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Event Management

Degree Type: Certificate
College(s): College of Business

Why Choose Event Management Certificate?

The Event Management certificate is designed to provide meeting and event planning professionals, as well as those entering the hospitality field, with the skills and foundation of knowledge needed to excel in this multi-billion dollar industry. This certificate offers specialization in the areas of meeting and event planning, special event management, budgets and finance, event protocol, fundraising standards and non-profit restrictions, site selection, contracts, vendors, negotiations, marketing and promotions, food & beverage management, and meeting technology.  Throughout their studies students will have the opportunity to earn the AHLEI Convention Management and Service certification, as part of the required courses.

Event management leads to career opportunities such as:  conference manager, wedding planner, special events coordinator, cruise event director, trade show/ exhibit director, and meeting planner for profit or nonprofit organizations.

Undergraduate Certificate Programs' Admission Criteria

Any person admitted to a Ferris State University degree program may enroll in courses for undergraduate College of Business (COB) certificates. No more than 50% of the credits in a certificate may be transferred from another institution. If a student is in a FSU degree-seeking program, the certificate will not be granted if more than 50% of the certificate credits are required in the program/major. The certificate will be granted upon completion with an average GPA of 2.0 or higher in the courses designated for the certificate.

Individuals wanting to advance their career, but not admitted to an FSU degree program, may also earn undergraduate COB certificates.

Admission process for individuals seeking only a certificate: 

  • Unless it is determined by the COB Dean’s Office that regular program admission criteria should be met in order to complete the certificate successfully and be a contributing member of the course, applicants need only show proof of a 2.35 high school GPA. An advisor will be assigned by the College of Business in the certificate program.
  • Students wishing to pursue a bachelor or associate’s degree must meet the admission criteria for the program. This criteria review is initiated when the “Program Change Form” request is processed through the COB Dean’s Office.

Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office. 

Graduation Requirements

A Ferris student will receive this certificate after completion of the requirements for the certificate with a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the certificate courses.

No more than 50% of the credits required for this certificate may be transferred from another institution, nor, will this certificate be granted if more than 6 of the certificate credits are specifically required in the student's major.

More Information

For more information, contact:

Hospitality Management Program
West Commons 106
1319 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2382
Email: 

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Banquet Management
3
Convention Sales and Service
3
Event Management I
3
Event Management II
3
Minimum credit hours required:
12