- Guest Service Management
- Hospitality Cost Controls
- Hospitality Law
- Sanitation and Safety
- Event Management
- Principles of Cooking and Baking
- Hospitality Management (Bachelor)
- Nutrition and Food Service Management (Associate)
- Restaurant and Food Industry Management (Associate)
- Club Management (Minor)
- Event Management Minor (Minor)
- Hotel/Restaurant and Food Industry Management (Minor)
- Restaurant Food Industry/Hotel Management (Minor)
- Club Management (Certificate)
- Culinary Management (Certificate)
- Nutrition and Food Service Management (Certificate)
- Restaurant and Food Industry Management (Certificate)
- Ski Resort Management (Certificate)
- Spa Management (Certificate)
- Professional Brew Management (Associate)
- Big Rapids
- Grand Rapids
- Traverse City
Planning and organizing events, meetings, resorts, hotels, and restaurants takes time, energy, and lots of people. This program prepares future managers of resorts, hotels, country clubs, spas or restaurants. Four tracks allow students to pursue their passion and imagination: Hotel Management, Resort Management, Restaurant and Food Industry Management, and Dietary Food Service Management.
Hospitality students graduate with a broad business knowledge and an exceptional network of hospitality industry contacts. The College of Business context and extensive internships provide business perspective and practical field experience that set Ferris Hospitality majors apart from those from other educational institutions.
This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence.
New & Noteworthy
Hospitality Management Students Embrace Opportunity To Experience German Fest
September 22, 2016
The Hospitality Management Student Association (HMSA) had the opportunity to serve German beers, ciders, and wines at the German Fest here in Big Rapids, MI on Friday, Sept. 16. These hospitality students worked directly with Scott Rios, one of the… Read more »
Professional Brew Management Degree—New to the Ferris State University College of Business
May 19, 2016
The Ferris State University Board of Trustees has approved a unique new degree for the College of Business. Starting in the Fall of 2016, students can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Professional Brew Management. The program curriculum provides… Read more »
Sock Hop Event Marks 25 Years of Hospitality Gala
March 3, 2016
The College of Business Hospitality Management Program will celebrate their 25th annual gala featuring an authentic 1950s-style sock hop. On Friday, April 1, 2016, in the University Center Ballroom, guests can enjoy delicious appetizers and floats and participate in a… Read more »
International Option Enriches College of Business Experience
February 25, 2016
The Ferris College of Business has reached an agreement that offers students seamless study-abroad options. With the Rhine Waal University of Applied Sciences, located in Kleve, Germany, Ferris is able to offer both a dual-degree program and the opportunity to…Read more »
Learning in Action at the ESPN Winter X Games
February 8, 2016
A team of 10 students from the College of Business Hospitality program just returned from a four-day trip to Aspen, Colorado, for the ESPN Winter X Games. These College of Business students not only saw some amazing athletics, but got…Read more »
A Balancing Act: Resort Management Student Spotlight
August 24, 2015
Upon graduating in May 2016, Danielle Murphy will receive her Resort Management degree with a Club Management & Special Events minor as well as a Meeting Planning minor. Murphy holds a dominant presence on campus, but continues to find time…Read more »
International Students Expand Horizons in Hospitality
August 12, 2015
Here at Ferris State University, over 50 different countries are represented by the international students who make up nearly four percent of our student body. Laura D’Artanay and Yadan Du are both international students studying within the College of Business Hospitality…Read more »
Putting Hands-on, Business-Integrated Hospitality Education to Work
July 8, 2015
“I didn’t exactly choose to intern here,” says (Jeffrey) Cole Green of his internship at Marriott International Mid-Atlantic Group Sales Office in the Washington, DC, Metro Area. The senior in Hospitality Management goes on, “I interviewed against over 18,000 students…Read more »
Hospitality Student Spotlight: Wayne Bersano
May 27, 2015
Hotel and Restaurant Management student Wayne Bersano has excelled as a leader within the College of Business and beyond. Currently in his junior year, he holds the position of President in the Hospitality Management Student Association and is also President…Read more »
Voyages Through Future’s Past: The Students Behind The 24th Annual Gala
February 26, 2015
The Hospitality Management program’s annual Hospitality Gala is right around the corner! Students in the program have been working diligently to organize this year’s event, Voyage Through Future’s Past. Every student enrolled in courses in the Hospitality Management program participates…Read more »
Eta Sigma Delta Honor Society Inducts 14 Hospitality Students
February 19, 2015
The Eta Sigma Delta Honor Society inducted 14 students from the Hospitality Management program from three Ferris campuses: Big Rapids, Flint and Grand Rapids. Twelve of the 14 students attended a formal induction ceremony on Tuesday, February 3, in Big Rapids.… Read more »
Faculty Nominate Seniors for Student Excellence Award
March 25, 2014
College of Business faculty members recently nominated students to be honored with the Student Excellence Award. The awards, in the form of an engraved plaque, will be presented at a special banquet and ceremony; students’ names will also be displayed on… Read more »
