatory within our program.

  • Time Requirements: Students are typically in class or on field trips for up to 3-8 hours a day, on each weekday, with normal class hours ranging from 8 am to 12:15 pm. Occasionally, overnight and weekend trips will occur. Ample forewarning of overnight stays and field trips, their times and dates will be provided along with the necessary requirements for attending them. 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.

  • 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 college. A familiarity and comfort in the use of Google products, word processing, spreadsheet and e-mailing software will be a definite asset. Students have the ability to take notes directly into their devices as the class proceeds. You will be schooled in other systems once you arrive and as need dictates. For example, the learning management system ‘Moodle’ is commonly used in the School of Animal Science and Horticulture and you will be introduced to its use and application in your very first classes.

  • Student Clubs: The Horticulture and Turf Clubs are examples of groups that offer an additional dimension to your Olds College experience. There are also a number of college sports teams, some of which participate at the inter-collegiate level while others are purely recreational.

  • Lockers: Lockers are available in the Land Sciences Building. 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 and to register your locker

For More Information

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

☎ 403.556.8281
☎ 1.800.661.6537
✉ golf@oldscollege.ca

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