Event Planning and Management

Program Type
Undergraduate Certificate
Undergraduate Certificate
Mode of Study
In Person

Tuition per credit hour

In-state: $297;
Out-of-state: $875. See details and other costs

Credit hours

12 required credit hours. Most courses are equal to 3 credit hours. Browse course list

Program duration

Finish in as little as 1 year. Explore program requirements


Rolling admissions. Begin program in fall, spring, or summer. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Elevate your career and bring knowledge to the planning, management, and promotion of meetings, sporting events, festivals, and other special events.
  • Make progress toward a degree: Apply course credits from your certificate toward a current or future USM bachelor’s degree.
  • Take advantage of our program schedule which is designed for working adults.
  • Learn from internationally recognized faculty with extensive experience in hospitality and sustainable tourism management.
  • Gain real-world experience by helping to plan, manage, and promote an actual event for a local organization.
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Program requirements

A Certificate in Event Planning and Management (CEPM) provides a comprehensive understanding of the event planning field. Our curriculum combines experiential learning with coursework, culminating in a final project planning an event for a real business.

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Internationally recognized faculty

Our faculty bring up-to-the-day knowledge and extensive experience into the classroom. They are regularly invited to present their work on sustainable tourism management at national and international conferences and publish in journals and books.

Next steps

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