Event Management


Program Information:

Program Statement:
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Degrees Offered:
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Online Master of Science (M.S.)
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • create meeting and event plans based on research and analysis, trends, goals and objectives, larger organizational plans and financial resources; work within economic and social realities; and work within unique conditions in highly complex and unpredictable environments.
  • analyze event and meeting risks and develop comprehensive risk management and event management response plans to cover unpredictable and complex situations.
  • design and build a range of revenue streams and manage financial processes and pricing.
  • create and monitor human resource plans to achieve event and organizational goals, build teams, and develop training and development plans for staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders.
  • design program components and delivery formats and determine functional requirements.
  • manage meeting and event site(s) by completing site inspections and selecting the best option(s); create site layouts/floor plans; develop the logistics plan; monitor the set-up, take-down and running of the event; and establish onsite communication protocol.
  • integrate multidisciplinary social science theories to explain current event management challenges and opportunities.
  • engage in critical thinking, accept new models/paradigms, examine similarities and analogies, and recognize new priorities in the event management domain.
  • understand the ethical, legal, societal, and economic concerns of event management.
  • visualize, interpret, and communicate event management concepts to a variety of stakeholders.
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 1.8 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Dr. Joan Su
Phone: 515-294-5785
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    Event Management Graduate Program
    2302 Osborn Drive
    31 MacKay Hall
    Ames, IA 50011

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements:
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Copy of transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency (if applicable)
  • Program Requires GRE: No
  • Program Requires GMAT: No
  • Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 53
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    Summer/Fall term admission: March 15th. Spring term admission: October 15th. After these deadlines, rolling admissions will be processed based on availability within the program.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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