Master On Campus

Outdoor Adventure and Expedition Leadership

Southern Oregon University

24 months
7116 USD/year
7116 USD/year
5892 USD/year
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Outdoor Adventure and Expedition Leadership from Southern Oregon University is designed to meet the needs of outdoor adventure leaders and educators in the regional, national, and international communities. 


Outdoor Adventure and Expedition Leadership from Southern Oregon University targets outdoor educators and adventure leaders seeking a high-level graduate program with a strong foundation in theory and experiential learning, and equips students with the interdisciplinary skills required to grasp and develop new concepts, technologies, methods and trends in the outdoor adventure leadership field. 

The MOAEL will provide outdoor adventure leaders with the experience, knowledge and tools needed to advance into leadership roles and shape the future of this dynamic field. Above all, students will grasp and embody the concept of the “explorer” mindset: being determined, resilient and inquisitive to meet the demands of an uncertain, complex and ambiguous world


  • Recreation Leader or Superintendent
  • Recreation Specialist or Supervisor
  • Recreation Programmer
  • Grade School Outdoor Program Coordinator
  • Special Events Planner
  • Survival Instructor
  • Military Recreation Director
  • Director of Parks and Recreation
  • Outdoor Retail Manager
  • Adventure Photographer and Writer
  • Recreation Center Director
  • Natural Resources Manager
  • Correctional Recreation Director
  • Community Recreation/Recreational Sports Director
  • Wilderness Therapy Director
  • Leisure and Fitness Director for the Elderly
  • Wilderness Expedition Director
  • Rafting/Mountaineering/Ski Guide
  • Adventure Travel and Tour Director
  • Resort, Hotel, Motel Manager
  • Camp Director

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Reading and Conference
  • Outdoor Survival 
  • Outdoor Adventure Literature 
  • Adventure Writing and Photography
  • Minimal Impact Adventuring 
  • Adventure Skills Facilitation
  • Environmental Physiology 
  • Experiential Leadership Development
  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician Level 
  • Technical Rope Rescue 
  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced 
  • Avalanche 
  • Outdoor Pursuits Field Experience 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


51 alternative credits



On Campus

Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited institution
  • Official copy of academic transcripts and minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) on last 90 credits;
  • Three letters of recommendation that specifically evaluate academic and/or professional skills and abilities to pursue graduate studies in the adventure programing discipline;
  • Personal statement (1000 words maximum) describing the nature of the student’s interest in OAEL, their teaching and guiding philosophy, academic and work objectives, and how the Master in OAEL will help the student fulfill those interests and objectives. 
  • Submission of copies of all professional, state, national, and international certifications and certificates
  • Submit official transcripts from your prior universities, including an English-language version.
  • English Proficiency exam 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7116 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3558 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    7116 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3558 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    5892 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2946 USD per semester during 24 months.


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