Why Choose Business Administration?
The Business Administration degree provides a broad base education in business that is intended to extend your career options. It offers considerable flexibility in terms of the concentrations you may choose. Beyond the array of business-related concentrations (e.g., Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership and Project Management, Operations and Supply Management), there are a variety of unique certificates, minors or course combinations (for example in Automotive, Plastics, or Fleet Management) that can be used to complete your degree. In addition, we encourage you to visit: http://catalog.ferris.edu/degree/MIN/ for details and information on available minor options. There is also an Honors variation that enables a student to complete the degree in as little as three years (including international and internship experiences.)
The goals of this program are: to provide students a broad-based business education that will widen the field of start-up positions open to them upon graduation, to provide a solid undergraduate curriculum for those who intend to go to graduate school, and, finally, to establish a foundation for long-term career flexibility in a fast paced and ever changing competitive world. To these ends, the Business Administration Degree Program incorporates a combination of core business courses and application-oriented courses, concentrations that allow students to pursue specific areas of interest, internship opportunities, active student engagement opportunities, and faculty with real world experience.
Faculty combine corporate, consulting and academic experience to deliver the course content in practical and applied ways that effectively prepare students for their future careers in business. Courses on topics such as Management Metrics and Decision Making, Negotiations, and Cases on Strategy give students critical thinking and business skills that are invaluable in the workplace.
Students are encouraged to be involved in professional development activities relevant to their chosen fields, a number of registered student organizations affiliated with national and regional professional associations. Students get opportunities to debate current issues, network with professionals and engage in other professional development activity that complements their in-class learning.
This degree offering is also available as an evening studies program. Courses are offered on a rotation basis for working adults. Students may attend traditional face-to-face classes at Ferris State's main campus in Big Rapids or at any one of several satellite locations. Many classes are also offered in an online mode.
When combined with a specialized concentration, the Business Administration major provides an avenue for immediate employment and career advancement.
Employers seek graduates for positions ranging from business manager and sales representative to production supervisor and project planner. Graduates of the program with specialized concentrations obtain positions in manufacturing, retailing, construction, financial institutions, government and a host of other fields. Students also find this major to be of value in preparation for graduate or law school.
New Students: 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from high school and two of the following three criteria: (1) English ACT score of 16 or higher, or English SAT score of 370 or higher; (2) Math ACT score of 19 or higher, or Math SAT score of 460 or higher; (3) Reading ACT score of 19 or higher, or Verbal SAT score of 430 or higher.
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 of 16 or higher; (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.
Exception: Applicants not meeting the above criteria (new or transfer students) for direct admission, but still meet Ferris State University admission criteria, will be placed in the Pre-Business 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.
The Business Administration program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree in business. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in business core classes, the major courses and overall.
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.