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Event Management

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

Why Choose the Event Management Minor?

The Event Management minor is designed to provide students with a combination of hands-on skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the multi-billion dollar event management industry.  Courses in this minor are designed to cover topics within the three most widely recognized event industry certification exams.

Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP)

Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)

Certified Professional Catering Executive (CPCE)

This minor requires a 400 hour internship, and 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 in this minor, students will have the opportunity to earn the Convention Management and Service certificate, a nationally recognized certification through the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), 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 and nonprofit organizations.  This minor can complement virtually any bachelor degree program.

Admission Requirements

Any person who is admitted to a Ferris State University Bachelor's degree program is welcome to seek the attainment of this minor in addition to their major.

Graduation Requirements

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

No more than 50% of the credits required for this minor may be transferred from another institution.  A maximum of one third of the credits, but not more than 7 credits in a minor, may overlap with the student's major.

More Information

Hospitality Management Program
1319 Cramer Circle/WCO 106
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: (231)591-2382
Email: 



Required Courses
Credit Hours
Banquet Management
3
Convention Sales and Service
3
HSMG Internship II
1 TO 3
Event Management I
3
Event Management II
3
Directed Business Elective (program approval)
3
Minimum credit hours required:
18
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