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Responsible Organizational Leadership in the Outdoor Industry

Degree Type

Graduate Certificate


Outdoor Industry MBA, School of Graduate Studies

The Outdoor Industry MBA graduate certificate in Responsible Organization Leadership allows students to gain both the hard and soft skills necessary to succeed in a supervisory or managerial role while promoting corporate ethics in the outdoor business industry.

Program Overview

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Unlock your outdoor organizational leadership potential.

The graduate certificate in Responsible Organizational Leadership in the Outdoor Industry provides the skills required for professionals to hone their leadership skills and apply them to a variety of sectors in the outdoor industry. The certificate focuses on industry-specific content to enable professionals to develop the capacity and skill necessary to effectively and strategically lead organizations through creating and executing strategic plans. Held in a 100% online format, this nine-credit program emphasizes a focus on ethics, leadership and organizational behavior, and is designed to be completed in 12-18 months to ensure participants are still able to attend to their career and personal obligations.

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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 603Leadership, Ethics, and Organizational Behavior3
MBA 607Sustainable Strategic Management in the Outdoor Industry3
MBA 697Special Topics3
Total Credits9


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Outdoor Industry MBA (OIMBA) students have completed over 18,000 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.

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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

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

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