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School of Business

Dedicated to preparing students for the global marketplace.

The business world can be extremely rewarding for those who are well-prepared. A strong foundation in business will enable you to enjoy the long-term gains of your career–regardless of the fluctuations of the economy. Western Colorado University’s unique model of business education is dedicated to comprehensively preparing you for the global marketplace.

Areas of Study

Accounting

Accounting

Major | Minor

Accounting
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Business Administration

Major | Minor

Business Administration
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Business Administration and Environment & Sustainability

Major

Business Administration and Environment & Sustainability
Business Analytics

Business Analytics

Minor

Business Analytics
Business Law

Business Law

Minor

Business Law
Economics

Economics

Major | Minor | Secondary Licensure

Economics
Energy Management Landman Program

Energy Management

Minor | Emphasis

Energy Management
Finance

Finance

Emphasis

Finance
Financial Analysis

Financial Analysis

Emphasis

Financial Analysis
Innovation Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E)

Minor | Emphasis

Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E)
latin american business

Latin American Business

Emphasis

Latin American Business
Management program

Management

Emphasis

Management
Marketing

Marketing

Emphasis

Marketing
Outdoor Industry MBA

Outdoor Industry MBA

Master of Business Administration

Outdoor Industry MBA
Outdoor Industry MBA

Outdoor Industry MBA 3+2

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

Outdoor Industry MBA 3+2
Professional Accounting CPA

Professional Accounting (CPA)

Emphasis

Professional Accounting (CPA)
Resort Management

Resort Management

Emphasis

Resort Management
Sales

Sales

Minor

Sales

Education at the speed of the global marketplace.

Our business programs are evaluated annually to ensure that our curriculum matches the needs of the global marketplace. As a business student, you can seize the unique opportunity to be mentored by accomplished industry-leading professors, develop relationships with potential employers and gain practical experience in more than 40 internship locations.

Getting ahead

Western students meet with interested employers at the annual Job and Career Fair.

Career Success

We cultivate well-prepared business professionals.

At Western, our professors ensure that business students have a strong foundation in communications, problem solving and critical thinking. Our business curriculum tracks the requirements of the markets, mixes business theory with practical application to real-world problems and offers unlimited experiential learning opportunities. Western’s School of Business will help you form relationships with potential employers and gain experience through internships—all of which will set you up for a successful business career.

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Prepared for success

In a mock internship interview, student Tierce Weaver faces an interview panel.

Take advantage of Western’s scholarship opportunities.

We know that financing your education is expensive and the process can seem overwhelming. We are committed to helping you find the resources you need to start and finish for your education at Western. To ensure that you have a clear understanding of the financial aid process, we’ll answer any questions that you might have and help your work through navigating the different resource options you might have including student loan repayment, personal budgeting and personal debt management. We can also work with you to discuss the details of our 37 School of Business scholarships.

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Leading the way in business ethics

Six Western students took home first-place honors at the ninth annual University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) Business Ethics Case Competition.

Study Abroad

Explore a world-sized classroom.

Take your education international with Western’s School of Business with Harlaxton College, a top-ranked study abroad program. Harlaxton College is a 150 room Victorian manor house in the English midlands. Study for a full semester, a summer or a two week intensive course. Not only is the Harlaxton College program competitively priced compared to other study abroad programs, but the location allows you to explore the rest of Europe in your spare time.

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World-sized classroom

Explore global opportunities in the School of Business with Harlaxton College, a top-ranked study abroad program.

News & Research

ethics bootcamp speaker

Ethics Bootcamp Gives Business Students a Foundation for the Future

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MEM student doing fieldwork

Conservation Grant Helps Fund Recreation Management Project

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energy excellence scholarship

Western Students Awarded Scholarships for Energy Excellence

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Outdoor Industry Success

Western Students Prove They Have the ‘Wright’ Stuff

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leadership and experiential learning

Leadership and Experiential Learning Projects at Western

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Western Adult Degree Completion Student

A Second Chance for Students Pursuing their Bachelor’s Degree

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experiential learning mba programs

Experiential Learning MBA Programs & Outdoor Education Grad Programs

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OIBC program graduate

Western Produces First Grad in Certificate Program

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Daniels Fund Ethics team members

Western Team Takes Top Honor at Daniels Fund Ethics Case Competition

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business student Garret Riskey

Garret Riskey: Making the Most of a Western Colorado University Experience

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Outdoor industry MBA

Outdoor Industry MBA Program Promotes Corporate Sustainability

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Student First

Student First Scholarship Making a Difference

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Western students excel at regional sales competition

Western students excel at regional sales competition

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Western Professor Featured in VentureWell Article

Western Professor Featured in VentureWell Article

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Western students traveled to Vail Headquarters to get insider’s perspective on hospitality industry

Western students traveled to Vail Headquarters to get insider’s perspective on hospitality industry

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

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

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Western alums land ‘Dream Job’ with Ski.com

Western alums land ‘Dream Job’ with Ski.com

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Western students sweep business ethics case competition

Western students sweep business ethics case competition

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BLISTER Speaker Series set to host Moment Skis CEO

BLISTER Speaker Series set to host Moment Skis CEO

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Western Outdoor Industry MBA student featured in Denver Business Journal

Western Outdoor Industry MBA student featured in Denver Business Journal

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Western championed as 2019-20 College of Distinction

Western championed as 2019-20 College of Distinction

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Pair of Western graduates profiled in Careers in Professional Selling magazine

Pair of Western graduates profiled in Careers in Professional Selling magazine

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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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Western Students Earn NextCycle Incubator Grant

Western Students Earn NextCycle Incubator Grant

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Western Students Win Second Straight Rocky Mountain Investment Challenge

Western Students Win Second Straight Rocky Mountain Investment Challenge

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Western hosts inaugural Southern Colorado Higher Ed Consortium Summit

Western hosts inaugural Southern Colorado Higher Ed Consortium Summit

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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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Microbrew course teaches beer, business and everything in between

Microbrew course teaches beer, business and everything in between

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Business students seek to elevate leadership at Western

Business students seek to elevate leadership at Western

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Faculty & Staff

Additional Resources

Harlaxton Study Abroad Program

Explore Global opportunities in the School of Business with Harlaxton College, a top-ranked study abroad program. Harlaxton College is a 150 room Victorian manor house in the English midlands Study for a full semester, summer school or two week intensive course Costs are half the price of other European study abroad programs Opportunities to explore […]

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New Student Scholarship Application

New Student Scholarship Application

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Office of Career Success

Career Services helps you assess your strengths and access tools to achieve personal and professional goals. Our staff helps you craft your next adventure.

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Business Scholarship Application

Western’s School of Business offers over 25 scholarships to students currently enrolled in the program. Complete the application form to apply for one or more of these funding opportunities.

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Department Information

School of Business

Dean

Peter Sherman, Ph.D.

Dean of School of Business

Executive Assistant

Christina Sorensen

Executive Assistant

Graduate Program Coordinator

Jordan L’Heureux

Program Coordinator, Outdoor Industry MBA

Contact Information

970.943.2231

Campus Location

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

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Apply to Western

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Visit Western

The best way to find out what makes Western such a special place is to experience it for yourself. Our student-led tours give you an insider’s perspective on everything from academics to student life.

Alumni Community

Alumni Community

We keep the Mountaineer spirit going strong within our alumni community. Whether getting together with friends at an annual event, making a donation or mentoring a student, graduates continue to play an important role in the Western community.