2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Event Management Graduate Certificate ►

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College: Hospitality Management Degree: CRT
Department: Dean’s Office
Program Websites: http://www.hospitality.ucf.edu/

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Event Management provides knowledge and information that facilitates the effective organization and management of events in the public, private and third sector contexts.

The certificate covers the administration of events (i.e., promotion, budgeting, marketing, production, legal issues, customer service, ticketing and concession), the selling and marketing of conventions and conferences, and the organization and administration of mega-events. Events are such an integral component of many industries today that although with a strong focus on tourism and hospitality, the certificate incorporates a number of perspectives with event legacies being a particularly pertinent issue for all coursework.

Students learn to synthesize theory and application at the graduate level in order to produce the knowledge base necessary to fully utilize available techniques and strategies for the effective organization, marketing, and management of events, conventions, and conferences. Students successfully completing this certificate may already be in event management positions or seeking such roles in the public, private or third sectors.

Please note: Event Management Graduate Certificate may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.

UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.


The Event Management Graduate Certificate is comprised of three required three-credit courses, nine credits in total.

Total Credit Hours Required: 9 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Required Courses: 9 Credit Hours

There is no specific course sequence in that a number of sections of each course are offered every year with students able to commence in the Fall, Spring or Summer semester

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Materials received after the established deadline may not be considered. Admission to this certificate is competitive; applicants meeting the minimum application requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

In addition to to the above application requirements, all applicants to this certificate program will be required to submit: 

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Goal statement (this is your opportunity to outline in 500 words why you wish to join the program, what you think you will contribute to the program, and how you feel the program will enhance you both personally and professionally)
  • Résumé.
  • The GRE/GMAT is not required, however, the Admissions Committee may ask for the GRE/GMAT to strengthen a candidate’s application package.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

These documents must be attached to the application. The goal statement should address the applicant’s interest in pursuing the certificate program and fully discuss any experience that he or she has had in the field. A minimum of 2 years of full-time post-undergraduate work experience is required for admission.

Application Deadlines

Event Management Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants   Jul 1 Dec 1 Apr 1
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

David Kwun PhD
Associate Professor
Master’s Program Director                                                                                                         
Telephone: 407-903-8190
RCHM 277

Kathy Henry MPA
Assistant Director, Graduate Programs
Telephone: 407-903-8024
RCHM 102

Graduate Admissions

Mike Burke
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230  
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL  32816-0112

Institution Codes

GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

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