Wining and Dining with the Hospitality Program
March 20, 2014
It takes a prominent program to educate and train students in the exciting fields of hospitality management and Ferris State University’s Hospitality Management program is no exception. “I think the key for our Hospitality Management program is that our program…Read more »
Hospitality Professor Receives Certification and Honors
October 14, 2013
In July 2013, Professor Lianne Briggs completed Train the Trainer Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics offered through the SHARE Center by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute in partnership with Smith Travel Research. This hotel-related certification for university students… Read more »
Hospitality Students Staff Detroit Conference on Geotourism
October 14, 2013
As a hands-on learning experience, four Flint campus Ferris students, with instructor Dr. Lorie Tuma, participated in the 2013 International Society of Travel & Tourism Educators conference on Geotourism in Detroit, MI. The conference program can be seen online. The four… Read more »
Student Receives EPIC Rising Star Award
April 2, 2013
Kathryn Douglas, senior and president of the Ferris Student Chapter of National Association of Catering and Events (NACE) received the Event Professional Industry Class (EPIC) Rising Star Award at an event on March 20, 2013. The award recognizes a student member of NACE… Read more »
Sizzle Magazine Features Hospitality Partnership
November 16, 2012
The American Culinary Federation Sizzle magazine featured an article about the partnership of Kent Career Technical Center (KCTC) and Ferris State University (FSU) of Grand Rapids. In a newly accredited program serving high school juniors and seniors, the Hospitality/Culinary department offers… Read more »
Professor Earns PhD in Educational Leadership
October 29, 2012
Professor Lianne Briggs, Hospitality Management, earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (Ph.D.) in July 2012 from Western Michigan University.
Certified Dietary Manager Exam Prep Offered
October 29, 2012
The Dietary & Food Service Management, AAS, will become the first program in Michigan approved to prepare students to take the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) exam. Hospitality Management submitted a lengthy application for accreditation review to the Association of Nutrition… Read more »
Faculty Member Attends Culinary Essentials Workshops
October 29, 2012
Karyn Bledsoe, Faculty, attended the Culinary Essentials Workshops I & II at Johnson & Wales University’s Denver campus in July 2012. She studied various aspects of the kitchen and dining room, including garde mange, pastry arts, tableside cooking, and dining… Read more »
Spa Management Courses in Development
October 29, 2012
Professor Julie Doyle is on sabbatical fall of 2012 to develop courses for the Spa Management concentration under the Resort Management, BS. She will attend the International Spa Association conference and visit spas at various resorts and hotels, including the… Read more »
Hospitality Enrollment Continues to Grow
October 29, 2012
Hospitality Management continues to offer courses at the Kent County Technical Center in Grand Rapids. Courses offered are both direct credit and concurrent enrollment which articulate with both Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute and the Grand Rapids Community… Read more »
Hotel Management Courses Offered in Grand Rapids and Traverse City
October 29, 2012
Starting January 2013, Hospitality Management will teach courses for the Hotel Management, BS, at both Grand Rapids Community College and Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. Students transfer into the Hotel Management, BS, with either 48 transferable credits or an… Read more »
Hospitality Management to Host Skills USA Culinary Arts Regional Competition
October 26, 2012
Hospitality Management has been selected once again to host the Skills USA Culinary Arts Regional Competition this coming February. The event brings approximately 70 students and their supporters from seven area career technical centers. Winners will advance to a State… Read more »
Hospitality Management Celebrates 50 Years
October 26, 2012
The Hospitality Management made its first appearance with an AAS in Food Service Supervision in the 1961 catalog of Ferris Institute. The degree featured classes like Catering, Food Sanitation, and Food Service Calculations & Cost Estimating, as well as general education… Read more »
Dietary & Food Service Management Receives Accreditation
October 26, 2012
Ferris State University’s A.A.S. in Dietary & Food Service Management recently received accreditation from the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP). This distinguishes Ferris’ DFSM program the only ANFP-approved program in Michigan. The Dietary & Food Service Management degree… Read more »
Hospitality Management Enters Agreement with Montcalm Community College
October 26, 2012
Hospitality Management recently entered into a cooperative agreement with Montcalm Community College (MCC) allowing their students to be concurrently enrolled at both Ferris and MCC. Students will be able to obtain an A.A.S. in Restaurant and Food Industry Management or… Read more »
New First Year or “First Time in Any College Freshmen (FTIAC)” Applicant COB Admission Criteria
Applicants are expected to meet the criteria listed below to be placed directly into a College of Business bachelor/associate degree program except Computer Information Technology (CIT), Graphic Design (GRDE), Information Security & Intelligence (ISIN), PGA Golf Management (PGA), and Professional Tennis Management (PTM) which have specific admission requirements listed in Section 3. Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office.
