Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Golf Management)

Program: BAGM
Credential: Honours Bachelor Degree
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 3 Co-op Work Terms
Length: 8 Semesters, plus 3 work terms
Duration: 4 Years
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


This program provides students with a degree-level education in business management with an applied focus on the golf industry. Students will develop the knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, methodologies, current trends, theoretical approaches and assumptions to manage effectively in the golf industry. Graduates are prepared to think critically and innovatively, and to professionally apply business management skills.

Career Opportunities

This program prepares graduates with a sound basis in the theory and skills necessary to be effective in the workplace and to remain current in their field as they accept rising levels of responsibility and accountability. Specifically, graduates may find employment as General Managers, Assistant General Managers, Directors of golf/club operations, Head Golf Professionals, Associate Golf Professionals, Pro Shop Managers, Events Managers, Golf store retail managers, Golf equipment manufacturers sales representatives, Golf finance / human resources / marketing specialists.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • research and analyze historic, demographic, and global economic trends that will impact business decision making, planning and marketing;
  • create and implement a customer service approach to quality service and customer satisfaction in accordance with accepted ethical practices within the golf industry;
  • analyze business situation and industry specific problems from a multi-functional perspective and provide solutions based on the business decision making process and risk management for human, physical and financial resources;
  • apply a systematic approach to evaluate the operational strengths and weaknesses of a golf business to implement strategies for improvement while demonstrating entrepreneurial initiative;
  • integrate sophisticated academic research skills and methodologies from either the social sciences or arts and humanities to demonstrate a depth of knowledge and application of quantitative and qualitative methods outside of the business discipline;
  • critically examine personal biases and paradigmatic approaches, revising attitudes as appropriate, in order to work in a diverse industry which includes a variety of people, cultures and classes;
  • integrate the different domains of learning as it relates to the cognitive, affective, and kinesthetic aspects of the golf industry;
  • model interpersonal, leadership, and team building skills in diverse settings with critical reflection upon one's own performance;
  • provide ethical, accountable and effective professional practices to individuals and groups in the community from a variety of diverse backgrounds;
  • evaluate and communicate information, both orally and in writing to a range of audiences.

Practical Experience

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website:

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Work Term 1: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019
  • Work Term 2: Summer 2019
  • Sem 5: Fall 2019
  • Sem 6: Winter 2020
  • Work Term 3: Summer 2020
  • Sem 7: Fall 2020
  • Sem 8: Winter 2021


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at http://www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • minimum overall average of 65 per cent
  • six Grade 12 U or M level courses
  • Grade 12 English U
  • Grade 12 U level Mathematics

Mature applicants may also be considered for admission to this program providing their previous school performance and/or recent work record suggests a strong possibility of academic success. In order to qualify, applicants must be 19 years of age by December 31 of the year of admission and must have been away from formal education for at least one year immediately prior to beginning studies. Mature applicants must meet subject prerequisites prior to registration.

Applicants should be aware that first-year enrolment is limited; satisfying minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Selection Process

Selection is based on academic grades and subject prerequisites; applicants must meet minimum averages to receive final acceptance.

Additional Information

This college has been granted consent by the Minister of Training Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a five-year term starting June 25, 2015. The college shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Non-core courses are required in all degree programs to meet the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities benchmark for depth and breadth in degree-level learning. These courses are designed to give students the tools to develop interdisciplinary perspectives that inform their approach to their own discipline, their continued education and their life outside work.

Students are required to take: at least one first year interdisciplinary course (INTS1xxx); two introductory courses in their choice of disciplines outside their main field of study, which may include psychology (PSYC 1000 or PSYC 1001), social science (SOCI 1000), humanities (HUMA 1012), or science (SCEN 1000); one advanced course in a discipline (ex. PSYC3xxx, SOSC3xxx, HUMA3xxx), and; one upper level interdisciplinary course (INTS4xxx). These courses and any remaining non-core course requirements to be selected from the program list.

Graduation Requirements

38 Mandatory Core Courses
3 Mandatory Non-Core Courses
7 Elective Non-Core Courses
3 Co-op Work Terms

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60 percent or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester, and have an overall average of 65 percent in core courses and 60% in non-core courses.


Mandatory Courses
ACTG 1000Introduction to Accounting
ACTG 2000Accounting Applications
BSNS 1003Business Communications
BSNS 2001Ethics for Business
BSNS 2004Organizational Behaviour
BSNS 3000Entrepreneurship and the Business Plan
BSNS 3002Services and Product Innovation
BSNS 4001Service Excellence
BSNS 4002Business Policy Capstone
BSNS 4004Principles of Networking
COSC 1000Computer Studies for Managers in Golf
ECNM 1000Microeconomics
ECNM 1001Macroeconomics
FINC 3001Financial Measurement and Analysis
FINC 3003Corporate Finance
GLFD 1000Golf Etiquette and Game Improvement
GLFD 1001Rules and History of Golf
GLFD 2000Golf Etiquette and Game Improvement 2
GLFD 2003Sales Concepts and Applications for the Golf Industry
GLFD 3001Agronomy for the Golf Industry
GLFD 3002Pro Shop Retail Management
GLFD 4001Golf Course Design and Construction
GLFD 4002Golf Club Administration and Governance
HRMG 4000Human Resource Management
HSPM 3000Food Service Operations Management
HSPM 3001Event Management
HSPM 4000Food Service Control Systems
JURI 1000Legal Aspects in Golf Management
MATS 2000Business Mathematics
MNGM 1000Leadership
MNGM 1001Management Principles
MNGM 2001Project Management
MNGM 4001Inspiring People for / to Exceptional Performance
MNGM 4008Management of Service-Based Organizations
MRKT 1000Introduction to Marketing
MRKT 1001Consumer Behaviour
MRKT 1002Marketing
MRKT 3001Marketing Analysis
Mandatory Non-Core Courses
INTS 1002Introduction to Multidisciplinary Research
PSYC 1000Introduction to Psychology 1
PSYC 3000Applied Sport Psychology
Elective Non-Core Courses
Select 7 courses from the elective list during registration.
Co-op Work Terms
COOP 1024Golf Degree Work Term 1
COOP 2019Golf Degree Work Term 2
COOP 3011Golf Degree Work Term 3

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.