Professional Tennis Management
Why Choose Professional Tennis Management?
Tennis, “the sport of a lifetime,” which can be played by ages 4–95, maintains its position as one of the fastest growing traditional sports. With more than 20,000 types of tennis facilities in the U.S., from resorts, parks & rec., commercial and private clubs, and an estimated 19,800 tennis specific businesses and organizations, there are boundless viable career opportunities within the tennis industry.
In 1986, the Ferris Professional Tennis Management (PTM) program was the first four year bachelor’s degree program to combine tennis and business. It remains the largest and the model bachelor degree program of its kind in the nation, placing 100% of its graduates since its inception and producing graduates that are tennis industry leaders.
PTM students receive a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a choice of any minor through Ferris' accredited College of Business. Its combined emphasis on tennis skills, training, and the management of tennis as a business, uniquely prepares its students to excel in the tennis industry and business. This program truly merges theory with practice by including three internships. PTM students receive on-the-job training by completing two paid outside internships at clubs, resorts and facilities all over the United States. The third internship is on-going at the university-owned and operated 19 court indoor/outdoor Racquet and Fitness Center that is managed by a USPTA Professional and used as a laboratory for PTM students. With a placement rate of 100 percent since its inception, the PTM program is a gateway to great career opportunities.
Our graduates enjoy careers as Head or Assistant Tennis Professionals, Directors of Tennis, Managers, Business Owners, Sales Representatives, and more.
The program encourages excellence in all aspects of the sport and provides a solid, well-rounded business foundation in addition to the student's choice of approved minor. PTM graduates leave the program as both USPTA and PTR certified tennis professionals.
Due to the support from key tennis industry organizations that include; the United States Tennis Association and USTA University, United States Professional Tennis Association, Professional Tennis Registry, Wilson Sporting Goods, and the United States Racquet Stringers Association, graduates from the PTM program at Ferris State can look forward to exciting careers within the tennis industry.
New Students: 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from high school, NTRP of 4.0 with USTA district ranking or proven ability at the high school level, and one of the following two criteria: (1) Math ACT score of 19 or higher; (2) Reading ACT score of 19 or higher. A letter of reference from a USPTA professional, tennis coach, or school administrator verifying playing ability is required.
Transfer Students: Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended, and the following criteria: (1) transfer equivalency for ENGL 150 or placement in ENGL 150 the first semester at FSU which would require an English ACT score or 16 or higher; Compass score 70-100 (2) transfer equivalency for FSU MATH 115 or placement in MATH 115 the first semester at FSU which would require a Math ACT score of 19 or higher; Compass Algebra score 46-74 and HS Algebra with 2.0 (3) NTRP of 4.0 with USTA district ranking.
Exceptions: Applicants not meeting the above criteria (new or transfer students) for direct admission into the program, but still meet Ferris State University admissions criteria, will be placed in the Pre-Tennis Management program until the admission criteria are met. Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean's Office.
General Education Requirements
All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf
Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/
The Professional Tennis Management program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core courses, in the major and overall. Students must obtain USPTA Professional level certification in order to graduate.
Professional Tennis Management
14342 Northland Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2290
Phone: (231) 591-2219
The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.) Next Accreditation Review is February 2018.
The PTM Program is also accredited by the USPTA.
Professional Tennis Management - 123 Credits
University General Education