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One of the only programs of its kind in the nation.

Power up your ski degree.

This online degree completion program is designed for individuals that are working in the ski industry who wish to advance into management positions within the resort, mountain, retail or equipment sectors. Ideal for those that have already earned an AAS degree in a ski-related area to transfer.

The Program

For over 30 years, Northern Michigan University has offered the ski area business management degree completion program. Now, students from anywhere with an A.A.S. degree related to the ski industry can be considered for admission to our newly launched online bachelor’s degree-completion program.  Graduates of the program are placed at resorts and with suppliers and retailers nationwide as ski, lift, business, service and retail operations managers.


Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Technical Ski Core  
AAS in ski-related area from GCC or CMC 36
Business Core (seven-week courses) 32
ACT 230 Principals of Accounting I 4
ACT 240 Principals of Accounting II 4
FIN 351 Financial Management I 4
MGT 221 Business Law I: Legal Environment of Business 4
MGT 240 Organizational Behavior and Management 4
MGT 325 Operations Management 4
MGT 344 Managerial Communication 4
MKT 230 Introduction to Marketing 4
Choose from the following:  
MGT 326 Deterministic Models in Business 4
MGT 327 Random Models in Business 2
MGT 341 Event Planning 2
MGT 342 Event Management 4
MGT 343 Human Resource Management 4
MGT 436 Strategic Management 4
EC 201  Microeconomics 4
EC 202 Macroeconomics 4
MA 109 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 4
MA 113 Finite Mathematics 4
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychological Science 4
SO 101 Introductory Sociology [OR] 
             SO 113 Social Problems
General Education 30-40


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How to Complete the Program

Due to course sequencing and prerequisite course work for admission to the NMU College of Business, this program may take more than four academic years to complete. To finish the program in a timely manner, students are encouraged to be in close contact with the Global Campus or College of Business and select one of these two options to finish the degree:

1. Complete a ski-related Associate of Applied Science degree from Gogebic Community College or Colorado Mountain College before transferring to NMU. 
    - Ski Area Management (GCC)
    - Ski Operations (CMC)
    - Ski and Snowboard Business (CMC)

2. Attend online with NMU for one year, transfer to Gogebic Community College or Colorado Mountain College for two years to complete an AAS skid degree, and transfer back to NMU for your final year online to complete your bachelor's degree.

Students enrolled in the online program are required to complete one low-residency (one week) course on campus.

We do what we do because of the mountain. Become a leader and part of the future of the ski industry. 

Contact Information

Global Campus Main Office (906) 227-1200