Become an Event Planning Professional!

Whether you have to coordinate a small business meeting or a bigger event such as a wedding, conference, convention, or festival, your job as an event manager is to ensure that the purpose of the event is met proficiently and flawlessly. The University of San Diego's Event Management Certificate program provides the tools and comprehensive education in the essentials of event management from conception to evaluation.

Meet the Goals of Each of Your Events

Enroll in individual courses of your choice, and start in any semester to earn graduate level extension credits; or take all 6 courses within the program, submit a portfolio of the work you will complete throughout the program, and fulfill a minimum of 50 hours of internship work to receive the Certificate of Completion in Event Management. 


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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*Net Online, a partner of American Job Center Network, the projected growth for meeting, convention and event planners is much faster than average at 22% nationally, and 33% in California (2012-2022).

  • Employment in CA forecasted to add 3,234 positions through 2022
  • Employment in US forecasted to add 20,680 positions through 2022

Interested in learning more about a career in Event Management? Find statistics, qualifications, work environment, and more here! For FAQ and current job openings in the surrounding area, click here

  • Explore career opportunities within the event industry, while identifying which one of the industry’s pillars is right for you
  • Design concepts based on event’s goals and objectives
  • Describe and perform all phases of event coordination (research, design, planning, pre-production, on-site management, evaluation & post-event)
  • Recognize and determine solutions for potential conflicts and challenges that may arise before, during and after an event
  • Gain working knowledge of menu planning, pricing, food & beverage trends
  • Create a seasonal menu and present different styles of service and fun ideas
  • Apply best practices in budgeting, vetting, contracting and entertainment
  • Integrate AV into your projects for a better client experience
  • Identify specific potential risks associated with an event, and manage resources to mitigate those risks
  • Complete a portfolio that can be presented to potential employers

This certificate program is intended for people who are interested in becoming responsible for coordinating small to large-scale events including meetings, fundraisings, conferences, corporate programs, weddings, reunions, sporting events, etc; such as:

  • Current event professional at an entry level position
  • People who are new to the industry
  • Administrative and Executive Assistants
  • HR Generalists
  • Current event professionals looking to validate their experience with a certificate

Five courses are delivered in the Classroom format; the Internship is workplace activities within the event industry sector.

USD's Instructional team are experienced practitioners from the event management industry who provide a stimulating and participative learning environment for each course. The instructors have many years of combined experiences, tales from the trenches, actual case scenarios and expertise to share with all event management students. In addition, guest lectures working in the event industry are scheduled throughout the program.

Our highly-engaged courses are interactive using materials and activities from real events as well as group projects to provide you with a dynamic and thorough learning experience that will prepare you to enter or advance in this field. Enroll in individual courses of your choice, and start in any semester to earn graduate level extension credits or take all 6 courses within the program, submit a portfolio of the work you will complete throughout the program, and fulfill a minimum of 50 hours of internship work to receive the Certificate of Completion in Event Management. 

Complete the requirements below to earn a professional certificate in Event Management. The certificate can be completed in as little as nine months. Read Certificate Benefits and Policy.

  • Complete 5 courses (8 units)
  • Complete and present the capstone project (final assignment for the BUS-X839E: Risk Management and Capstone Project course)
  • Complete a minimum of 50 hours of internship work (BUS-X840E)
  • Attend 70% of scheduled classes 

Find out how this program can help you achieve the career and training needed for your professional growth. We offer two types of information sessions:

  1. On campus information session: we will meet 30 minutes prior to a class meeting to talk about the Event Management Program, followed by a complimentary first night class meeting or current student final project presentations.
  2. Online information session: the session will be presented as a webinar. We will spend the first couple of minutes providing you with information about the program followed by a Q&A session. This type of information session is great for people with busy schedules.

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Course # Core Courses Duration FA16 SP17 *Fee
BUS-X836E Event Overview and Planning (2 units) 8 weeks C: Sep 8 - Oct 27 C: Jan 31 - Mar 21 $725
BUS-X837E Event Coordination and Production (2 units) 8 weeks C: Nov 3 - Dec 22 C: Mar 28 - May 16 $725
BUS-X838E Catering: Food and Beverage Coordination (1 unit) 4 weeks - C: Jan 5 - Jan 26 $379
BUS-X835E Event Entretainment and Audio-Visual (1 unit) 4 weeks - C: Feb 2 - Feb 23 $379
BUS-X839E Risk Management and Capstone Project (2 units) 8 weeks - C: Mar 2 - Apr 20 $725
BUS-X840E Event Management Internship 50 hours Independent Study Independent Study $0
  One Time Certificate Fee       $45
  Total Certificate Cost (5 courses + certificate fee)       $2,978
C = Classroom; OFD = Online Fixed-Date; OSP = Online Self-Paced; IS = Independent Study Self-Paced

* Schedule and fees are subject to change

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