2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Professional Tennis Management

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

Program Requirements

Professional Tennis Management, BS Program Checksheet


  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

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’s degree program of its kind in the nation, with a nearly 100% of its graduates receiving job opportunities 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 its significantly high job 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.

More Information

Professional Tennis Management
14342 Northland Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2290
Phone: (231) 591-2219
Website: www.ferris.edu/ptm

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