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Extended and International Operations

Extended and International Operations

Extended and International Operations (EIO) expands the reach and impact of Ferris State University beyond Big Rapids and beyond the traditional classroom. Through the development of strategic partnerships, the cultivation of innovators in higher education, corporate training, and support for instructional design, EIO is moving students, organizations, and communities forward.

Ferris Statewide

EIO has built a network of 22 locations across Michigan that allows students to earn their degrees locally. Statewide programs are agile, dynamic, and highly responsive to the local industry, accelerating students’ transition into in-demand fields with the training and expertise employers need right now.

Ferris Online

Ferris Online makes the promise of a Ferris education available to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Offering more than 30 undergraduate and graduate programs in cutting-edge, web-native learning environments, Ferris Online is pushing higher education into the future.

Office of Graduate Studies

As part of EIO, the Office of Graduate Studies is committed to supporting graduate students and programs across the University, drawing on expertise in serving adult learners and those who study at a distance. This supports includes planning and central office support, coordinating growth in current programs, developing new degree options, market research and environmental scanning, marketing and recruitment, and supporting the online learning environment.

Community College Leadership Doctoral Program (DCCL)

The Ferris State University Doctorate in Community College Leadership (DCCL) empowers graduates to advance community colleges toward excellence and community responsiveness through exemplary leadership.


The eLearning team of instructional design consultants, technologists, and trainers supports faculty in enhancing student success through technology and high-quality course design. The team provides leadership through strategic planning, expertise, instructional design, best practices, and dedicated support to faculty and students.

Corporate and Professional Development (CPD)

CPD connects corporations, government agencies, non-profits, and other organizations with the customized training they need to advance their industry or service areas. CPD unites faculty from multiple colleges to create a customized training solution using Ferris facilities, trainee workplaces, or other creative locations, moving today’s workforce forward fast. CPD also manages Ferris summer camps’ logistics, serving 2,000 kids annually – exposing them to the camp content and a future at Ferris.

Office of Transfer and Secondary School PartnershipS

The Office of Transfer and Secondary School Partnerships serves as a hub for collaborations between high schools, career and technical education centers, early/middle college programs, postsecondary institutions and Ferris State University. The Office promotes access to higher education and degree attainment by facilitating transfer partnerships and supporting transfer students through the Transfer Services Center and creates and manages high school partnerships and provides opportunities for high school students to earn college credit while still in high school through the FerrisNow Program.