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International Admissions: Information Security and Intelligence

Students from around the world come to Ferris State University to study unique, career-focused programs. International applicants can learn more here and contact International Admissions for assistance. 

Ferris State ISIThe Bachelor of Science in Information Security and Intelligence (ISI) at Ferris State University includes subjects such as cyber security, digital forensics, data intelligence, and risk analysis so that students are prepared to join one of the fast-growing career fields. ISI graduates are employed as security analysts, data analysts, digital forensic investigators, FBI special agents, NCIS special agents, risk analysts, penetration testers, compliance officers, and many other occupations. Students can major in ISI and specialize in a number of areas including penetration testing, digital forensics/incident response, data analytics, and project management. 

Admission requirements: GPA 3.0

ACT/SAT is not required but encouraged for course placement and scholarship eligibility.

National Recognition: The Information Security and Intelligence program is accredited by the National Security Agency as a Center of Excellence in all Information Assurance subject areas, one of only six programs in the country to achieve this standard. The program holds the National Center for Digital Forensic Academic Excellence designation from the Department of Defense Cyber Command Center (DC3) and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Facilities: Students utilize Michigan’s most advanced digital forensic research lab, getting hands-on experience with equipment and technology valued at over $2 million. This includes digital forensic tools, computers, nano-scale microscopy, imaging devices, and software.

Faculty Highlight: Professor Greg Gogolin

Dr Greg GogolinPh.D., Michigan State University
Doctoral Study, NOVA Southeastern Florida
Master of Science, Computer Information Systems Management, Ferris State University
Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems, Ferris State University
Bachelor of Science, Applied Biology, Ferris State University
Associate of Arts, Ferris State University

Dr. Gogolin was the initial author of both the Ferris State University undergraduate and graduate degrees in Information Security and Intelligence. He is a Distinguished Professor and Fulbright Scholar (Universidad de Chile), and has taught in Latin American and Europe. Dr. Gogolin has received funded research grants for the National Science Foundation and other organizations, has numerous publications, and has presented at multiple conferences and locations within the United States and Internationally. His primary technical and research interests are Digital Forensics, Business Intelligence, and Project Management.

 How to Apply:

  • Complete the online application (including the $30 USD application fee):
  • Mail official high school transcripts
  • Mail official bank statement that shows you have enough funds to study in the US ($34,600)
  • Report your English score to Ferris using the university code 1222 (TOEFL 61/IELTS 5.5) OR join the Intensive English Program before starting your academic program
  • Send a copy of passport
Mail all required documents to:
Ferris State University
Office of International Education
1301 S. State Street IRC 134
Big Rapids, MI 49307 USA

Scholarships: International and domestic students are awarded scholarships based on academic eligibility.  First-time students can receive between $1,500 and $12,630 per year based on grade point average and test scores (ACT, SAT). Transfer students can receive between $2,500 and $5,500 based on grade point average.

English Language: The English Proficiency Policies at Ferris State University offers conditional acceptance to ISI and all academic programs for students who need to first fulfill their language requirement.

Contact the Office of International Education for help with an international student application. Submit a request for more information or chat live with the Ferris admission team.

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