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Colorado school offers first Outdoor Industry MBA

Published May 11, 2018

GUNNISON, Colo. (BRAIN) — Western State Colorado University will offer an Outdoor Industry MBA starting with the 2018-19 academic year. The school believes the program is the first of its kind in the U.S.

The two-year online program includes an MBA core as well as specific tracks for either the product or service side of the outdoor-recreation economy. The program also includes residencies, immersion experiences and guest lectures from outdoor industry experts.

"The Outdoor Industry MBA at Western will give graduate students the tools and connections necessary to make forward-thinking change within this fast-growing industry," said program director Pete Sherman. "We have a unique approach to class scheduling where we offer the industry-specific courses first. This way, students can apply content from class immediately to the workplace."

The school said Ideal candidates have a bachelor's degree, professional experience in the industry and the desire to take their career to the next level. 

Classes begin Sept. 24, pending accreditation approval. More information at

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