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Outdoor Product Innovation and Management in the Outdoor Industry

Certificate

Degree Type

Certificate

Department

Outdoor Industry MBA

Embark on a career-defining journey with the Graduate Certificate in Outdoor Product Innovation and Management in the Outdoor Industry, an intensive program designed for aspiring leaders and seasoned professionals alike.

Program Overview

Outdoor Product Innovation and Management in the Outdoor Industry

Bring your dream outdoor industry product ideas to life.

Comprised of three targeted courses – Sustainable Outdoor Product Development and Material Sourcing, Supply Chain and Logistics in the Outdoor Industry, and Sustainable Finance – this fully remote, 9-credit certificate propels you through the intricate lifecycle of outdoor products, from sustainable material sourcing to global supply chain logistics and financially sound sustainable practices. Dive deep into the complexities of crafting and delivering groundbreaking, eco-friendly products while mastering the financial strategies that underpin sustainable business models. Tailored for immediate real-world application and long-lasting career growth, this certificate positions you as a forward-thinking innovator in a rapidly evolving, sustainability-­focused industry.

A specialized skillset

Unlike programs that offer a broad overview, this certificate dives deep into specialized areas crucial to product development, supply chain logistics, and sustainable finance.

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 609Sustainable Outdoor Product Development and Material Sourcing3
MBA 610Supply Chain and Logistics in the Outdoor Industry3
MBA 615Sustainable Finance3
Total Credits9

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Take the first steps toward your academic and personal growth.

Fostering your intellectual development is the primary focus of every academic program at Western. Our professors and Office of Career Services will help you identify your strengths, hone your skills, define your goals, and prepare for a fulfilling and enriched life after graduation. Wondering how you can apply your program of choice to your intellectual and personal journey? Check out our “What Can I Do With This Major?” tool to explore the diverse opportunities and pathways within any degree program.

Program Benefits

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Expand your skillset and elevate your career.

Western’s Outdoor Product Innovation and Management 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 one year, setting you on the fast track to achieving new levels of career success.

A one-of-a-kind program

The coursework and instruction you’ll receive in this program is highly specialized to the outdoor industry, ensuring you’ll earn a highly specialized skillset as a certificate holder.

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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