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.
This program is offered at other Ferris State sites such as Dowagiac and Traverse City.
The Accountancy program is a professional career-oriented program that offers two concentrations. The Public Accounting concentration prepares a student for a career in public accounting. The Professional Directed concentration is a flexible program that allows students to design their degree to fit their own particular interests.
Our graduates qualify to take the professional accounting examinations such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Certified Management Accountant (CMA). An option offered to meet the State of Michigan 150 hour requirement for becoming a CPA is by attending a fifth year and getting either an MS-ISI or MBA degree from Ferris.
According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounting is the fastest growing profession. The job market for Accountancy graduates remains very strong, even during temporary economic downturns. Options include:
* Public accounting-auditing, taxation, and consulting
* Private/industrial accounting- financial and cost accounting
* Governmental/nonprofit accounting-fund accounting
* Forensic accounting-investigative accounting.
Accountants are in high demand by government agencies such as the IRS, FBI and CIA. Accounting also provides an excellent undergraduate background for a law degree.
Graduates are also prepared for advanced study in Accountancy, leading to career opportunities in accounting education. Accounting provides an excellent foundation for non-accounting business careers, including banking, consulting, and small business ownership.
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.
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 Accountancy 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.
Accountancy, Finance, & Info Systems
119 South Street/BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
Phone: (231) 591-2434
or email AFIS@ferris.edu
The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Next Accreditation Review is February 2018.