You are currently viewing an archived version of the Ferris catalog.
View the most current version.

Professional Tennis Management

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Business

Why Choose Professional Tennis Management? - Program Spotlight

Tennis is truly “the sport of a lifetime,” which can be played by anyone ages 4–95 and there is a high demand for competent and qualified tennis professionals. With more than 20,000 types of tennis facilities in the U.S., from resorts, parks & rec., commercial and private clubs, and an estimated 19,800 tennis specific businesses and organizations, there are boundless viable career opportunities within the tennis industry.

In 1986, the Ferris Professional Tennis Management (PTM) program was the first four-year bachelor’s degree program to combine tennis and business. It remains the largest and the model bachelor degree program of its kind in the nation, placing 100% of its graduates since its inception and producing graduates that are tennis industry leaders.

PTM students receive a Bachelor’s degree in Business coupled with their choice of a minor selected from the many available at the University. Its combined emphasis on tennis skills, training, and the management of tennis as a business, uniquely prepares its students to excel in the tennis industry and business. This program truly merges theory with practice by including three paid internships where PTM students receive on-the-job training at beautiful clubs, resorts, and facilities all over the United States. PTM courses are held at the university-owned and operated 19 court indoor/outdoor Racquet and Fitness Center, which serves as a laboratory for PTM students and contains the PTM classroom and racquet repair/customization room on its upper floor.  With our 100% placement rate, the PTM program is a gateway to great career opportunities.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates enjoy careers as Head or Assistant Tennis Professionals, Directors of Tennis, Managers, Business Owners, Sales Representatives, and more.

The program encourages excellence in all aspects of the sport and provides a solid, well-rounded business foundation in addition to the student's choice of approved minor.  PTM graduates leave the program as both USPTA and USTA certified tennis professionals.  

Due to the support from key tennis industry organizations that include; the United States Tennis Association and USTA University, United States Professional Tennis Association, Wilson Sporting Goods, and the United States Racquet Stringers Association, graduates from the PTM program at Ferris State can look forward to exciting careers within the tennis industry.

Admission Requirements

New Students: 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from high school, and one of the following two criteria: (1) Math ACT score of 19 or higher; SAT Math score of 500 or higher, or (2) Reading ACT score of 19 or higher; SAT ERW score 450. A letter of reference from a USPTA professional, tennis coach, or school administrator verifying playing ability is required. NTRP of 4.0 with USTA district ranking or proven ability at the high school level.

Transfer Students: Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended.  GPA based on completion of 12 credit hours or more.  Developmental courses will not be considered in computing the GPA requirement.

Transfer equivalency for FSU ENGL 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; or SAT ERW score of 450 or higher; or Accuplacer English score of 6 or higher.

Transfer equivalency for FSU MATH 114/115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; SAT Math score of 500 or higher; or Accuplacer Math scores:  Elementary Algebra score 75 or higher and College Level Math 0-49. NTRP of 4.0 with USTA District ranking.

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree is here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives.

Consult the official checksheet or program advisor for program-specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

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 Professional level certification in order to graduate.

More Information

Professional Tennis Management
14342 Northland Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2290
Phone: (231) 591-2219

The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.)

The PTM Program is also accredited by the USPTA.


Required Courses
Credit Hours

Professional Tennis Management - 123 Credits

Required Courses - 29 Credits
Orientation to Prof Tennis Mgt
On-Court Development
Beginning Teaching Techniques
PTM on-going Internship 1
Advanced Teaching Techniques
Prof Tennis Mgmt Internship 2
Tennis Operations Management
PTM Internship 3
Tennis Certification Prep
Human Resource Management
Professional Selling
Principles of Retailing
Minor (with Program Approval) - 18 Required Credits

Business Core

Princ. of Financial Accounting
Princ of Managerial Accounting
Contracts and Sales
Integrating Experience
Financial Management 1
Business Information Systems
Applied Management
Quality-Operations Mgmt
Principles of Marketing
Introduction to Statistics