Applicants must have a 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and meet two of the three criteria below:
- English ACT score of 16 or higher, or SAT Writing score of 370 or higher
- Math ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Math score of 460 or higher
- Reading ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Reading score of 430 or higher
ACT/SAT score requirements shall not apply to international students and non-traditional students age 23 or older. However, a placement test (specified by Ferris State University and/or COB) may be necessary.
Applicants not meeting the above criteria (or criteria for direct admission into a specific COB program listed in Section 3), but who have a 2.35 High School GPA and at least a 16 ACT in Math AND Reading and a 13 ACT in ENGLISH can be considered for conditional admission in the COB Pre-Business program (PBUS), Pre-Professional Tennis Management (PPTM), Pre-Marketing (PMKT), or Pre-Hospitality Management (PHMT).
Students interested in PGA Golf Management (PGA) and meet all criteria except the required handicap score will be placed in Pre-Professional Golf Management (PPGM); all others can be considered for conditional admission in Pre-Marketing.
Pre-Program students must complete a minimum of 12 FSU credits (excluding developmental courses) with a 2.35 GPA (specific programs may require a higher GPA; see Section 2); courses must include ENGL 150 and MATH 115 before being considered for admission into the program of choice. Students must meet admission criteria for their chosen degree program by the time they have earned 30 credits (refer to Section 3 of this document for further information).
Transfer Applicant COB Admission Criteria (this includes internal applicants from other FSU colleges and external applicants from other institutions)
Applicants are expected to meet the criteria listed below to be placed directly into a College of Business bachelor/associate degree program except for Computer Information Technology (CIT), Graphic Design (GRDE), Information Security & Intelligence (ISI), Music Industry Management (MIM), PGA Golf Management (PGA), and Professional Tennis Management (PTM) which have specific admission requirements listed in Section 3. Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA is based on completion of 12 credit hours or more. (It is highly recommended that transfer credits include The FSU equivalency of ENGL 150, MATH 115, and the FSU equivalency of a social awareness or cultural enrichment course OR general education requirements.) Developmental courses will not be considered in computing the GPA requirement.
- Transfer equivalency for FSU ENGLISH 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; Compass score 70 – 100.
- Transfer equivalency for FSU MATH 115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; Compass Algebra score 46 – 74 and HS Algebra with 2.0.
ACT score requirements shall not apply to international students and non-traditional students aged 23 or older. However, a placement test (specified by Ferris State University and/or COB) may be necessary.
Applicants not meeting the above criteria (or criteria for direct admission into a specific COB program listed in Section 3), but who meet FSU criteria for admission (2.00 GPA), can be considered for conditional admission in the COB Pre-Business program (PBUS), Pre-Marketing (PMKT), Pre-Professional Tennis Management (PPTM), or Pre-Hospitality Management (PHMT).
Pre-Program students must complete a minimum of 12 FSU credits (excluding developmental courses) with a 2.35 GPA (specific programs may require a higher GPA; see Section 2); courses must include ENGL 150 and MATH 115 before being considered for admission into the program of choice. Students must meet admission criteria for their chosen degree program by the time they have earned 30 FSU credits (refer to Section 3 of this document for further information).
