Turfgrass students inspecting grass on golf course

Long known to be a national leader in the Turfgrass industries, Stockbridge School of Agriculture's bachelor program in Turfgrass Science and Management has again been recognized as the #2 program in the country, and #1 in New England. 

The Stockbridge BS is an applied science program that focuses on the production and maintenance of grassed areas, including home lawns, parks, golf courses, and other athletic surfaces.

This concentration integrates scientific theory with practical experience and covers such topics as grass and seed identification, turfgrass culture and physiology, pest control, and equipment maintenance.

Students in this concentration have the option of selecting a business management or a science focus.  Many graduates find employment in the golf course industry, while others choose to specialize in sports turf management. The lawn care industry also employs many of our graduates in jobs as varied as research, sales, and direct lawn maintenance.  We also offer a two-year associate degree program.  Both programs have a 100% employment rate after graduation.

Our 30-acre Joseph Troll Turf Research Center allows our students to participate in cutting-edge field research on emerging best practices for turf maintenance and care. 

We are also the nation's only tennis turf research program.  Our UMass Turf Club is an official Student Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendants Assocaition of America (GCSAA), and our students successfully place at competitive regional turf conferences. 

Scholarships are offered by many national & regional turfgrass organizations such as: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Professional Grounds Management Society, Scotts Company Scholars Program, Sports Turf Managers Association, Charles & Frances Osterman Scholarship, New England Sports Managers Association, and the Troll-Dickinson Scholarship.

The 2022 rankings by College Raptor can be seen here.

Learn more about the Turfgrass degree programs at Stockbridge School of Agriculture.