Frequently Asked Questions

Is this the appropriate degree program for me?

This program is for:

  1. Working professionals
  2. Degreed professional who need to obtain knowledge and skills in golf enterprise management
  3. Golf professionals seeking to focus their careers to the business side of golf

May I transfer credits into the program from an earlier program?

Yes, when you apply and are accepted for admission, you will need to communicate with:

Kristine Schoonover, Online Program Coordinator
442 Home Economics Building
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715/232-2364

How can I get more information?

To request a packet of information, be added to our email mailing list, or for more information about the program, please contact:

Kristine Schoonover, Online Program Coordinator
442 Heritage Hall
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715/232-2364

Is financial aid available?

Investing in your future is one of the best investments you can make because it will pay you back over your lifetime. College graduates have greater ability to earn more money, have opportunities for more career and lifestyle choices, and gain priceless knowledge.

It’s imperative that our students have every opportunity to further their education without having to worry about limited financial resources.

Financial aid in the form of loans, scholarships and grants is available for degree-seeking students. You can apply online at, or to speak with a financial aid advisor, call UW-Stout’s Financial Aid Office at 715/232-1363 or email

How does an online course differ from an on-campus course?

The difference between an online course and an on-campus course is in the method of accessing and engaging with the content materials. Course objectives and expectations are the same in an online course as an on-campus course, though the methods of delivery may differ significantly. In-class lectures are replaced by various multi-media presentations, students are generally expected to participate frequently in online discussion groups, and materials are accessed and submitted electronically. Materials are offered online (electronically) or may be purchased through online sources.

What system resources do I need to take an online course at the University of Wisconsin-Stout?

Students will need to have access to a computer and to the Internet to enroll in the B.S. in Golf Enterprise Management online program. Dial-up access to the Internet is required, and higher speeds of access (56kbs and higher) will enhance the experience of the course. Because of the interface used in our online courses, AOL is not recommended.

Some courses may include recorded audio and video components, so you will need internet "plug-ins" such as RealPlayer or Quicktime to view these components. You may check with the course instructor before the class begins to find out what additional components will be necessary. Many of these "plug-ins" are available to download free off of the internet. A listing of sites that offer commonly needed and downloadable plug-ins are provided for you on the Free Downloadable Plug-ins page found under Technical Support in the Learner Center.

Do I have to be an experienced Internet/computer user to take an online course?

In order to take an online course, you should be familiar with how to navigate the Internet, use e-mail, and be able to use word processing software (e.g. Microsoft Word). UW-Stout employs Microsoft products and access to this software is required. For some courses, you may be required to have knowledge of various related programs and software (e.g. MS Excel, MS Access, and others).

What are the objectives of the online GEM program?

Core Objectives:

  • Explore the business side of the golf industry.
  • Analyze current issues and trends in the golf industry
  • Examine practices to make current golf operations more profitable.
  • Examine how various types of golf courses operate their facilities.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise a Marketing Plan and a Project Management Plan for a golf operation.
  • Understand current technologies associated with the golf industry.
  • Analyze the principles and philosophies of running a successful golf operation.
  • Interpret educational research and conduct applied research to improve teaching and learning.

Professional Core Objectives:

  • Reflect on one's own practice to select goals and formulate a professional development plan or license renewal plan aligned with the Wisconsin Standards.
  • In collaboration with peers and professors engage in continuous and development associated with the golf industry.

Will I have access to the Stout Library?

Students enrolled in the online Golf Enterprise Management program will have access to the library resources and online catalog.

What does this cost?

Current program costs are available online at the Student Business Services website.