Alumni & Industry Testimonials

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David Bone

Class of 1994

Owner, United States Racquet Stringers Association (USRSA)

“Attending the PTM program at Ferris State University was the single greatest decision I made in my career. Before I heard about the program, I was a full-time teaching pro in Ann Arbor, Michigan with a decent reputation among the local clubs, but had no great prospects for becoming a manager and moving off the court. After going through the program and making connections with speakers and other students, I came out with opportunities in tennis, on and off the court, across the country and even around the world. In fact, it was while I was in the program that I met the owner of the USRSA. I spent the first few years after I graduated working at tennis clubs in New York, California, and Illinois. Then, that connection I made with the owner of the USRSA paid off when she offered me a position as Associate Director of the Association. Thanks to the business skills I learned at Ferris, I was quickly promoted to Executive Director and eventually bought the business. I can’t think of anything better that someone could do if they are interested in pursuing a career in tennis. One thing I think is often underestimated is the value of the relationships you get to form with the other students in the program. The program is a lot like a Fraternity/Sorority of students who all share a passion for Tennis. This makes your time at school a ton of fun and it massively grows your network of industry contacts after you graduate.”

 

 

Kevin Wickham

Class of 2013

Midwest Technical Representative, Wilson Sporting Goods

“PTM is one of the only programs in the country that truly allows a student to follow their passion of tennis while promising a successful career straight out of college. There is currently a decline in the amount of quality teaching professionals in our industry. Clubs and other organizations are desperate to get decent staff as soon as possible. PTM provides a solid degree in Marketing while helping you be specialized in your on court abilities through classes and internships.”

 

 

 

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Class of 2016

Head Professional, Franco’s Health Club and Spa

Mandeville, Louisiana

“I can honestly say that PTM was one of the better decisions I have ever made. Not only was my college experience one that was unforgettable, but it set me up for success in life. It allowed me to make life-long friends in college and hold internships where I had amazing experiences all over the country. After college though is where my degree truly started to shine. It has allowed me a fantastic job doing what I love and working for people who share my passion. It may be a cliche, but the saying “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” couldn’t be more true.”

 

Scott Enge

2-time USPTA National Tennis Coach of the Year

Olathe, Kansas

“The Ferris State PTM program is the first and most successful tennis management program in the United States. It has graduated more career tennis pros, directors of tennis and tennis industry employees than any other school in the country. It is so highly respected in the tennis industry that it is endorsed by the USTA and the USPTA and was the only school I had my son consider for a PTM degree. My son attended Ferris State and played on the team for several years. His experience here helped him achieve the Director of Tennis position at the MVP club in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the age of 28. I have also hired interns from FSU’s PTM program and have been very pleased with the people from the program. The PTM program teaches you all aspects of the tennis industry and allows you to use the business degree to have a variety of career possibilities. You should be a proud member of Professional Tennis Management program at Ferris State as it is the most elite degree of it’s kind in the US.”

 

 

 

Kostyantyn Khodirev

Class of 2012

Director of Tennis, Wintergreen Resort

Wintergreen, Virginia

“The PTM Program at Ferris State University opens doors within the tennis industry. The education is great; classes cover all aspects of running an elite facility. By far the most invaluable part of the program is the networking – – this gives students a massive head start in their tennis careers.”

 

 

 

 

Steve Keller

Senior Manager, USTA-U

Orlando, Florida

“The PTM program at Ferris State University is a terrific pathway to gaining quality education and a competitive employment advantage in the tennis industry. I have had the pleasure and privilege of coming to Ferris State for many years in multiple capacities and am always impressed with the commitment to quality with the program. If you are interested in making a career in the tennis industry, this is the place where you want to be.”

 

 

 

Chad Ruthig

Class of 2015

Director of Tennis, Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa

Rancho Mirage, California

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Admissions


1. 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 Graphic Design (DSGN), 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/Student Academic Affairs (SAA).

Applicants completing the SAT after Fall, 2016, must have a 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and meet two of the three criteria below:

  • SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing (ERW) score of 450 or higher.
  • SAT Math score of 500 or higher. Placement in Math 109/110 will be considered (SAT MATH score 480).
  • SAT Composite score of 900.

Applicants completing the ACT; or applicants completing the SAT before Fall, 2016, 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 for English and Math. Most students complete the Accuplacer at the FSU Testing Center or approved satellite location.

Applicants not meeting the above criteria (or criteria for direct admission into a specific COB program listed in Section 3), MAY be considered for an approved Associates Degree if:

  • High School GPA of 2.35 or higher
  • Math ACT score of 16/SAT Math 430 and additional high school algebra
  • ACT Reading score of 16 and ACT English score of 14 or a comparable SAT ERW score to be determined.
  • SAT Composite score of 860 or ACT composite score of 15.

2. 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 Accountancy/Computer Information Systems (ACIS), Computer Information Systems (CIS), Computer Information Technology (CIT), Graphic Design (DSGN), Information Security & Intelligence (ISIN), 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/SAA.

Transfer 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. 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; or SAT ERW score of 450; or Accuplacer English score 6 or higher.
  • Transfer equivalency for FSU Math 114/115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; or SAT Math score of 500; or Accuplacer MATH scores: Elementary Algebra score 75 or higher and College Level Math 0 – 49.

