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Completing the Meetings and Events Management Certificate

The Meetings and Events Management Certificate (MEMC) may be pursued in combination with a bachelor’s degree. It will be open to all Penn State students in residence, regardless of major. The certificate will be awarded upon completion of 15 credits, including 9 core course credits and 6 additional supplemental credits in HM and/or RPTM. Students enrolled in this program must obtain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 for the 15 credits to be awarded the MEMC upon graduation.

Both HM and RPTM students should meet with their academic advisors prior to enrolling in the MEMC to determine how the courses can be counted towards their degree requirements. Students pursuing degrees other than HM or RPTM should consult with their academic advisor, to determine which of the required or supplemental courses for the MEMC can be counted towards their degree requirements.

Core Courses

The MEMC requires three core courses (9 credits):

HM 384 — Intro Meeting and Event Management (3 credits)

RPTM 395 — Experiential Learning in Meeting and Event Management (3 credits)
- OR -
HM495 — Internship in Meeting and Event Management (3 credits)

HM 485 — Advanced Meeting and Event Management (3 credits)
- OR -
RPTM 456 — Programming in Recreation and Parks (3 credits)*

Pre-requisite: HM 384 — Meetings and Events

Supplemental Courses

The MEMC requires two supplemental courses (6 credits) listed below that were not taken as part of the core nine credit requirements:

HM 201 — Intro to Management in the Hospitality Industry
HM 271 — Intro to Hospitality Technology
HM 442 — Hospitality Marketing
HM 455 — Convention Management
HM 484 — Hospitality Entrepreneurship
HM 485 — Advanced Meeting and Event Management*
HM 497C — Social Media Marketing
RPTM 300Y — Tourism and Leisure Behavior
RPTM 334 — Nonprofit Recreation Agency Operations
RPTM 370 — Intro to Arena Management
RPTM 410 — Marketing of Recreation Services
RPTM 415 — Commercial Recreation Management
RPTM 456 — Programming in Rec and Parks*
RPTM 497 — Advanced Arena Management

Contacts

Speak to an adviser to find out more about the Meetings and Events Management Certificate (MEMC) program.

Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management (RPTM) Students

Kristin Thomas
Instructor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management
MEMC Faculty Coordinator
814-863-9776
klt16@psu.edu

Hospitality Management (HM) Students

David Rachau
Pre-Major Academic Adviser
Hospitality Management
814-865-7033
dqr5@psu.edu

Jeff Heim
Senior Instructor of Hospitality Management
Academic Adviser
Hospitality Management
814-865-7990
jvh4@psu.edu

Other Penn State Students

All other students may contact and work through advisers in either Hospitality Management or Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management to review which pathway may best align with academic and career goals. Students must also work with their own academic adviser from their home college or department to determine if courses satisfy degree program requirements.