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Restaurant and Food Industry Management

Degree Type: Certificate
College(s): College of Business

Why Choose Restaurant and Food Industry Management?

The Restaurant and Food Industry Management certificate is designed to complement any degree by providing the fundamental knowledge necessary to successfully manage a food service operation.  Required courses focus on essential financial skills and “front of the house” leadership critical to ensuring profitability and achieving high levels of guest satisfaction.  Electives allow students the option of selecting courses that fit their particular needs and interests such as bar management, menu writing, service management, culinary skills, sanitation & safety, or purchasing. Throughout their studies students will have the opportunity to earn several nationally recognized certifications such as ServSafe, First Aid/CPR, AHLEI Dining Service Management and TIPS as part of their required courses. 

Undergraduate Certificate Programs' Admission Criteria

Any person admitted to a Ferris State University degree program may enroll in courses for undergraduate College of Business (COB) certificates. No more than 50% of the credits in a certificate may be transferred from another institution. If a student is in a FSU degree-seeking program, the certificate will not be granted if more than 50% of the certificate credits are required in the program/major. The certificate will be granted upon completion with an average GPA of 2.0 or higher in the courses designated for the certificate.

Individuals wanting to advance their career, but not admitted to an FSU degree program, may also earn undergraduate COB certificates.

Admission process for individuals seeking only a certificate: 

  • Unless it is determined by the COB Dean’s Office that regular program admission criteria should be met in order to complete the certificate successfully and be a contributing member of the course, applicants need only show proof of a 2.35 high school GPA. An advisor will be assigned by the College of Business in the certificate program.
  • Students wishing to pursue a bachelor or associate’s degree must meet the admission criteria for the program. This criteria review is initiated when the “Program Change Form” request is processed through the COB Dean’s Office.

Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office. 

Graduation Requirements

A Ferris student will receive this certificate after completion of the requirements for the certificate with a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the certificate courses.

No more than 50% of the credits required for this certificate may be transferred from another institution, nor will this certificate be granted if more than six of the certificate credits are specifically required in the student's major.

More Information

For more information, contact:


Hospitality Management Program
West Commons 106
1319 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2382
Email: 

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Certificate Required Courses - 12 Credits

Hospitality Cost Controls
3
Dining Room Management
3
Choose two courses from the following:
Sanitation and Safety
3
Menu Planning and Nutrition
3
Principles of Cooking & Baking
3
Bar & Beverage Management
3
Purchasing for F&B Operations
3
Guest Service Management
3