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Event Management Graduate Schools and Colleges: How to Choose

Graduate programs in event management most commonly award graduates with a master's degree or graduate certificate in the subject. Students can locate these programs through the graduate and continuing education departments of 4-year universities.

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Graduate programs in event management are designed for current meeting professionals and those considering a career in the field, therefore, certificate programs tend to be shorter in length and less intensive, and some programs offer additional flexibility through online and evening courses and specialized concentrations. Students may also want to look for programs that prepare them for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential offered by the Convention Industry Council.

10 Schools with Event Management Graduate Programs

There are schools all over the country with applicable programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered* Tuition (2015-2016)**
Florida International University Miami, Florida 4-year, Public Master's, doctorate In-state tuition $8,912; Out-of-state tuition $21,393
Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona 4-year, Public Certificate In-state tuition $10,610; Out-of-state tuition $22,580
University of San Diego San Diego, California 4-year, Private not-for-profit Certificate $24,840
New York University New York, New York 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's, certificate $38,592
Johnson & Wales University Providence, Rhode Island 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's $11,394
George Washington University Washington, District of Columbia 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's, certificate $27,810
Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida 4-year, Public Certificate In-state tuition $9,684; Out-of-state tuition $24,116
University of North Texas Denton, Texas 4-year, Public Master's, certificate In-state tuition $5,450; Out-of-state tuition $12,470
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's, doctorate, certificate In-state tuition $6,916; Out-of-state tuition $25,759

Sources: *School websites, **National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students interested in event management graduate programs may want to keep these additional considerations in mind:

  • Both graduate certificate and master's degree programs require applicants to have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, and some programs require prior work experience.
  • Students may benefit from programs that incorporate interactions with established professionals, such as internships, residencies, networking events, and seminars.
  • Students who earn a master's degree or graduate certificate in event management find jobs in a broad range of career options; because of this, individuals may take advantage of programs that provide career services.

Graduate Certificate in Event Management

Professional or graduate certificate programs in event management often are offered through continuing education departments. Certificates available include a Graduate Certificate in Hospitality Management, a Special Event Management Certificate and a Certificate in Meeting, Conference and Event Management. Courses in these programs can vary depending on the concentration, but topics commonly covered include marketing, ethics, finance, computer applications and business.

Master's Degree in Event Management

Graduate degree programs in event management are often part of a tourism degree program, such as the Master of Tourism Administration with an event and meeting management concentration, or a Master of Science in Recreation with a concentration in international tourism. These event management programs prepare students for entry-level or mid-level careers, and they may require completion of a thesis.

Graduate programs can prepare students for a number of employment roles. That said, students should consider if their chosen school has a career services program and avenues to network.

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