Western’s Outdoor Industry MBA is the first of its kind in the United States and is based in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
The outdoor industry is thriving. Many employees in the industry are interested in an advanced degree but do not want a generic MBA. Western’s Outdoor Industry MBA brings professionals the content and connections of a degree geared specifically to their field. Students take a traditional business core along with specialized tracks that focus on the unique social, environmental and structural elements of the outdoor industry. It is for people who want to move up the professional ladder and bring their lifestyle with them.
The two-year, online 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. Unlike most MBA programs, students take their specialized courses first so they can apply class content immediately to the workplace.
Western is located in beautiful Gunnison, CO. Residencies and immersion experiences will take full advantage of the natural resources surrounding campus and nearby Crested Butte. Other opportunities include guest talks from industry experts, networking at trade shows and leading businesses in the industry. Students will complete a culminating Final Capstone Project paired with a company in the outdoor industry during their second year.
Tuition costs are $20,887 each year ($41,774 tuition & fees total for both years - 36 credits at $1,160.40 per credit hour). Tuition costs are the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition covers the cost of room and board during immersion experiences.
Tuition may be tax deductible; please consult with your tax advisor.
|Start Date||End Date||Holidays/Immersion Location|
|Fall 2018||September 24, 2018||December 21, 2018||Thanksgiving Break Nov 19-23|
|Spring 2019 Immersion||January 27, 2019||February 1, 2019||Outdoor Retailer Show|
|Spring 2019||February 11, 2019||May 10, 2019||Spring Break March 18-22|
|Summer 2019 Immersion||August 12, 2019||August 16, 2019||Crested Butte|
|Fall 2019||September 23, 2019||December 19, 2019||Thanksgiving Break Nov 25-29|
|Spring Immersion||February 10, 2020||February 14, 2020||Crested Butte|
|Spring 2019 Capstone Project||February 10, 2020||May 8, 2019|
|Graduation||May 9, 2020||First Cohort Graduates|
Program Prerequisites and Admissions Criteria
All admission requirements to the MBA Program will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with respect to work experience, including managerial experience and leadership roles.
- Students must be prepared for graduate level courses in business. Contact Peter Sherman, Ph.D., for more information.
- Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is desirable. Official transcript required.*
- More than three years of work experience.**
* Those candidates with significant work experience with less than the minimum GPA will be considered.
** Candidates with less than three years of experience will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Provisional Admission: If an applicant applies without all of the requirements listed above, they will be reviewed for provisional acceptance. Students who enter the program with prerequisite deficiencies can make up those deficiencies at Western during the first year. In that case, MBA students will enroll in the needed course(s) once accepted to the program. These students will be considered “provisional admits” (this status will be removed once a student has completed the prerequisites).
International Students: see Graduate Academic Catalog section, Criteria for International Admission.