Ski Area Business Management

SkierThe ski area business management program is a joint program between Northern Michigan University and Gogebic Community College (GCC) in Ironwood, Michigan. At GCC, students learn the technical skills necessary to manage ski areas or functional areas in ski area operations and earn an associate degree. At NMU, students gain comprehensive knowledge of accounting, finance, management, marketing and computer information systems. The NMU portion of the program can be completed online* or on campus in Marquette.

Due to course sequencing and prerequisite course work for admission to the NMU College of Business, this program can take more than four academic years to complete. To finish the program in a timely manner, students should select one of two options: (1) Attend GCC for two years, complete an associate degree in ski area management, and then transfer to NMU or NMU's Global Campus to complete the bachelor's degree; or (2) Attend NMU for one year, transfer to GCC for two years, complete an associate degree in ski area management, and transfer to NMU or NMU's Global Campus to complete the bachelor's degree.

*Students enrolled in the NMU Global Campus B.S. in Ski Area Management Program are required to complete one low-residency (one week) course on campus.

What can I do with a business degree in ski area business management?

Ski resorts are large operations that require a large workforce. Careers for ski area business management majors could be ski operations manager, business operations manager, service and retail management, as well as lift operations supervisor.

Why study ski area business management at NMU?

  • One of only a very few specialized programs in the United States
  • Hands-on experiential learning activities.
  • Great internship opportunities.


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