At which campus can I study this program?
Requirements for an undergraduate certificate may be completed at any campus location offering the specified courses for the certificate.
We are proposing to supplement the bachelor's degree programs in HM and RPTM with the MEMC. This Certificate will build on HM's and RPTM's core strengths, including their strategic teaching and service/outreach initiatives. Through coursework and experiential learning opportunities, students will be provided opportunities for engaged scholarship within the Commonwealth, across the United States, and in International contexts. This additional credential can help differentiate our graduates in the competitive job market across tourism and hospitality. Likewise the opportunity to expose more Penn State students to either of our fields through the certificate can enhance our diversity of students and awareness of our professional education programs.
The MEMC is intended to complement the professional certification programs offered by organizations such as Meeting Professionals International or the Professional Convention Management Association. It is designed for students interested in the academic and experiential components of the events and meeting industry. Emphasis is on engaging students in the industry prior to graduation and developing the management competencies necessary for success in the industry.
To obtain the Certificate students will be required to complete 9 core credits, including a 3 credit internship experience, and 6 supplemental credits in HM and/or RPTM for a total of 15 credits. Graduates will be competitive for positions as managers and planners in a variety of public, nonprofit and private businesses/agencies. The certificate credential delivery model for the Meeting and Events Management Certificate was selected over identifying a Meeting and Events Management minor so as to attract professionals, alumni, and others who are working in or or are interested in gaining credentials in the field of meeting and events management but who may not be enrolled in an undergraduate program at Penn State.
To earn an undergraduate certificate in Meeting and Event Management, a minimum of 15 credits is required.
|HM 384||Introduction to Meeting and Event Planning||3|
|or HM 485||Advanced Meeting and Event Planning|
|RPTM 395||**SPECIAL TOPICS**||3|
|Select 6 credits from the following:||6|
|Introduction to Management in the Hospitality Industry|
|Introduction to Hospitality Technology|
|Advanced Meeting and Event Planning|
|Tourism and Leisure Behavior|
|Non-profit Recreation Agency Operations|
or RPTM 370
|Introduction to Arena Management|
|Marketing of Recreation Services|
|Commercial Recreation Management|
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