Why Choose Accountancy?
An accounting education can lead to a highly respected and rewarding career. Accountants routinely earn incomes that are in the top 5 percent of the community in which they may live. If you elect to major in accounting, you may prepare yourself for a variety of accounting careers in industry, government, not-for-profit organizations, and public accounting. Many accountants are self-employed, operating their own business.
Our faculty bring to the classroom not only relevant academic and real-world experience, but also a spectrum of licensures in areas as diverse as Public Accounting, Management Accounting, Fraud Examination, and Internal Auditing. This enables us to provide employer-applauded levels of breadth and depth, with programming across multiple tracks and concentrations, tailored to individual areas of interest. Of increasing interest are our dual degrees (e.g. Accounting/CIS, and Accounting/Finance); demanding, but producing highly sought-after graduates. For those considering the CPA, we offer a responsive five-year option, providing a BS and MBA, while satisfying the 150 hour educational requirement. Whatever the course of instruction, employers laud the extensive level of preparation our graduates bring to the workplace.
Why Choose Accountancy with MS-ISI?
Michigan and most other states require 150 hours of university course work to be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. Junior year Bachelor of Science in Accountancy program majors may apply for fourth year dual enrollment in Accountancy and Master of Science in Information Security and Intelligence. By adding the MS-ISM to the existing CPA baccalaureate program as a fifth year, students interested in entering the CPA profession will get the appropriate training in accounting, satisfy the 150 minimum credit hours required to practice as a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and earn a career enhancing graduate degree.
The Master of Science in Information Security and Intelligence program has been developed to prepare students for careers in Business Intelligence, Incident Response (proactive and reactive in areas such as hacking and digital forensics), and Project Management utilizing secure practices. Positions include security officers, analysts, forensic experts, project managers, and technical managers.
The MS-ISI consists of eight core courses, including an integrated capstone project, and a four course Avanced Studies Certificate that focuses on the students concentration of choice: Incident Response (computer security), Business Intelligence, or Project Management.
Recent Ferris Foundation and National Science Foundation grant awards have provided technologies and funding for research and classroom activities to help differentiate opportunities at FSU from those of competitors, as has recent National Security Agency accreditation. Students will utilize equipment and technology valued at over $2 million that has been secured by NSF and other grants, gifts in kind, and academic alliances. This includes digital forensic tools, computers, nano scale microscopy, imaging devices, and software.
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.
MS-ISI Admission Requirements
CPA-MISI Admission RequirementsCompleted application (Submit printed application, or apply on-line at https://apply.ferris.edu)
Applicants to the Accountancy CPA-MS-ISI dual enrollment program must be approaching senior status with a 2.8 or better overall GPA and a 3.0 or better GPA in their third year of study and submit the following documents for consideration:
A current resume
Statement of Purpose, approximately one typed page, explaining your reasons for seeking admission into the MBA program. Your Statement of Purpose should show that you have taken steps to learn about our programs and are familiar with and prepared for on-line, accelerated courses. You should also explain what factors have influenced your decision to apply, and how this degree will help you achieve your short-term and long-term career goals.
Three academic or professional recommendation letters attesting to your ability to succeed in graduate level studies.
Official GMAT score of 500 or higher, or GRE score in the upper 50th percentile with the analytical writing score at 2.5 or higher. (Waiver of test requirement will be considered if applicant has a 3.5 or better GPA in their Bachelor degree).
International students must have earned a TOEFL score of 70 or above with no sub-score in the Low, Weak, or Limited range.
The Bachelor of Science in Accountancy is awarded to those individuals who have completed the 123 required credit hours with a minimum 2.0 GPA in their core classes, in their major, and overall.
The MS-ISI is awarded to those individuals who have completed the 39 required credit hours with a minimum accumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater and no course less than 2.0.
Accountancy, Finance & Information Systems
119 South Street, BUS 212
Big Rapids, Mi 49307-2284
The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.) Next Accreditation Review is February 2018