Meeting and Event Management, Certificate

Program Code: MEMC_UCT

Program Description

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.

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Program Requirements

To earn an undergraduate certificate in Meeting and Event Management, a minimum of 15 credits is required.

Required Courses
HM 384Introduction to Meeting and Event Management3
RPTM 3563
or HM 485 Advanced Meeting and Event Management
RPTM 3953
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Introduction to Management in the Hospitality Industry
Hospitality Information Technology Fundamentals
Hospitality Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Hospitality Marketing
HM 455
Advanced Meeting and Event Management
Tourism and Leisure Behavior
Non-profit Recreation Agency Operations
Introduction to Arena Management
RPTM 356
Marketing of Recreation Services
Commercial Recreation Management

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Kristin Thomas
Instructor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management
801 Ford Building  
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-9776
klt16@psu.edu

David Rachau
Academic Adviser
212 Mateer Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-7033
dqr5@psu.edu

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, PARK, AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT
801 Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-1851
RPTMinfo@psu.edu

https://hhd.psu.edu/rptm/contact

SCHOOL OF HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT
201 Mateer Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-1853
pennstateshm@psu.edu

https://hhd.psu.edu/shm