Ferris Online
Minnesota - Ferris State Authorization Status

Admission to Online Programs

Ferris State University has sought and obtained appropriate approvals allowing us to offer the following degrees in an online format to residents of Minnesota:

  • Allied Health Sciences B.S. (Degree Completion)
  • Nursing RN to BSN  (Degree Completion)
  • Business Administration B.S. (Degree Completion)
  • HVACR Engineering Technology B.S. (Degree Completion)
  • Automotive Management B.S. (Degree Completion)
  • Health Information Management B.S. (Degree Completion)
  • Dental Hygiene B. S. (Degree Completion)
  • Bachelor of Integrative Studies (B.I.S) Degree Completion Program
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Please note that Ferris State University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71.  Registration is not an endorsement of the institution.  Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Students in Bachelor Degree Completion Programs

Residents of Minnesota should work closely with their Ferris advisor upon admission, to create an education plan to meet both the general education requirements for the Ferris degree, as well as the general education requirements for degree programs in Minnesota.  In general, Minnesota requires students obtaining a BS degree to have a minimum of 30 semester credits of general education distributed among four categories: Communication, Natural Science and Mathematics, Humanities, and Social Science.  They also require a minimum of 4 credits in each category, and the remaining credits to be taken from courses in those same categories. 

Ferris State has very similar but more specific requirements, so this should not be an issue in your program, but is something that we are required to advise you of when receiving your application.  You may want to note that Minnesota views History classes as Social Science, however Ferris views History classes as typically within the Humanities (or at Ferris “Cultural Enrichment”) category.

Complaint Process

Ferris State University makes every effort to provide high quality education in our online programs. Ferris State also has established policies and procedures to assist students in resolving concerns or issues they may encounter. A listing of specific policies for addressing various types of complaints and the escalation of complaints at Ferris State University may be found here:  http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/admision/financialaid/complaints.htm

Students are encouraged to pursue resolution to complaints within Ferris State University prior to escalation of the complaint to external agencies, as the university's personnel will be in the best position to remedy any concerns.

Complaints regarding broad institutional academic practices, such as those that raise issues regarding the University's ability to meet accreditation standards, may be forwarded to our accrediting agency.  See this link for the process to submit a complaint to the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association as well as their contact information:  http://ncahlc.org/HLC-Institutions/complaints.html

Minnesota also has a complaint process which may be used by its residents if a complaint is not satisfactorily resolved at the institution.  You may find additional information here:  http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=1078


If you have additional questions about Ferris online programs and/or how this might impact residents from your state, please email us at online@ferris.edu.

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