Golf and Sports Turf Management

Golf and Sports Turf Management (GSTM) is the study of plant and soil sciences for the culture of turfgrass on golf and sports facilities. The GSTM curriculum prepares individuals for careers as golf superintendents at private, daily fee, and resort courses or as sports turf managers at city, school and professional sports turf facilities (i.e. football, baseball, soccer fields). New construction of golf courses and sports facilities has led to a heightened demand for trained golf and sports turf management professionals. The curricula focus is on the application of sciences to the integrated management of turfgrasses for athletic fields and golf courses. Central to this course of study is the dedication to conserve, maintain, and enhance our environment.

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  • Assistant Golf Course Superintendent
  • Assistant Athletic Field Manager
  • Sod Farm Sales Representative
  • Sod Farm Manager

  • Equipment Sales Representative
  • Chemical Sales Representative
  • Lawn Care Operator/Supervisor
  • Seed Sales Representative


Students may apply for university, college and departmental scholarships through one application. You can find the scholarship application once you logon to myState. Under the banner tab, select Financial Aid and Scholarships. The application is listed as Submit/Revise General Scholarship Application.

Transfer Students

Students may transfer to Mississippi State University from regionally accredited community, junior or senior colleges for any period of enrollment, provided they have earned a 2.0 GPA (as computed by Mississippi State University) on all college courses attempted as well as earned a 2.0 GPA on the 30-hours of core courses. Transfer students should look at the transfer course equivalent guide to determine which courses will transfer.

Cooperative Education

GSTM students must complete a minimum 12 month or three semester COOP Work at a golf course with an individual who is certified or progressing toward certification with the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America or at a sports stadium with a recognized sports turf manager. One of the three COOP semesters enrolled by the student must be a non-summer semester period. A 2.50 cumulative QPA on all MSU work is required to participate in the GSTM COOP program.

Mississippi State offers many opportunities to gain experience while you attend classes. The MSU Golf Course and MSU Athletic Fields are maintained by students work crews. By working at these facilities, as well as the required coop work experiences, students build a strong resume and work record in addition to attending classes.


Jay McCurdy

Jay McCurdy

Assistant Extension Professor

(662) 325-2331

Barry Stewart

Barry Stewart

Associate Professor

(662) 325-2725