Outdoor Recreation Business Administration

Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts: Outdoor Recreation Business Administration

If you’re looking for an exciting and rewarding career that combines your passion for the outdoors and a valuable skill set that allows you to manage outdoor rec-related businesses of all sizes, then our Outdoor Recreation Business Administration (ORBA) program may be perfect for you.

ORBA is an innovative program that has a broad four-season focus and an emphasis on business, with substantial coursework in outdoor recreation — including areas like snow sports, the river industry, adventure sports, hiking and camping, golf, and inland fishing.

A particular strength of ORBA is the required internship component, which provides you with valuable hands-on experience and a network of professional contacts.

In the ORBA program you will develop a broad range of business knowledge and skills, together with skills in writing, oral presentation, problem solving, decision-making, leadership, and team building. The program was developed with guidance from industry partners and leaders, so we are confident that it will provide you with the skills and knowledge that you will need to succeed in outdoor recreation.

UMF has a strong and longstanding connection to the active outdoor lifestyle, particularly in skiing and snowboarding. It is located in the foothills of Western Maine, an area rich in natural and scenic resources, including dozens of spectacular lakes, great hiking trails, beautiful and challenging ski slopes, and the best whitewater rafting and kayaking in the Northeast. We have a very active student-led Ski and Outing Club, and programming through the Fitness and Recreation Center get you out there.

What Courses Might You Take?

Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student – in every major – will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:

BUS 225 Retail Operations
BUS 240 Financial Management for Recreation Tourism
BUS 310 Human Resources Management
BUS 320 Consumer Behavior
BUS 360 Entrepreneurship
ECO 228 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Note: Through the New England Regional Student Program, this program qualifies for a tuition discount of nearly $4,900 for residents of CT and RI who are enrolled at UMF beginning in Fall 2014.