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Academic Policies

COB Academic Policies

The University has several policies that govern academic life, and students should become familiar with these policies. Beyond University policies, the College of Business (COB) has some college-specific policies with which students should be equally familiar.

Degree & Program Policies

  •  Associate Programs

    The associate degree programs of the College of Business are designed to prepare students for technical careers in business and industry. Training is directed toward an intermediate occupational-level position or for transfer into one of the Bachelor of Science programs.

    The associate in applied science is awarded to graduates completing business curricula of at least sixty-two semester credit hours or more in length with at least a 2.0 GPA overall and in the major courses.

    Graduates must complete the associate degree general education requirements as outlined in the “General Education” section of this catalog. To complete the math requirement, a student must have a minimum math sub score of 24 on the ACT, successfully complete MATH 115 (intermediate algebra), or pass the proficiency exam.

    General education studies consist of approximately 25 percent of total associate degree hours with the remaining coursework consisting of program requirements and electives. The elective hours should be selected with the advice and counsel of the student’s academic advisor.

    Residency Requirement

    For an associate degree, the student must comply with the University’s specification that a minimum of 15 semester credits be Ferris credits. Additionally, the student must complete at least half of the “major” requirements with Ferris courses in order to receive an associate degree from the College of Business.

  •  Baccalaureate Programs

    The degree of Bachelor of Science in Business is conferred on recommendation of the faculty of the College of Business upon satisfactorily completing the following requirements:

    • Completion of the minimum semester hours of credit in required courses and electives approved by the faculty in selected programs.
    • Completion of all University general education requirements for the specific program. To complete the math requirement, a student must have a minimum math sub score of 24 on the ACT, successfully complete Math 115, or pass the proficiency exam.
    • A cumulative 2.0 GPA (C) on all coursework taken while enrolled at Ferris State University and presented for the degree.
    • A 2.0 GPA cumulative in College of Business core courses.
    • A 2.0 GPA cumulative in the student’s academic major area.
    • Meeting the residency requirements of a minimum of 30 semester credits for graduation from Ferris State University.
    • Students must receive graduation clearance through the COB Dean’s Office one semester prior to their anticipated graduation. Graduation clearance is valid for one year after date completed.

    Undergraduate programs are constantly undergoing revision/updating. The requirements/provisions that follow are in effect at the time of publication. Please check with appropriate departmental office for any changes that may have occurred since publication of this catalog.

    Except as noted below, a student must earn the last 30 semester credit hours required for a degree while enrolled at Ferris State University. A maximum of one-half of the total hours required for completion of a degree may be accepted from a two-year college except where special articulation agreements exist.

    Residency Requirement

    For a bachelor degree, it is expected that the student complies with the University’s specification that a minimum of 30 semester credits have been through Ferris. Additionally, 30 credits of the final 36 credits of the academic program (from the major and business core categories) must be Ferris credits.

    Transfer Credits

    Transfer credits may be used to the following limitations:

    • Six percent of the total applicable credits necessary for graduation may be earned at another college(s) following a student’s last attendance at Ferris provided all other requirements have been completed.
    • The final work to be completed elsewhere must be completed at an accredited institution and shall be approved in advance by the Office of Student Academic Affairs in the College of Business or the departmental office.
    • Variations of the requirements stated in this section, consonant with the spirit of the policy, may be recommended by the office of the student academic affairs in the College of Business or the departmental office.
    • Graduates must complete all general education requirements as outlined in the “General Education” section of this catalog. To complete the math requirement, a student must have a minimum math sub score of 24 on the ACT, successfully complete MATH 115, or pass the proficiency exam.

    The length of the program and/or the number of courses to be taken varies depending upon the courses taken prior to entry and the specific requirements of the program. Except where special articulation agreements exist, the College of Business may accept from junior/community colleges no more than half of the total credit hours required for completion of a baccalaureate. Further information is available in the College of Business departmental office and the student academic affairs office.

  •  Approved off-campus degree programs

    May be exempted from portions of this policy.

    * Exceptions to the policy will be reviewed by the COB Dean’s Office.

Class Schedule Adjustment POLICY

In a new semester, the first four days of classes is the drop/add period. During this period, a student can drop and/or add a class without incurring a grade of “W” (for withdrawal). To make changes to his or her schedule, a student logs in to MyFSU or contacts the Registrar’s Office located in the Timme Center for Student Services.

After the drop/add period, no classes can be added to a student’s schedule, and if a student wants to drop a class it is considered a withdrawal and his or her transcript will show a grade of “W.”

Note: It is wise to meet with your faculty advisor before changing your class schedule.

Junior Status Checklist

Congrats! You have achieved Junior status (56-85 credit hours). What’s next?

  • Review “MyDegree” with your advisor and confirm that the information is correct.
  • If there are “MyDegree” corrections, contact the College of Business (COB) Dean’s Office (BUS 200 or (231) 591-2420, [email protected]).
  • Confirm that your advisor has submitted the directed electives, substitution, and program concentration approval forms.
  • Make sure all minors, certificates, double majors, and dual degrees are declared.
  • Check with your advisor: Are you on track for your anticipated graduation date?
  •  One semester before graduation
    • One semester before your anticipated graduation, complete the online graduation application. Read the direction carefully. An incorrect application can cause delays.
    • Watch your Ferris email for your graduation application confirmation. Once confirmed, call the COB Dean’s office at (231) 591-2420 to set a required graduation clearance appointment/exit interview (plan on about an hour). At your scheduled clearance appointment, you will be asked to confirm your graduation audit, complete a survey, and meet with a staff member. Save a copy of the audit for your records.
  •  Preparing for commencement ceremony
    • Check the commencement website for information regarding the COB ceremony time and date.
    • Graduation letters will be sent to your family at your permanent address three months before your graduation ceremony; remind them to watch for the letter.
    • Check your Ferris email for your graduation letter from the COB.
    • Attend the Graduation Fair. Check the commencement website for dates.
    • Tickets for attending the graduation ceremony are available through E-Tickets. For step-by-step directions for electronic tickets, please visit the commencement website.
    • Check commencement time and arrive one hour prior to the beginning of the ceremony. The COB offers an Open House for students and guests (usually this event is after your commencement ceremony in the COB Building).
  •  Receiving diplomas and transcripts
    • The University will not release official academic transcripts if there is a balance due on your account. Contact the business office with questions at (231) 591-3972.
    • Diplomas will be mailed 10 to 12 weeks after grades have been posted. If you do not receive a diploma by the 13th week, please call the COB Dean’s Office at (231) 591-2420.
    • Your unofficial transcript in “MyFSU” will indicate if your degree has been awarded. If you have not met all the requirements, you will receive an FSU email.