M.S. Outdoor Program Management

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Why get your master's degree in outdoor program management at JBU?

We live in an age where camps are consolidating into larger organizations, and outdoor pursuits are being rediscovered as platforms to enhance education, host corporate training, and practice therapeutic treatment. This creates a need for professionals who know how to run an outdoor organization and can bridge the gap between leadership skills, organizational success, and the outdoor industry. JBU's M.S. in outdoor program management will equip you with the skills needed to propel your outdoor career.

Study in the Natural State

Home to the Buffalo River, the Ozark Mountains, and dozens of parks and camps, Northwest Arkansas is a practical and beautiful place to study Outdoor Program Management.

Interactive classes

Classes in this program balance theory and application, so you'll be able to apply theory into real-world situations. 

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Sharpen leadership skills

You'll be equipped to to lead teams and organizations through complex changes in the outdoor industry.

What to expect as an outdoor program management graduate student at JBU


Learn to lead and manage

At JBU, you'll not only learn how to use outdoor pursuits to lead a team but also how to manage and lead people in outdoor environments. You'll be prepared to work for jobs such as an executive director for a summer camp or site manager within the outdoor industry.


New Life Ranch partnership

A partnership with nearby New Life Ranch allows for students to have an apprenticeship while also studying hands-on material at JBU. 


Work in a growing industry

The outdoor industry continues to grow. Because of this, camps are facing staffing shortages. This creates a large number of opportunities for new graduates. 

Featured Faculty

Dr. Greg Robinson | Associate Professor of Outdoor Leadership Ministries

Dr. Robinson's professional career has concentrated in the areas of experiential learning, team development, leadership development, facilitation and consulting with organizational change efforts. He is the author of A Leadership Paradox: Influencing Others by Defining YourselfTeams for a New Generation: A Facilitator’s Field Guide; Adventure and the Way of Jesus, Lessons of the Way: Using experiential activities to explore the way of Jesus; and Leading from Where You Are: How Every Person Can Help or Hinder a Collaborative Culture.


Next steps

Choosing a graduate program is a big deal, and our staff and faculty are committed to making this process easy for you.


Our admissions team is here to navigate the application process, so you have all the information to be confident in your decision.

Financial aid

You deserve a transparent, helpful financial aid experience. We'll work with you to ensure you're taking advantage of all of your financial aid opportunities.

Start classes

Most JBU graduate classes happen in 8-week blocks (counseling and education have some 16-week classes). Online and face-to-face class options provide flexibility for your busy schedule. Talk to an admissions counselor for more details on classes in your program.