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Advanced meeting and event management students site visit for a their upcoming event.
Advanced meeting and event management students on a site visit for their upcoming event.

The Undergraduate meeting and event Management certificate (MEMC) is co-sponsored by the School of Hospitality Management (HM) and the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management (RPTM).  The MEMC is designed to prepare students to embody the skills and concepts necessary to be effective leaders in meeting and event management.  

Prepare for a field with few boundaries with the Meetings and Events Management Certificate

With excellent career opportunities in business meetings, conventions, sports tournaments, live festivals, community events or more, students who pursue the Meetings and Events Management Certificate (MEMC) develop transferable skills including strategic management, event and experience design, production, and risk management.

Industry with a Future

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014), the job outlook for meeting, convention and event planners is expected to grow 33% by 2022. The entry level education requirement for planners is a bachelor’s degree, particularly in hospitality and tourism management.

Temendous career opportunities
Meeting and event industry jobs regularly rank among the fastest-growing careers and recently ranked 12th on the U.S. News and World Report magazine's "Best Business Jobs."

MEMC is open to all Penn State students, compliments a number of majors

The MEMC program is open to all Penn State students in residence regardless of major. It is an excellent complement for majors such as public relations, communications, community development and other majors in which events and meetings are integral to the professional strategy.


Advance Meeting and Events Course, HM 485- student videos icon-olus-circle

The course project for fall 2020 were five virtual events.  Each student team worked with a client to plan and produce a virtual event that would meet their clients' goals.  Here are the teams' post-event wrap-up videos and advice to future students of the course.

Bellefonte Art Museum- 20s Making and Mimosas

CC United Way Event- Football Fan Favorites

Centre Helps Event- Walking into Wellness

One Dog at a Time 7th Birthday Bash

Student Farm at Penn State- Virtual Harvest Festival

Required Courses icon-olus-circle

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) 
  • HM495- Internship in Meeting and Event Management (3 credits)
  • HM 485—Advanced Meeting and Event Management (3 credits)* 
  • RPTM 456—Programming in Recreation and Parks (3 credits)*
    Pre-requisite: HM 384—Meetings and Events
Electives icon-olus-circle

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

*NOTE: Students may take both courses with the second fulfilling part of the Supplemental Certificate requirements.

Academic Advisors, School of Hospitality Management
David Rachau | | (814) 865-7033
Jeff Heim | jvh4@psu.eud | (814) 865-7990