We recognize that professional development is an ongoing journey and that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for modern workers in a dynamic job market. The Outdoor Recreation Economy program is designed with these factors in mind. 

You may take individual credit courses within the Outdoor Recreation Economy Program as a nondegree student, which means you need not be enrolled in a master’s or certificate program.

This option may be a great fit for you if you:

  • want to gain knowledge in a specific topic;
  • wish to customize your education to fit your particular interests and needs;
  • want to sample the program before committing to the degree or a certificate; or
  • missed the application deadline for the master’s program, but want to start classes as soon as possible.

You may take any asynchronous subject course offered in the program as a nondegree student. The synchronous project courses are only available to degree or certificate students. Each course is 7 weeks long.

You have the option to apply your coursework towards completing a full certificate or the Master of Science in Outdoor Recreation Economy. You may apply up to 20 credit hours from your coursework taken as a nondegree or certificate student toward the Master’s program. You must be admitted into the degree program before completing further coursework if you wish your 20 credits to count toward the degree, so please plan accordingly. Email us at oreinfo@colorado.edu to discuss your plans and timelines.

online coursework

Career-relevant coursework for professional advancement

100% Online

Flexible courses to fit your schedule


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Program courses explore four central areas of the outdoor recreation economy and how they intersect.

Not all courses are offered every term. Visit CU Boulder Class Search or contact us for more information about scheduling.