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What is Turf Management?

Turfgrass Management

Cultivate your career with the science of managing turf and the art of managing people and organizations. Practical skills, valued credentials, and new career insights and opportunities await you. The Turf Management option prepares undergraduates for challenging careers in turfgrass management or advanced studies in turfgrass science.

A strong foundation in basic sciences, plant sciences, communications, mathematics and humanities provides a well-rounded education and prepares students to solve problems creatively. Nearly 100 percent of graduating turfgrass specialists, at OSU and nationwide, accept positions in the turfgrass industry upon graduation. Video: Why Horticulture with a Turfgrass Option?

Degree Program

The multi-disciplinary, nationally-respected turfgrass program provides a well-rounded education, and prepares students to solve problems creatively. Get hands-on training at our turfgrass research center on the edge of campus, then polish your skills with an internship experience. Students may choose courses that lead to a built-in minor in Soil Science while completing this option.

OSU Turf Baseball Field

Alumni Spotlight—Kyle Waters, Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, 2003

A former Stillwater resident and horticulture student, Kyle Waters is the Sr. Associate Athletics Director of Facilties for Oklahoma State University. Waters was the Assistant General manager for the Stub Hub Center home of the LA Galaxy soccer club, a 250-acre multi-sports facility in Carson, California until April 2016 when he was hired by Cowboy Athletic Director Mike Holder. Waters is busy as OSU is close to finishing the soccer stadium, the cross country field, equestrian field and the baseball stadium should be completed around November 2019.


In addition to University and College of Agriculture scholarships the Department awards approximately $80,000 in scholarships each year and some of those scholarships are geared specifically for Public Horticulture students.

To be eligible for Departmental scholarships students must complete the College of Agriculture scholarship form.

For scholarship information for incoming freshman, incoming transfer, continuing students and graduate students, click here.