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Music Industry Management

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It takes more than musicians to put on a concert, produce and distribute a great recording, or get a new guitar into the hands of a player. It takes many people doing the business of music.

On campus, Music Industry Management (MIM) students produce live concerts and other events throughout the year as members of the Music Industry Management Association, which functions as a student-run production company. Students are responsible for booking the artists and venues, as well as for promotion, hospitality, stage set-up, sponsorships, and merchandise. Internships in places like New York, Nashville, and California are a fundamental component of the program, further preparing MIM students to enter the field.

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.

New & Noteworthy

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July 19, 2017

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Embracing the ‘Hospitality High’

June 28, 2017

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College of Business Students Place Second in Digital Marketing Strategy Competition

October 17, 2016

Last week five American Marketing Association (AMA) students traveled to Whitewater, Wisconsin to participate in a regional conference and competitions. In addition to attending speakers and workshops, three students participated in the Digital Marketing Strategy Competition and placed second overall.… Read more »

Student Experiences Study Abroad Awakening

October 5, 2016

Chandler Owen is a junior at Ferris State. She double majors in Music Industry Management and Public Relations with a minor in Literature. Chandler is a member of the on-campus organization, Music Industry Management Association. Five Weeks to Wellbeing: The Roman Edition… Read more »

Celebrating Culture, Commerce, And Art With Music On The Muskegon

September 15, 2016

Music on the Muskegon is not just a concert, but an experience that will help bring the community together in celebration of our cultures, commerce, and art. On Saturday, October 1 from 12 to 6 pm students and the general… Read more »

Lucky 13: The NAMM Foundation 2016 President’s Innovation Award

December 7, 2015

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation advances the music industry through scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. This year, 13 Ferris State University students received the NAMM Foundation’s 2016 President’s Innovation Award. Ferris State award recipient’s include: Alexandra Fiolek, Emily… Read more »

The Music Movement: Students Value Meaning Behind the Music

July 22, 2015

“Music is an omnipresent force that affects us all. It’s how we tell stories, let off steam, dance, cry, laugh. You name it, music has it. It’s so much more than just entertainment,” says Music Industry Management (MIM) junior Josh… Read more »

Preparing for a Multi-Billion Dollar Music Industry

July 15, 2015

Kari Bosen attended her first concert in February 2008. She saw the Jonas Brothers at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Little did she know that this experience would ignite her passion for the music industry. “The second… Read more »

Music Industry Management intern: Daniel Amrhein

June 25, 2015

Aspiring country music artist Daniel Amrhein, is interning with fellow artist Chris Steer in Traverse City, Michigan. Aside from interning, Amrhein does freelance work to become accustomed to the music industry and to promote his talents. “My goal is to… Read more »

Music Industry Management Student among Outstanding Graduates

June 11, 2015

Each year, President Eisler sits down with a select number of students from the graduating class to learn about their life experiences. These Outstanding Graduates have excelled academically and overcome tremendous challenges to earn their degrees. Dai-Zhanie Plummer of the… Read more »

Music Biz Conference Offers Career Insight

June 4, 2015

Music Industry Management (MIM) student Katarina Cody attended a music industry conference in Nashville, Tennessee. A junior, she was motivated by the experience to excel in her pre-professional career at Ferris and to prepare for life after college. Cody was among several MIM… Read more »

Music Industry Management Spotlight: Nicole Finch of NAMM

February 24, 2015

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is a not-for-profit association dedicated to a belief in music. They are known for their NAMM trade shows and serve to strengthen the $17 billion global music products industry. Through various activities and… Read more »

Music Management Students Step Up at National Show

February 4, 2015

On Jan. 22, 27 passionate Music Industry Management (MIM) students traveled to sunny Anaheim, California. Instead of soaking up the sun, they spent the weekend networking with 100,000 music business professionals from around the globe at the winter National Association… Read more »

Music Industry Management Success Spotlight: Haley Hoogland

September 30, 2014

College of Business grads are thriving in some pretty neat places. Music Industry Management alumni Haley Hoogland is a major success behind the scenes of the Electronic Dance Music business. Haley graduated from Ferris State University in 2010; now she… Read more »

Music Industry Student Experiences Talent Buying in the Real World

June 5, 2014

This summer, Connor LaRowe is living his dream. As a Music Industry Management senior, He is interning with Fusion Shows, located in Lansing. “I get to work with some of my best friends every day, doing what I love. Being… Read more »

MIM Makes Music Its Business

June 11, 2013

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Turn Up The Good 3.0

March 18, 2013

Griz, Break Science, and The Floozies will be performing at Turn Up The Good 3.0. This event will take place on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at Wink Arena. Doors will open at 6 pm and the show begins at 7… Read more »

Independent Showcase

February 6, 2013

The Independent Showcase is a mini concert series that was held at the Rankin Art Gallery. Featured artists were Lucas Carpenter, Mark Rose, and The Icarus Account. Each of the artists performed on separate nights in February and March. The… Read more »

From the Classroom to the Stage

October 19, 2012

Autumn Alive gives MIM students hands-on experience Ferris State MIM senior, Robin Fomusa, has spent months preparing for the 13th annual Autumn Alive concert. This year’s event will feature We the Kings and Fireworks. Last spring, Fomusa was selected as… Read more »

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 Computer Information Technology (CIT), 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 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 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 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:

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 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 2.5 GPA

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

  • FTIAC applicants must meet COB FTIAC admission criteria. Students must successfully pass a portfolio review after completion of sophomore level program courses.
  • Transfer applicants must meet COB transfer admission criteria 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)

  • All applicants applying for admission to the ISIN program will submit a 750 – 1,000 word essay that addresses the following: Who they are and why they desire admission in the ISI program, description of a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution, or experience, and description of someone that influenced them and why.
  • 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 Industry Management (MIM-BS-BU)

  • FTIAC applicants must meet COB FTIAC admission criteria.
  • Transfer applicants must meet COB transfer admission criteria and have a 2.50 GPA. Typically no more than 45 applicable credit hours. Based on MIM Program Director approval.

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 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 with 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); Certificate process, April, 2016; May, 2016; Updates with certificate, ISIN admissions criteria, SAT updates, program changes, eliminate pre-programs, editorial changes, and reviewed by AC: March 16, 2017 and updated on April 4, 2017); MIM transfer credit clarification, June 13, 2107; CIS transfer criteria update: 2.5 GPA, June 19, 2017.

Ferris State University College of Business 119 South Street Big Rapids, Michigan 49307 | 231.591.2420 Tel | cob@ferris.edu

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