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Your First Choice in Event Management Education

The Event Management Certificate Program is one of the most comprehensive professional development programs of its type in the world. It offers one-of-a-kind education designed for beginning to experienced event managers. This program ensures that all of our students are well prepared for the changes occurring within this complex and competitive industry.

Whether you are seeking a solid foundation in the event management discipline or specialized event management skills, you'll find what you need in the University of San Diego’s Event Management Program.

The program's six courses provide a comprehensive education in the essentials of event management from conception to evaluation and are delivered in a hands-on workshop environment using supplemental materials from actual events as well as group projects to provide you with a dynamic learning experience.

Join the dynamic event industry by registering for a course today!
Why enroll in a certificate program?

Learner Outcomes

  • Learn how to build profitable events and generate revenue from events
  • Build budgets and manage financial issues
  • Assess risk and comply to regulations
  • Create and design small and large scale events
  • Manage events using project management fundamentals

Who Should Attend

  • Professionals that have the responsibility of coordinating small events to large scale events such as meetings, conventions, conferences, corporate and social programs, reunions, sporting, or other types of events.
  • Whether an administrative assistant or entrepreneur, if you are required to plan and coordinate an event, this course of instruction will be useful to you today and potentially expand your career opportunities in the future.
  • Those who require event management continuing education to obtain an entry-level position or to seek professional promotion.
  • Those who are considering a career change and desire a comprehensive introduction to the field of event management to assist with future employment opportunities.

Course Format



Experienced practitioners from the event industry provide a stimulating and participative learning environment. Your instructors in the certificate program are:

  • Highly-regarded practitioners from various facets of the event industry
  • Renown practitioners who are leaders in the event management industry to include: social, corporate, nonprofit, association, sport, and festival industry segments



Enroll in individual courses, or complete all 6 courses to earn a professional certificate. Courses are 12.5 (1 unit) through 25 instructional hours (2 units), scheduled in 4 - 8 class meetings of 3 hours and 10 minutes each class and can be completed in one month. The entire certificate program can be completed in two semesters.

  Core Courses 
Minimum Required:  6  Course(s)
    BUS-X823E   Getting the Business: Event Sales, Business Development, Marketing and Social Media
    BUS-X824E   Understanding the Event Industry: Corporate, Wedding/Social, Nonprofit, Festivals, Sports and Associations
    BUS-X825E   Event Concept, Creation, and Design
    BUS-X826E   Event Coordination, Entertainment, AV and Production
    BUS-X827E   Branding You in the Event Industry
    BUS-X803E   Risk Management
  Elective Course 
Minimum Required:  0  Course(s)
    BUS-X829E   Project Management Fundamentals for Event Professionals
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