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.
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.
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.
|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|
Andrés Esparza, MEM
Extended Studies Instructor, Guest Lecturer on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) for Outdoor Industry MBA
Brooke Moran, Ph.D.
Professor of Recreation & Outdoor Education for MEM Graduate Program, Graduate Faculty for Outdoor Industry MBA
Jeffrey Dykes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business Administration, Graduate Faculty for Outdoor Industry MBA
Jennifer DeBoer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Graduate Faculty for Outdoor Industry MBA
Jessica Laramie, J.D.
Director of Energy Management Program, Senior Lecturer in Business Administration, Graduate Faculty for Outdoor Industry MBA
Kevin A. Nelson, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of the School of Business, Graduate Faculty for Outdoor Industry MBA
Salif P. Mahamane, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology; Graduate Faculty for MEM, Graduate Faculty and Outdoor Industry MBA
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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Connecting people and organizations worldwide.
Outdoor Industry MBA (OIMBA) students have completed over 9,200 hours of projects serving organizations across Colorado, the American West, and as far as France. Together, faculty, students and outdoor professionals come together at Western to tackle the most pressing issues facing our industry such as inclusivity, health and wellness, public lands protection, livable wages, and sustainability.
Discover peers and mentors
The OIMBA program holds events throughout the year to connect, learn and discuss important topics with others in the industry.
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