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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.

Tremendous career opportunities
Meeting and event planner 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.

Nate Harner
“I am learning a lot from the classes and the internship, but what really stuck out is how applicable this training has been when applying for jobs. Employers are impressed with the training the certificate provides to students like me.”
Nate Harner, RPTM student


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

Hospitality Management (HM) Students

David Rachau
Pre-Major Academic Adviser
Hospitality Management

Jeff Heim
Senior Instructor of Hospitality Management
Academic Adviser
Hospitality Management

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.