Turfgrass Management

Diploma in Turfgrass Management (DTM)

Why Turfgrass Management?

From sports field management to golf course superintendents, an associate diploma in Turfgrass Management (DTM) from the U of G puts you in high demand for career opportunities in the growing turfgrass industry. If you love science, sports, recreation and the environment, a career in turfgrass management is the perfect program for you. Graduates of the 2-year Turfgrass Management diploma program from the University of Guelph, are highly skilled and knowledgeable leaders who are self-reliant and competitive in this niche sector.

To see all courses offered in this diploma, visit the Academic Calendar.

Join a Dynamic and Growing Field

 Launch Your Career in 2 Years

Start your career in only two years through this unique applied Associate Diploma offered through the University of Guelph.

 Learn from the best

Learn from academic experts and industry professionals who apply research and scientific theory to real-world challenges.

 Access Unique Facilities

Approach your learning hands-on, with support from U of G faculty and industry professionals and utilize the extensive facilities of the campus and the Guelph Turfgrass Institute.

 Gain Hands-on Experience

Combine practical and scientific study with field trips, hands-on labs, interpretive walks, industry guest speakers and a mandatory co-op.

 Small Class Sizes

Enjoy the benefits of very small class sizes where instructors know you by name. No large lecture halls here!

 Unique Career Opportunities

Graduates of the DTM are in extremely high demand right now and the program is recognized internationally by the recreation, golf course, sod production and sports field employers.

What Can You Do with an Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management?

From sports field management to consultants to golf course superintendents, an associate diploma in Turfgrass Management from the U of G puts you in high demand for career opportunities, positioning you to become a knowledgeable, self-reliant and competitive contributor to the growing turfgrass industry. Graduates of the program are working for BMO Field, TPC Toronto, City of Guelph, Cabot Links, Capilano Golf Club in BC and St. Andrews in Scotland, 

Here are just a few careers our DTM program graduates have successfully pursued:

  • Golf course superintendent
  • Sports field manager
  • Sod production and sales manager
  • Parks and recreation manager
  • Lawn care specialist and manager
  • Hotel/resort grounds manager

Application Information

Gain Career Experience Through Co-op

All students in the Turfgrass Management program engage in a 15-week, paid co-op term that provides you with relevant work experience and networking opportunities prior to graduating. University staff and faculty support your co-op application process, including interview preparation and resume building. Your paid co-op term occurs in the summer months between your first and second year. 

International students who have been accepted to this program are required to obtain a co-op work permit. Visit the U of G’s co-op website for more details.

DTM Co-op Info Sheet

Students in the DTM program may also be interested in studying Crop Science, Horticulture, or other majors.

Carl Shin
The small class sizes are by far my favourite part. My class is a tight-knit group already, and we get to know our instructors well. The program also blends in hands-on learning coupled with turfgrass management theories, so we understand both sides.

Carl Shin
Turfgrass Management
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I enjoy being taught by professors that worked in the industry prior to teaching. They bring a lot of knowledge and experience to the program. I find it’s a very hands-on, discussion-based and inclusive program.

Katie Giles
Turfgrass Management
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