- Major Courses and General Education Courses
- Admission and Transfer Requirements
- Graduation Requirements
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 live. If you elect to major in Accountancy, you may prepare yourself for a variety of careers in industry, government, not-for-profit organizations, and public accounting. Many accountants are self-employed and operate their own business.
The Accountancy program at Ferris is a professional, career-oriented course of study. Classes are offered which allow students to design their degree to fit their particular interests. Our graduates qualify to take professional accounting examinations such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Our faculty bring relevant academic and real-world experience to the classroom along with a spectrum of licensures in these areas. Whatever the course of instruction, employers laud the extensive level of preparation our graduates bring to the workplace.
For those considering the CPA, unlike other universities, our bachelor's degree covers all of the content required to sit for the examination. Of increasing interest are our dual degrees (e.g. - Accountancy/CIS and Accountancy/Finance); demanding in nature, but producing highly sought-after graduates. We also offer several minors and concentrations tailored to individual areas of interest which can be used to fulfill the 150 hour educational requirements. For more information on career opportunities in this field, visit bls.gov and enter "occupational outlook" in the search engine.
According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounting is one of the fastest growing professions. 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.
Our graduates are 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.
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.
Accountancy Common Core
Professionally Directed Concentration
Directed Accounting/Business Electives (300 level or above)
Directed Accounting Electives (300 level or above)
Public Accounting Concentration
Minimum credit hours required for Accountancy Bachelor degree
Students interested in meeting the State of Michigan 150 credit hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam may fulfill those requirements by completing either the Masters degree in Information Systems or the Masters in Business Administration options.