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Hospitality Management program

Hospitality Management

Create Unforgettable Experiences

Whether you aspire to own the best neighborhood restaurant or you have your sights set on managing a global resort brand, the Ferris Hospitality Management program will prepare you to excel in the business of creating unforgettable experiences. 

Our Hospitality Management Program is based upon a solid business curriculum with a focus on managing service-oriented operations.  With rigorous academic coursework, hands-on experience, frequent field trips, classroom guest speakers, registered student organizations (RSO), worldwide internship placements, and industry-experienced faculty, our program offers you access to gaining knowledge and experiences that can be applied to your professional development and network within the hospitality industry.

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Program Details

  •  Admission Requirements

    New Student Admission Requirements

    SAT Scores
    • 2.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
    • Two of the Three Criteria:
      • 1. ERW SAT score of 450 or higher.
      • 2. Math SAT score of 500 or higher. Placement in MATH 109 or 110 will be considered (Math SAT score of 480 or higher).
      • 3. Composite SAT of 900 or higher. 
    ACT Scores
    • 2.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
    • Two of the Three Criteria:
      • 1. English ACT score of 16 or higher.
      • 2. Math ACT score of 19 or higher.
      • 3. Reading ACT score of 19 or higher.

    Transfer Student Admission Requirements

    • Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.00 scale) from all institutions attended.
    • GPA based on completion of 12 credit hours or more.
    • Developmental courses will not be considered in computing the GPA requirement.
    • Transfer equivalency for Ferris State University’s ENGL 150 or placement during the first semester at Ferris State University which would require an English ACT score of 16 or higher; or ERW SAT score of 450 or higher; or English Accuplacer score of 6 or higher.
    • Transfer equivalency for Ferris State University’s MATH 114 or 115 or placement during the first semester at Ferris State University which would require a Math ACT score of 19 or higher; Math SAT of 500 or higher; or Math Accuplacer scores: Elementary Algebra score 75 or higher and College Level Math 0 to 49.
  •  Degrees
  •  Faculty and Staff

    Amy Dorey

    Associate Professor
    Hospitality Management Program Director

    Kathryn Wolfer

    Associate Professor
    Hospitality Internship Coordinator

    Karyn M. Kiio

    Assistant Professor

    Andrea Ruggles

    Secretary

    Aaron Madziar, JD

    Assistant Professor

  •  Career Opportunities

    Hospitality opportunities are found in just about every community in every country in the world, ranging from the simplest to most elegant, including:

    • Hotels
    • Restaurants
    • Cruise Ships
    • Caterers
    • Bars/Taverns
    • Breweries
    • Event Venues
    • Resorts
    • Parks
    • Camps
    • Casinos
    • Sport Arenas
    • Spas
    • Healthcare

Internships

The value of extensive practical experience prior to graduation cannot be overemphasized. As an integral part of the degree requirements, Hospitality Management students must complete at least one approved Internship Work Experience at an approved organization within the hospitality industry and spend a minimum of 400 hours on the job. Internships have been done worldwide in the past by Hospitality Programs students.

Student Internship Enrollment Form

Scholarships

The Hospitality Management program is proud to have awarded over $12,000  in internal scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year, which are both merit-based and need-based. We believe in supporting our student’s in any way we can and are grateful to our generous alumni and industry partnerships who support these scholarships.

  •  Hospitality Scholarships

    More information about these and other scholarships can be found on the University's Scholarships page.

    • American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation Annual Scholarship (AHLEF)
    • Baarman Family Endowed Scholarship
    • Canteen Services Endowed Scholarship
    • Collins Family Trust
    • Collins Ekman Endowed Scholarship
    • Dykstra Food Service Scholarship
    • FSU Dining Services Scholarship
    • Gilbert H. Cobb Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    • Gregory Drueth Endowed Scholarship
    • Hospitality Management Alumni Endowed Scholarship
    • National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS)
    • Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Foundation
  •  National Restaurant Association

    The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) is dedicated to providing scholarships for students who are pursuing an education and career in the restaurant industry.

    Since 1997, the NRAEF has awarded more than $15 million in scholarships. Visit NRAEF.org/scholarships to apply.

Advisory Board

The Hospitality Management Advisory Board is a diverse group of industry professionals and experts that provide critical input that helps keep our students on the cutting-edge of the hospitality industry.

  •  Meet Our Board Members

    George Aquino

    George Aquino

    Vice President and Managing Director
    AHC + Hospitality

    Doug Baarman

    Doug Baarman

    Senior Vice President/Team Director
    Conference Direct

    Susan Baynard

    Susan Baynard

    Chief Financial Officer
    Crystal Mountain Resort

    Fred Bueltmann

    Fred Bueltmann

    Explorer / Storyteller
    This Craft Nation

    Jenifer Cutter

    Jenifer Cutter

    Regional General Manager
    AHC + Hospitality

    Maria Dalisay

    Maria Dalisay

    Executive Assistant Special Events and Marketing
    Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada

    Michael Doumanian

    Michael Doumanian

    Director of Food and Begerave
    Boyne Mountain Resort

    Scott Firman

    Scott Firman

    Guest Services Manager
    Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

    Kymberli Flanagan

    Kymberli Flanagan

    Academic Advisor and Hospitality Management Faculty
    Ferris State University – Grand Rapids

    Sharon George

    Sharon George

    Director of Student Academic Affairs
    Ferris State University

    Scott Horgan

    Scott Horgan

    Vice President of Sales and Services
    Lansing Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority

    Brad Jones

    Brad Jones

    Executive Director
    Visit Bellevue Washington

    Scott Lewis

    Scott Lewis

    Portfolio Manager, Director of Investments
    Highway West Vacations

    Justin Mortier

    Justin Mortier

    Area General Manager
    Sugar Beach Resort/ LaBelle Mgt.

    Jason Nelson

    General Manager

    Graduate Hotels, Ann Arbor


    David Nicol

    David Nicol

    Dean, College of Business
    Ferris State University

    Alan Osborne

    Alan Osborne

    General Manager
    The Henry Hotel – Autograph Collection

    Benjamin Powell

    Benjamin Powell

    Manager, Nutrition Services
    Spectrum Health

    Bill Quiseng

    Bill Quiseng

    General Manager
    Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, San Diego

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    Scott Rossen

    Director of Dining Services
    Ferris State University

    Kristen Salomonson

    Kristen Salomonson

    Dean of Enrollment Services & Director of Admissions and Records
    Ferris State University

    Dianna Stampfler

    Dianna Stampfler

    President
    Promote Michigan

    Michael Toney

    Michael Toney

    Vice President of Sales
    Golden Nugget Hotel Las Vegas

    Rob Underwood

    Rob Underwood

    General Manager
    Wings Event Center

    Ken Wasco

    Ken Wasco

    Catalyst: Customer Advocate
    Gordon Food Service – US Nations

    Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson

    PGM Player Development Coordinator
    Ferris State University

Accreditation

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.