Create an Event Portfolio to Showcase Your Expertise

Event management planning is vital to the success of any event. Event management professionals are passionate about creating memorable events, working with varying clientele to plan and execute high quality, dynamic activities, and events.

Who Should Attend

Created by seasoned industry professionals, this program is intended for those interested in gaining the management skills to coordinate small to large-scale events including meetings, fundraising, conferences, festivals, corporate programs, weddings, reunions, sporting events and more!


Tuition $2,780
Format Classroom
Application Open Enrollment
Program Duration 9 -10 months

Program Details

Complete the requirements below to earn a professional certificate in Event Management. Learn more about certificate benefits and policies, here

  • Complete 5 required courses (8 units)
  • Attend 70% of scheduled classes, per course.
  • 50 hours of Internship
  • Complete all coursework with a final grade of 'C' or better
  • Certificate Fee $45

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of meeting, convention, and event planners is projected to grow 11% from 2016 to 2026. This is faster than the average for all occupations.

Expanding Job Markets

  • Locally, tourism and hospitality jobs are growing across the entire county, particularly along the coast. Areas with the greatest growth in job numbers include Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, San Diego and Chula Vista. 

Growing Industries - Seven tourism industries serve both local residents and tourists from outside of the county. 

  • Attractions - museums, parks, historical sites, zoos and amusement or theme parks
  • Accommodations and Lodging - hotels, motels, casino hotels, bed-and-breakfast, and more!
  • Food and Beverage Services - food service, contractors, caterers, restaurants, cafeterias and more!
  • Recreation and Entertainment - marinas, rental goods, sports teams, clubs, racetracks, casinos, golf courses and country clubs.
  • Transportation - scenic and sightseeing transportation and charter bus industry
  • Visitor and Travel Services - Gift, novelty and souvenir stores, travel agencies and reservation services.
  • Events and Conferences - convention, visitors bureaus and convention and trade show organizers.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners (2019).
  • 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 program is approved by the following third-party funding sources:

  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
  • ETPL
Students using third-party funding please contact Enrollment and Student Services, at continuinged@sandiego.eduor 619-260-4585 to begin the registration process. Please ensure to have your funding source details readily available.

Do courses need to be taken in sequence? 

Yes, students are encouraged to register in Event Overview and Planning, minimum 2 weeks prior to the course start. This course offered every term, and is 8 weeks in duration and will meet once a week.

Do I need a parking permit?

Students of Professional and Continuing Education are not required to purchase a parking permit, rather, students will be required to Pay-by-Plate. 

All paid parking areas at USD operate as pay-by-plate. This means that a license plate number is required when making a payment at the pay station. It may be helpful to take a picture of your license plate after you park your vehicle. Once you have made your payment, there is no need to display your receipt on your dashboard. Payment at all metered space locations above may also be made from your smart phone. Learn more about parking here.

What textbooks are required? 

Although most course materials are shared through our online learning platform Blackboard, the following books are required for the program:

Special Events: Creating and Sustaining a New World for Celebrationby Joe Goldblatt, available at or your local bookstore.

Off-Premise Catering Management by Chris Thomas available at or your local bookstore.

Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences by Nancy Duarte, available at or your local bookstore.

What is the purpose of internship?

The internship piece of the program is intended for participants to gain experiential knowledge by being exposed to varying environments of the event management industry. Students will gain academic credit for internship by earning a Pass or Fail grade. 

What forms are required to document my internship?

The following forms will need to be submitted to complete the internship requirement for the Event Management Certificate program. Learn more, here.

Internship Protocol
Internship Timesheet Form
Internship Verification Form
Student Internship Evaluation Form
Supervisor Evaluation of Intern Form
When are classes offered?

Courses are offered every 4 to 6 weeks and meet once a week at the University of San Diego. 

When should I pay for the certificate fee?

It is recommended to pay for your one- time certificate fee upon your first course.

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