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CSU's online Graduate Certificate in Adventure Tourism is a first of its kind in the nation, designed to prepare you with the managerial skills to create your own outdoor venture, or take a leadership role in the industry.
Earn your adventure tourism certificate online
"The outdoor recreation industry represents a new economy," according to Luis Benitez, director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. "The leaders of this economy will need to have a deep understanding of our natural resources, and how to integrate the components of innovation, health, and wellness into a vision for what comes next."
Gain the skills required to successfully develop and manage land-, water-, and air-based adventures. Offered in a flexible online format, the adventure tourism certificate allows students from around the world to complete coursework from wherever they are. Courses include narrated presentations, discussion groups, and a range of multi-media content, including video interviews with industry experts.
Do well while doing good
Faculty blend operations management practices with natural resource management practices, focusing on a collaborative approach rather than a business model based on competition. Everyone wins when you do the right things for the environment, the community, and the venture.
Become a leader in the industry with the ability to:
Apply small business development and entrepreneurship concepts to the creation or management of an adventure tourism venture.
Formalize operations processes in a sector that needs knowledgeable professionals to keep up with growth and demand.
Lead and facilitate safe and enjoyable adventure tourism experiences.
Communicate in a professional manner to relevant adventure tourism stakeholder groups.
Critically discuss the role of public land agencies and their policies and relationships with adventure tourism operators.
Be knowledgeable about the outdoor products industry.
Advance your career in the tourism industry
Tourism is one of the largest employers on the planet, and continues to experience steady growth. In its 2017 Global Economic Impact Report, the World Travel and Tourism Council reported that, "Over the next 10 years, the sector will support 23% of new jobs created."
If you're inspired by the outdoors and would like to align who you are with what you do, the tourism industry offers many options for advancement and career shifts. Through online coursework designed with input from industry experts, this certificate in travel and tourism will prepare you for management roles within these types of organizations:
Apply credits toward your Master of Tourism Management degree
The adventure tourism certificate offered online is a companion to the Master of Tourism Management (M.T.M.) degree. Three courses, up to six credits, earned through the certificate can be applied toward the degree as directed electives (NRRT 655 and any other two adventure tourism courses). View the certificate curriculum for more information. Credits can transfer into the master’s program (with a grade of B or better) after formal admission per University transfer policies. However, successful completion of the courses or certificate does not guarantee admission to the degree program.
This flexible, online graduate certificate offers eight-week accelerated courses that were designed with close input from tourism industry managers and operators. Learn to:
Make strategic management decisions.
Assess the impact of policy on tourism.
Improve managerial and operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Communicate professionally and effectively.
Critically examine the future of the industry.
The Graduate Certificate in Adventure Tourism requires the completion of six courses.
Up to three courses from this program may be applied to our online Master of Tourism Management degree, including NRRT 655 and any other two adventure tourism courses.
You must be admitted to this program for the certificate to appear on your official University transcript.
While it is not required, it is recommended that you contact us in advance of submitting application materials. Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.
Two letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic)
You will provide information about your recommenders in the online application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.
Statement of purpose
Your purpose for pursuing graduate education and how it will contribute to your long-term goals and career plans,
Why you have selected Colorado State University as the place to pursue your graduate studies, and
A description of teaching, research/creative, or other academic work you have engaged in relevant to the qualifications.
Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.
Choose "Adventure Tourism (Certificate) – Distance" when choosing the Program of Study. (Note: You must first select "Certificate" at the top.)
Request one official transcript from the institution where you earned your bachelor’s degree. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official.
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.
Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or firstname.lastname@example.org if the secure service requires an email address.
Mail (if necessary)
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062
Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.