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Sustainable Financial Management in the Outdoor Industry

Degree Type

Graduate Certificate


Outdoor Industry MBA, School of Graduate Studies

Fostering a culture of sustainable finance is key for any organization, including those in the outdoor industry. This innovative certificate will allow you to hone your financial management skills in everything from accounting to budgeting to risk management.

Program Overview

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Create an environment where sustainable finance can thrive.

The graduate certificate in Sustainable Financial Management in the Outdoor Industry allows students to analyze unique challenges and opportunities present in the outdoor industry and promote the fiscal growth of organizations in the outdoor sector. This certificate is designed to provide the essential concepts, theories, and practices relevant to sustainable finance and accounting in the outdoor industry while enabling professionals to advance their skills in assessing and managing the financial health of organizations.

The coursework engages professionals with content related to financial, ethical, and environmental accounting issues and frameworks, financial decision-making theory and practice, financial analysis and forecasting, risk management, budgeting, economic, environmental, social, and governance issues, and alternative financing arrangements.

Structured with working professionals in mind, class sessions in this program are held during evenings and are 100% online ensuring participants are able to accommodate their career and personal duties.

A holistic approach

The graduate certificate in Sustainable Financial Management will allow you to analyze corporate finance through a variety of lenses and understand financial best practices that lead to continued growth and success

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 600Sustainability Accounting3
MBA 602Managerial Finance3
MBA 615Sustainable Finance3
Total Credits9


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Outdoor Industry MBA Network

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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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An in-demand skillset

Professionals with a wealth of financial knowledge are becoming increasingly highly sought, particularly if they can apply these skills to niche areas such as the outdoor industry.

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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

Contact Information



Campus Location

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

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