The Graduate Certificate in Adventure Tourism provides students with the theoretical, managerial, and entrepreneurial, knowledge and skills required for successfully developing and managing land, water, and air-based adventure tourism ventures. It is uniquely positioned within one of the most comprehensive natural resource colleges in the world and delivered by The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR), which has 90+ years of educating and collaborating with diverse publics and practitioners in natural resource tourism. HDNR has the most extensive natural resource tourism program in Colorado, with a UNWTO affiliate program – Master of Tourism Management, an Online Graduate Certificate in Ski Area Management, and an undergraduate degree with concentrations in global and natural resource tourism.

– Do well, by doing good.
Adventure, Ethical, Passionate, Transformational, Cultural, Active, Enterprising


The adventure tourism graduate certificate is only offered online through Colorado State University Online. Each course is delivered via a sophisticated, online interactive learning platform which includes narrated presentations, discussion groups, and a range of multi-media content, including video interviews and discussions with industry experts. The courses are set up to encourage student interaction and engagement that will aid in building a network to last a lifetime.


Faculty for the adventure tourism graduate certificate have both academic knowledge and real world experience within the adventure tourism industry. Additionally, they have worked closely with industry experts to develop much of the content for each course. As such, students have the opportunity to learn directly from impassioned faculty who tailor the learning experience to reflect a breadth of academic knowledge and direct input from industry executives and trade professionals.


This program consists of six graduate-level courses that can be completed at a pace that matches your life and vocation. Each course is an eight-week accelerated program of study focused specifically on key areas of knowledge for successful entrepreneurship and advancement within the adventure tourism industry. This includes a focus on sustainable practices, cross-cultural understandings, strategic management, communication, marketing, leadership and facilitation, policy and planning, and the outdoor product industry.


This graduate certificate is designed to address a stated need within the industry for graduate-level education focused specifically on business management, entrepreneurship, and development. With 67% of 2014 adventure tourism businesses reporting substantial revenue growth and a projection of up to 10% of the 2020 US GDP, the time has never been better for a career in adventure tourism.

Gain a Master of Tourism Management with your Adventure Tourism Graduate Certificate!

The Adventure Tourism Graduate Certificate can also be incorporated into the Masters of Tourism Management curriculum through approved electives.