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Business Administration - Professional Track

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Business

Why Choose Business Administration with Professional Tracks?

This program is uniquely designed to facilitate transfer from unrelated AAS programs (whether at Ferris or other institutions) with maximum credit for prior academic work. In this, it is often seamless, and is far more successful than competing programs at minimizing the total credits ultimately required for graduation, without compromising the integrity of the business degree. For the student who wishes to combine an intensive course of study in a non-business field with a sound business foundation, this is the ideal solution.

You will study under highly qualified faculty members who have combined their academic credentials with extensive work experience. You also may supplement classroom instruction with the chance to earn University credit while gaining work experience through an internship program.

Career Opportunities

A Business Administration major provides an avenue for immediate employment and for advancement to upper levels of management. Employers seek graduates for positions ranging from business manager, supervisor, and sales representative to production supervisor and project planner. Graduates of the program obtain positions in retailing, food service, construction, manufacturing, government and a host of other fields. Students find this major to be of value in preparation for law school where you can specialize in law related to your career specialty knowledge. It is also great preparation for graduate degrees.

Admission Requirements

New Students: 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and two of the three criteria below: (1) English ACT score of 16 or higher, or SAT Writing score of 370 or higher; (2) Math ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Math score of 460 or higher; (3) Reading ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Reading score of 430 or higher.

Transfer Students: Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA is based on completion of 12 credit hours or more. Transfer equivalency for FSU ENGLISH 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; Compass score 70 – 100. Transfer equivalency for FSU MATH 115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; Compass Algebra score 46 - 74 and HS Algebra with 2.0.

Exceptions for New and Transfer Students: Applicants not meeting the above criteria but having a 2.35 High School GPA and at least a 16 ACT in Math and Reading and a 13 ACT in English (2.00 Overall GPA for Transfer Students) can be considered for conditional admission in a College of Business Pre-Program.  Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office.

Pre-Program students must complete a minimum of 12 FSU credits (excluding developmental courses) with a 2.35 GPA; courses must include ENGL 150 and MATH 115 before being considered for admission into their program of choice. Students must meet admission criteria for their chosen degree program by the time they have earned 30 credits.

More Information:

Additional guidance can be found on the College of Business Webpage under the Admissions tab.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here:

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:

Graduation Requirements

Business Administration with Professional Tracks at Ferris leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in business. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in business core courses, the major, and overall.

More Information

Management Department
119 South Street/BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
Phone: (231) 591-2427

The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.) Next Accreditation Review is February 2018.

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Business Administration - Professional Track - 120 Credits

Business Core - 30 Credits
Princ. of Financial Accounting
Princ of Managerial Accounting
Contracts and Sales
Integrating Experience
Financial Management 1
Business Information Systems
Applied Management
Quality-Operations Mgmt
Principles of Marketing
Introduction to Statistics
Major Courses - 12 Credits
Team Dynamics - Org Behavior
Human Resource Management
Adv Management Cases-Problems
Choose One:
International Business Systems
Cross-Cultural Business
Professional Track - 24 Credits of Career Specific Courses

Free Electives - 6 Credits
One course 300/400 level - See your advisor for assistance.

University General Education

Communication Competence - 12 Credits

Fundamentals-Public Speaking
English 1
Advanced Business Writing
Choose One:
English 2
Industrial and Career Writing
Scientific Understanding - 7-8 Credits
Lab Science Elective - 4 Credits
Science Elective - 3-4 Credits
Quantitative Skills - 3-4 Credits
If MATH ACT is 24 or higher, subtitute a general education elective.
Choose One:
Quantitative Reason for Pro 2
Intermediate Algebra
Cultural Enrichment - 9 Credits
One must be at 200 level or above
Social Awareness - 9 Credits
SA Elective - Non-economics - 3 Credits
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
College of Business Additional General Education Electives - 6-8 Credits
See your advisor for assistanceĀ 
One 300/400 level Elective - 3 Credits