Master’s Degree in Meeting and Event Management

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Be the First to Earn a Master’s in Meeting and Event Management

The Master of Science in Meeting and Event Management degree program is for working professionals who aspire to advance to the next level of leadership as a director, general manager, or CEO within a variety of fields, including meeting management, group sales, convention services, audio visual production, and more.

Online Degree Program Focus

The development of strategic leadership, analytical and administrative organizational skills specific to the meeting and event management industry in a context that we believe is unique.


UPDATE: This program has been approved for financial aid.



More Than a Master’s, A Movement

When we meet, we change the world! With the meetings and events industry evolving at a rapid pace, there has never been a more exciting time to advance not just your career, but your profession as a whole.

Deeper analytics and more powerful tools mean greater opportunities to evolve and excel. Our industry is thriving, which means you should be, too. As the largest global association in the industry, MPI is committed to pioneering continuing education and providing career-enhancing resources. The Meeting and Event Management Master’s provides the flexibility you need to take a step forward, without taking one backward.

Estimated Cost
Min. Completion Time
18 Months
Course Format
Plus two weeks on SDSU campus

What do we mean by that?

Working professionals all over the country are earning their master’s degrees through SDSU online. Embracing the human element of meetings and events, the Meeting and Event Management Master’s includes two on-campus weeks (one in the beginning of the 18-month program and one at the end) in beautiful San Diego, CA to build lifelong connections among faculty and cohort members. The rest of the program can be completed entirely online. The cost of the program is about $30k which includes the estimate for books.

Work on your own schedule, connect with industry leaders, and shape the future of meeting and event planning – all while earning your master’s degree.

Co-created by San Diego State University and Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the Master of Science in Meeting and Event Management is the first graduate-level program in the U.S. designed to elevate meeting professionals to business event strategists.

Proven Results

Research shows that event managers with a graduate degree make $8,000 more per year than those with a bachelor’s degree (Burning Glass Technologies, 2019). This program incorporates facets that are proven to drive measurable return on investment, including networking with industry leaders, mentorship matching, and a career-changing capstone project.

Be one of the first to earn your master’s degree in meeting and event management. Work on your own schedule, advance your career, and shape the future of meeting and event planning.

Apply Now
Application Deadline:
July 1
Courses Begin: August 4

SDSU also offers an online Master’s in Hospitality and Tourism Management. For more information on this program and the Meeting and Event Management program, please contact Candy Flynn at or (619) 594-5110.



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HTM 0601.01 Leadership Explorations and Applications in HTM
Concepts, theories, and techniques of leadership as applied to hospitality, tourism, and recreation organizations, and businesses. Experience in teamwork, interpersonal networks, managing change and conflict, controlling environmental factors.
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HTM 0602.01 Theoretical Foundations in Leadership and Management in HTM
Directed reading and discussion of textual materials designed as an underpinning for future coursework and analytical projects pertaining to leadership and management in the hospitality, tourism, and recreation professions.
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HTM 0663 Leading in Complex Human Systems in Meetings and Events
A systems approach to leadership with a focus on self, relationships, and context within the hospitality and tourism industry. Investigates historical and contemporary leadership theory and its application to today’s Meetings & Events operating environment.
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