Why Choose Hotel Management?
Established in 1963, the Ferris State Hotel Management degree housed in the Hospitality Management Program in the College of Business prepares students for senior management positions in the fast-changing and competitive hospitality industry. The degree is designed with a business-management focus that provides a solid foundation in all core business and management functions in addition to concentrating on hotel operations. The College of Business is accredited by the Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
The curriculum is carefully balanced between theory and practice, giving students many opportunities for group projects, case studies, and individual presentations. The curriculum provides the necessary knowledge, leadership skills, and professionalism that will prepare students for cutting-edge opportunities in the hotel industry.
All students graduating from the program are required to complete a minimum of one 400 hour internship in a hotel related field and are encouraged to complete two. These internships ensure a balance between classroom learning and real-world experiences and often open doors to fulltime employment following graduation.
Transfer students will find this degree attractive as there are 14 credits of free or directed electives which mean course work from other colleges is more likely to be accepted.
Graduates of the FSU Hotel Management degree with its solid business foundation are prepared to pursue careers in a variety of hospitality related fields. In addition to lodging in both hotels and resorts there are many career paths including guests’ services, housekeeping, general hotel, human resources and sales management. FSU Hotel Management graduates are exceptionally well-prepared and highly sought after in today’s competitive environment.
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 or Reading (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.
Additional guidance can be found on the College of Business Webpage under the Admissions tab.
The Hotel Management program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall.
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The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.) Next Accreditation Review is February 2018.