Outdoor Industry MBA

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Degree Type

Master of Business Administration

Department

School of Business, School of Graduate Studies

Careers in the outdoor industry promote health and wellness, protect public lands, ensure inclusive spaces and connect people to nature. Whether you want to move up the ladder in a large company or start your own small business, you’ll find your niche in Western’s Outdoor Industry MBA program.

Program Overview

Turn your personal passion into a rewarding profession.

Western’s Outdoor Industry MBA program is designed to accommodate your busy schedule while accelerating your career. We offer evening online courses, immersion experiences and a final capstone project with an organization of your choice. Through this dynamic blend of courses and hands-on experience, you’ll gain the industry-specific knowledge you’ll need to advance your career, enter into the industry or establish your own business.

The two-year program includes an MBA Core as well as specialized tracks for either the product or service side of the industry. The MBA Core includes traditional MBA courses with content focusing on the outdoor industry. The Product Concentration has specialized courses in Sustainable Outdoor Product Development and Material Sourcing; Supply Chain and Logistics in the Outdoor Industry; and Sustainable Finance. The Service Concentration has specialized courses in Resort and Hospitality Management, Natural Resource Regulation and Economics, and Sales and Customer Experience.

Learn and play outdoors

Outdoor Industry MBA students take full advantage of the natural resources surrounding campus to gain hands-on experience and build connections with industry leaders.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
MBA 600 Sustainability Accounting 3 View
MBA 601 Managerial Economics 3 View
MBA 602 Managerial Finance 3 View
MBA 603 Leadership, Ethics, and Organizational Behavior 3 View
MBA 604 Business Law for the Outdoor Industry 3 View
MBA 605 Competitive Dynamics in the Athletic and Outdoor Industry 3 View
MBA 606 Marketing and Brand Strategy in the Outdoor Industry 3 View
MBA 607 Strategic MGT Business Models for the Outdoor Industry 3 View
MBA 608 Resort and Hospitality Management 3 View
MBA 609 Sustainable Outdoor Product Development and Material Sourcing 3 View
MBA 610 Supply Chain and Logistics in the Outdoor Industry 3 View
MBA 611 TOPICS IN OUTDOOR INDUSTRY 0 View
MBA 613 Natural Resource Regulation and Economics 3 View
MBA 614 Sales and Customer Experience 3 View
MBA 615 Sustainable Finance 3 View
MBA 691 Capstone Project 3 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

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News & Research

School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies announces recipients of Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence

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Western professor publishes book focused on sustainability in business

Western professor publishes book focused on sustainability in business

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New partnership helps Red Rocks Community College students earn accelerated master’s degrees

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Western announces partnership with Outdoor Industry Association for continuing education certificate program

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Western Outdoor Industry MBA student featured in Denver Business Journal

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BLISTER Speaker Series welcomes executive director of Honnold Foundation to campus

BLISTER Speaker Series welcomes executive director of Honnold Foundation to campus

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BLISTER Speaker Series returns to Western with bike expert and entrepreneur Claudio Caluori

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Western Outdoor Industry MBA receives scholarship funds from Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office

Western Outdoor Industry MBA receives scholarship funds from Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office

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Western Business School Appoints New Outdoor Industry MBA Director

Western Business School Appoints New Outdoor Industry MBA Director

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Colorado university offers MBA tailored for outdoor enthusiasts looking to climb the corporate ladder

Colorado university offers MBA tailored for outdoor enthusiasts looking to climb the corporate ladder

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Western Colorado University debuts an MBA program for the outdoor-career minded.

Western Colorado University debuts an MBA program for the outdoor-career minded.

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Colorado Outdoor Recreation Office Leader Luis Benitez Headed to VF Corp

Colorado Outdoor Recreation Office Leader Luis Benitez Headed to VF Corp

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Colorado’s first-in-the-nation outdoor MBA program is hitting its stride

Colorado’s first-in-the-nation outdoor MBA program is hitting its stride

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The Colorado Sun spotlights ’first-in-the-nation outdoor MBA program’

The Colorado Sun spotlights ’first-in-the-nation outdoor MBA program’

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Outdoor Industry MBA students head to Outdoor Retailer

Outdoor Industry MBA students head to Outdoor Retailer

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Governor Hickenlooper visits Western to discuss Outdoor Industry MBA

Governor Hickenlooper visits Western to discuss Outdoor Industry MBA

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Head of Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office speaks with Outdoor Industry MBA

Head of Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office speaks with Outdoor Industry MBA

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Colorado Gov. announces scholarships for Outdoor Industry MBA students

Colorado Gov. announces scholarships for Outdoor Industry MBA students

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Western’s new Outdoor Industry MBA receives accreditation

Western’s new Outdoor Industry MBA receives accreditation

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Western unveiling Outdoor Industry MBA for 2018-19

Western unveiling Outdoor Industry MBA for 2018-19

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Additional Resources

Fellowship Opportunities in MBA

Outdoor Industry MBA Fellowship Opportunities If you have been accepted to the MBA Program and are interested in any of the fellowship opportunities listed below, please email the Program Director, Dr …

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Tuition & Fees

Credits Required Tuition/credit Campus Fees/credit* Total Tuition & Fees Year 1 Fall Preterm 3 $1,110 $50.40 $3,481.20 Fall 6 $1,110 $50.40 $6,962.40 Spring 9 $1,110 $50.40 $10,443.60 Year 1 Total …

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Prerequisites & Admissions Criteria

Application Deadlines To apply to the Accelerated Degree (3+2) program, please contact Dr. Scott Borden sborden@western.edu. June 30: Completed applications are due *GRE/GMAT/GMAC are NOT required for …

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Department Information

School of Business

Dean

Peter Sherman, Ph.D.

Dean of School of Business

Program Coordinator

Veronica Wilde

Contact Information

970.943.2019

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Borick Business BUilding 213
1 Wester Way
Gunnison, CO 81231