Athletic & Outdoor Industry

Degree Details


DEGREE TYPECertificate
LOCATION100% Online



Gain the expertise, experience and connections to race ahead in the athletic and outdoor industry.

Portland is one of the athletic and outdoor industry’s most dynamic hubs—and Portland State University ranks among the industry’s most dynamic sources of talent.

Our online Athletic and Outdoor Industry Graduate Certificate puts you on the fast track to a career in this exciting sector. Designed and led by seasoned pros from Nike, Columbia Sportswear, adidas, Keen, Yakima and other Portland-based corporations, the program has a 100 percent job-placement rate.

This online program attracts participants from across the United States and around the world. Whether you’re just entering the workforce, changing careers, or looking for a specialized edge that equips you to advance into leadership roles, you can’t get better professional training than PSU offers in the online Athletic and Outdoor Industry certificate program.

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  • Superior instructors. You’ll take online courses from athletic and outdoor industry leaders who have years of experience. In addition, you’ll get to interact with entrepreneurs and risk-takers who developed innovative products, established new markets, built iconic brands and otherwise moved the industry forward.
  • Access to jobs. Athletic and outdoor employers recruit PSU graduates aggressively. Hundreds of our alumni work in the industry, and they have a long track record of high-impact achievements. The Athletic and Outdoor Industry certificate program has a perfect job-placement record—every graduate who’s sought work in the industry has found a job.
  • Industry-specific expertise. You’ll learn the tools and techniques that drive the outdoor and athletic industry, with coursework in sales, management, sourcing, logistics, analytics, global competition and more.
  • Strategic outlook. PSU graduates stand out in the job market (and the workplace) for their big-picture perspective. You’ll have a feel for the outdoor and athletic industry’s ever-changing dynamics, and an ability to keep ahead of trends and set new directions.
  • Accessibility and convenience. The program’s online format allows you to participate from anywhere in the country or the world—even if you’re working full-time. Our interactive digital course platform simulates the camaraderie of an on-campus classroom, enabling you to collaborate with peers and form relationships with faculty.
  • Institutional excellence. The Athletic and Outdoor Industry graduate certificate is offered by PSU’s nationally ranked School of Business. Bloomberg Businessweek, US News & World Report, Business Insider and other outlets have included PSU on various “best of” lists. In addition, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has awarded PSU elite dual-accreditation in business and accounting, a distinction shared by only 5 percent of the world’s business schools.

Athletic and Outdoor Industry Courses and Curriculum

The online Athletic and Outdoor Industry Graduate Certificate consists of four core courses plus an elective. The core courses are:

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  • Selling & Sales Leadership (MKTG 514)
  • Managerial Analytics (ISQA 519)
  • Competitive Dynamics in the A&O Industry (MKTG 536)
  • Product Management in the A&O Industry (MKTG 537)

Electives for the online program include:

  • Principles of Strategic Global Sourcing (GSCM 511)
  • Principles of Strategic Global Logistics (GSCM 513)

Financial Aid

Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid.


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

For more information visit the Athletic and Outdoor Industry Graduate Certificate website.


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