Why Choose Professional Tennis Management?
Ferris' Professional Tennis Management (PTM) program was not only the first of its kind in 1986, but remains one of only two, and is the largest Bachelor degree program accredited by the USPTA. Its combined emphasis on tennis skills and training, and the management of tennis as a business, uniquely prepares its international body of students to excel in the industry. Curricular relevance is assured by extensive and active industry partnerships, as well as a program staff that brings experience as tennis professionals, teachers and managers. This program truly merges theory - of the sport, and of the sport as a business - with practice (extending beyond mandatory participation in the player development tennis academy, to include working in our 16-court Racquet & Fitness Center, direct management experience running campus-based clubs and residential camps, and at least two internships in the industry.)
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 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.
The PTM program was developed to meet the increasing demand for the well-trained tennis professionals resulting from the rapid growth and computerization of the tennis industry. The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) recommends and accredits the Ferris program and uses it as an industry model for other such programs. The Ferris PTM program has attracted students from 14 countries with job placements from England to New Zealand.
The PTM program prepares you for a top entry-level position upon graduation. The program encourages excellence in all aspects of the sport and provides a solid, well-rounded business foundation in addition to the marketing or resort management emphasis. Additionally, all PTM students become USPTA-certified tennis professionals upon graduation. Courses include management, marketing, accounting, sales, retail merchandising, computer information, law and other business courses. Classes and hands-on workshops in racquet repair, clay court maintenance, tournament administration and teaching techniques are presented by USPTA experts.
As a consequence, all of our students have jobs upon graduation, and our past PTM graduates are now leaders in the 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; (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; (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.
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 P-2 teaching certification in order to graduate.