Event Management minor

Why study event management at CMU?

This program complements a broad variety of academic majors, including the arts, business, athletics, recreation, communication-related fields, and more. Program course work and activities will help students develop the skills and knowledge needed to be successful event managers in a range of event planning settings. Consider these key features distinguishing this program:

  • Offered by the first university recreation program to be accredited in the state of Michigan
  • Required fieldwork experiences working with an organization to plan and implement an event
  • Emphasis on community service through volunteer opportunities and student-led event planning to raise money for local charities
  • Professional development through on-campus organizations such as the Student Recreation Association

Career outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, for all occupations through the year 2014:

  • Wage and salary jobs in recreation are projected to grow about 25 percent.
  • Employment of advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers is expected to increase 18 to 26 percent.
  • Employment opportunities are expected in a wide range of recreational settings, including golf courses, parks and outdoor recreational facilities, and amusement parks. Employment in fitness centers and similar establishments also will grow substantially.

Career options

Graduates with an event management minor will find a variety of career opportunities. Some of these may require additional education.

  • Community Relations Specialist
  • Convention Planner
  • Corporate Event Coordinator
  • Event Operations Manager
  • Expo Planner
  • Promotions Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Sales and Marketing Director
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Tourism Planning Specialist
  • University Recreation Program Coordinator
  • Wedding Planner


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