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Economic and Legal Foundations in the Outdoor Industry

Certificate

Degree Type

Certificate

Department

Outdoor Industry MBA

The Graduate Certificate in Economic and Legal Foundations in the Outdoor Industry is a focused, multidisciplinary program tailored for professionals and emerging leaders in this specialized sector. The certificate’s specialized curriculum will equip you with the skills needed to make savvy business decisions, confidently navigate complex legal landscapes, and drive sustainable practices.

Program Overview

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View the outdoor industry through a legal lens.

Through just three essential courses-Managerial Economics, Business Law for the Outdoor Industry, and Natural Resource Regulation and Economics-you will earn the ins and outs of industry-specific legal matters from environmental regulations to contracts. This certificate provides a focused educational pathway for professionals interested in elevating their expertise in the outdoor industry without the extended commitment of a full MBA program. The curriculum is designed for the scheduling needs of working professionals, offering online and evening courses for added flexibility. Structured to provide both immediate applicability and enduring career advantages, this certificate is your fast track to becoming an indispensable asset in the high-growth, ever-evolving outdoor industry.

An in-demand skillset

Professionals with industry-specific legal knowledge are becoming increasingly sought after in the rapidly expanding outdoor business industry.

Program Requirements

At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

Program Requirements 

9 credits are required, including:

Course List
Code Title Credits
MBA 601Managerial Economics3
MBA 604Business Law for the Outdoor Industry3
MBA 613Natural Resource Regulation and Economics3
Total Credits9

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Program Benefits

Economic and Legal Foundations in the Outdoor Industry

Expand your skillset and elevate your career.

Western’s Economic and Legal Foundations in the Outdoor Industry certificate offers a multitude of benefits including:

  • Affordability – This certificate offers niche coursework to help you advance your career at a fraction of the cost of a master’s degree.
  • Flexibility – Asynchronous coursework allows you to complete class assignments in a way that allows you to honor your pre-existing personal and professional obligations.
  • Relevance – The outdoor industry is rapidly expanding, so there’s no better time to gain a specialized knowledge of where the sector is headed and how you can be a key player in it.
  • An accelerated timeline – This certificate can be completed in as little as nine months, setting you on the fast track to achieving new levels of career success.

Skill enhancement at your pace

Built with working professionals in mind, this nine-credit certificate provides niche professional development that can be completed in as little as nine months.

Department Information

Outdoor Industry MBA

Program Director

Jennifer DeBoer, Ph.D.

Director, Outdoor Industry MBA; Assistant Professor of Business Administration - Strategy; Graduate Faculty for Outdoor Industry MBA

Contact Information

970.943.2271

jdeboer@western.edu

Campus Location

1 Western Way, Borick Business Building 223, Gunnison, CO 81231

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