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 for English and Math. Most students complete the Accuplacer at the FSU Testing Center or an approved satellite location.

COB students may transfer into another COB program with a 2.0 FSU GPA unless they do not meet requirements that are program specific. A “Program Change Form” will be processed in the Dean’s Office/SAA (BUS 200).

FSU students may transfer into a COB program with a 2.35 FSU GPA unless they do not meet requirements that are program specific. A “Program Change Form” will be processed in the Dean’s Office/SAA (BUS 200).

3. COB Specific Programs’ Admission Criteria

New applicants (FTIAC)* and transfer applicants interested in Accountancy/Computer Information Systems (ACIS), Systems Computer Information Systems (CIS), Computer Information Technology (CIT), Graphic Design (DSGN), Information Security and Intelligence (ISIN), Music Industry Management (MIM), PGA Golf Management (PGA), and Professional Tennis Management (PTM) have specific admission criteria as follows:

Accountancy/Computer Information Systems (ACIS-BS-BU)

  • FTIAC applicants must meet the COB FTIAC admission criteria.
  • Transfer applicants must meet COB transfer admission criteria (see Section 2) and have a combined college or university 2.5 GPA.

Computer Information Systems (CIS-BS-BU)

  • FTIAC applicants must meet COB FTIAC admission criteria.
  • Transfer applicants must meet COB transfer admission criteria (see Section 2) and have a combined college or university 2.5 GPA.

Computer Information Technology (CIT-BS-BU)

  • FTIAC applicants must meet COB FTIAC admission criteria.
  • Transfer applicants must meet COB transfer admission criteria (see Section 2) and have a college or university 2.5 GPA.

Graphic Design Bachelor’s Degree (DSGN-BS-BU)

  • FTIAC applicants must meet COB FTIAC admission criteria. Students must maintain a 2.7gpa in their DSGN courses.
  • Transfer applicants must meet COB transfer admission criteria (see Section 2) 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 and ISIN-AAS-BU)

  • All applicants applying for admission to the ISIN programs will submit a 750 – 1,000 word essay that addresses the following: Who they are and why they desire admission in the ISIN program, description of a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution, or experience, and description of someone that influenced them and why.
  • Minimum computer spec for ISIN students: Laptop; Windows or OSX/MacOS; 8 GB RAM, 16GB recommended; 500 GB HDD or SSD; CPU minimum i5 or equivalent.
  • FTIAC applicants require a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from high school and a Math ACT minimum score of 22 or Math SAT minimum score of 550.
  • Transfer applicants must have a combined 3.00 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA is based on completion of 24 hours or more. Students must have completed the transfer equivalent of FSU’s Math 114/115 or higher (this does not include FSU’s equivalent of Math 117) with a minimum 2.00 GPA or have a Math ACT minimum score of 22 or Math SAT minimum score of 550.  (See information above regarding the required essay.)

Music and Entertainment Business (MEBM-BS-BU)

  • FTIAC applicants must meet COB FTIAC admission criteria.
  • Transfer applicants must meet COB transfer admission criteria and (see Section 2) have a combined college or university 2.5 GPA. Typically no more than 45 applicable credit hours should be transferred from other institutions. Exceptions will be based on approval by the MIM Program Director.

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 or SAT composite score of 980 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 and/or the PGA program coordinator.
  • Transfer applicants must meet COB transfer admission criteria (see Section 2) and have a 2.50 GPA and USGA handicap of 8 or lower.   GPA is based on completion of 12 credit hours including ENGL 150, MATH 114/115, and a self and society or culture general education competency. 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 the 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 SAT Math score of 500 OR (2) ACT Reading score of 19 or higher or SAT ERW to be determined.
  • Transfer applicants must meet COB transfer admissions criteria (see Section 2) and NTRP of 4.0 or USTA District ranking.

4. 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 a 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.

Admission process for individuals seeking only a certificate: 

  • Applicant should show proof of high school graduation with a 2.35 GPA.  If it is determined by the COB Dean’s Office/SAA that regular program admission criteria should be met in order to complete the certificate successfully and be a contributing member of the course, all college transcripts should be submitted to the Admissions Office. Once admitted, an advisor will be assigned by the College of Business in the certificate program.
  • Dual enrolled/concurrent students must complete their high school degree (provide transcript) before the certificate will be granted from FSU.  
  • Students wishing to pursue a bachelor or associate’s degree must meet the admission criteria for the program. This criteria review is initiated when the “Program Change Form” request is processed through the COB Dean’s Office/SAA.

Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office/SAA

*This document is subject to change. Questions should be submitted to the COB Dean’s Office/Student Academic Affairs (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); April and May, 2016 (Certificate process updates); Reviewed by AC: March 16, 2017 and updated on April 4, 2017 (Updates with certificate, ISIN admissions criteria, SAT updates, program changes, eliminate pre-programs, editorial changes);  June 13, 2107 (MIM transfer credit clarification); June 19, 2017 (CIS transfer criteria update: combined college GPA 2.5 GPA); July 27, 2017 (ISIN computer recommendations; Accountancy/Computer Information Systems transfer criteria update: combined college GPA 2.50); August 16, 2017 (Edit); Oct 6, 2017 (ISIN AAS); November 7, 2017 (PTM edit “or USTA”);

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