COB students may transfer into another COB program with a 2.0 GPA unless they do not meet requirements that are program specific. A “Program Change Form” will be processed in the Dean’s Office (BUS 200).
COB Specific Programs’ Admission Criteria
New applicants (FTIAC) and transfer applicants interested in Computer Information Technology (CIT), Graphic Design (GRDE), Information Security and Intelligence (ISI), Professional Golf Management (PGM), and Professional Tennis Management (PTM) have specific admission criteria as follows:
- Computer Information Technology (CIT-BS-BU)
- FTIAC applicants must meet COB FTIAC admission criteria.
- Transfer applicants must meet COB transfer admission criteria and have a 2.5 GPA
- Graphic Design (GRDE-AAS-BU) and Graphic Design Bachelor’s Degree (GRDE-BS-BU)
- FTIAC applicants must meet COB FTIAC admission criteria. New students who meet the criteria will be admitted into the Graphic Design Applied Associates Degree. Students must successfully pass a portfolio review after completion of sophomore level program courses to be accepted into the Graphic Design Bachelor’s Degree.
- Transfer applicants must meet COB transfer admission criteria and will be referred to the program coordinator for portfolio review to determine acceptance and placement within the program.
- Information Security & Intelligence (ISIN-BS-BU)
- FTIAC applicants require a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from high school and an ACT composite score of 22.
- Transfer applicants must meet COB transfer admission criteria and have a 2.70 GPA.
- Music Industry Management (MIM-BS-BU)
- FTIAC applicants must meet COB FTIAC admission criteria.
- Transfer applicants must meet COB transfer admission criteria and have a 2.50 GPA. Students must have completed NO MORE than 45 applicable credit hours.
- PGA Golf Management (PGA-BS-BU)
- FTIAC applicants require a 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from high school, ACT composite score of 19 and a USGA handicap of 8 or lower. The program has a Fall Semester entry only. Because of the uniqueness of the program, applicants are encouraged to visit campus and talk with an admissions counselor or the program coordinator.
- Transfer applicants must meet COB transfer admission criteria and have a 2.50 GPA and a USGA handicap of 8 or lower. GPA is based on completion of 12 credit hours including ENGL 150, MATH 115, and a social awareness or cultural enrichment course. Students must have completed NO MORE than 45 applicable credit hours at other institutions.
- Students must complete the program within eight years of the initial enrollment as required by PGA.
- Professional Tennis Management (PTM-BS-BU)
- FTIAC applicants require a 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from high school, NTRP of 4.0 with USTA District ranking and one of the following two criteria: (1) ACT Math score of 19 or higher OR (2) ACT Reading score of 19 or higher.
- Transfer applicants must meet COB transfer admissions criteria and NTRP of 4.0 with USTA District ranking.
Undergraduate COB Certificate Programs’ Admission Criteria
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 an 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 through the non-degree program.
Admission/registration process for individuals seeking only a certificate:
- Individuals wishing only to complete a COB certificate may enroll as a non-degree student restricted to a maximum of 9 credits per semester and a total of 15 credits.
- Unless it is determined that regular program admission criteria should be met in order to complete the certificate successfully and be a contributing member of the course, non-degree students need only show proof of a 2.35 high school GPA where competency is required and complete the simple non-degree application process by accessing the FSU website. FSU provides part-time non-degree students with a streamlined method to register early for day or evening courses on the FSU campus through the Educational and Career Counseling Center located in Starr 313.
- An advisor can be assigned by the College of Business in the certificate program.
Admission process for non-degree certificate students wishing to pursue a bachelor or associate’s degree:
- If the student decides to pursue a bachelor or associate’s degree, admission criteria for the College of Business is initiated when the “Program Change Form” request is processed.
- The student will then complete the regular admission process for FSU.
Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office.
This document is subject to change. Questions should be submitted to the COB Dean’s Office (BUS 200) in care of the director of student academic affairs (231.591.2420).
SLG: April 9, 2013; Spring, 2014 (PHMT and eliminate PMIM); December, 2014(editorial); August 20, 2015 (criteria change: Section 1 preprogram requirements; PGA Golf Management name change)