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Advanced Studies in Investment

Degree Type: Certificate
College(s): College of Business

Why Choose Advanced Studies in Investment?

The Investment Analysis Certificate provides a student in any major with the tools and techniques to evaluate investments.

Admission Requirements

Any person admitted to a Ferris State University degree program may enroll in courses for undergraduate COB certificates. No more than 50% of the credits in a certificate may be transferred from another institution. If a student is in a FSU degree-seeking program, the certificate will not be granted if more than 50% of the certificate credits are required in the program/major. The certificate will be granted upon completion with an average GPA of 2.0 or higher in the courses designated for the certificate. 

Individuals wanting to advance their career, but not admitted to an FSU degree program, may also earn undergraduate COB certificates. 

Admission process for individuals seeking only a certificate: 

  •  Applicant should show proof of high school graduation with a 2.35 GPA.  If it is determined by the COB Dean’s Office/SAA that regular program admission criteria should be met in order to complete the certificate successfully and be a contributing member of the course, all college transcripts should be submitted to the Admissions Office. Once admitted, an advisor will be assigned by the College of Business in the certificate program.
  • Dual enrolled/concurrent students must complete the high school degree (provide transcript) before the certificate will be granted from FSU.

  • Students wishing to pursue a bachelor or associate’s degree must meet the admission criteria for the program. This criteria review is initiated when the “Program Change Form” request is processed through the COB Dean’s Office/SAA.

Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office/SAA

*This document is subject to change. Questions should be submitted to the COB Dean’s Office/Student Academic Affairs (BUS 200) in care of the Director of Student Academic Affairs (231-591-2420).

Graduation Requirements

A Ferris student will receive the Certificate in Advanced Studies in Investment upon graduation with a Baccalaureate degree, and after completion of the requirements for the certificate with a minimum 2.0 grade point average in advanced studies in investment courses.

No more than 50% of the credits in this certificate may be transferred from another institution, nor will the certificate be granted if more than 50% of the certificate credits are specifically required in the student's major.

More Information

Accountancy, Finance & Info 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 2028.

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Advanced Studies Certificate in Investment Analysis - 12 Credits

Mathematics of Finance
Financial Markets-Institutions
Investment Principles
Choose One:
Portfolio Management
Real Estate Invest-Management
Note: The prerequisite for REAL 330 is Principles of Real Estate (REAL 210) or completion of a Salesperson Prelicensure Course approved by the State of Michigan.
Finance students must be able to demonstrate competency in ISYS 105 topics or take ISYS 105