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Event Management
Program Number: 101096
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
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Delivery Method:
100% Online
Estimated Time to Complete:
59 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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$8,463.55 Tuition
$1,102.02 Materials/Supplemental Costs
$100.00 Other Costs
  • Program Overview

    The Event Management associate degree program at Madison College is the only one of its kind in the nation. It was designed to give you critical knowledge, build real-world skills and create a competitive advantage in the meeting and event planning job market, all while learning from leading experts. Learn about contract law, facilities, and financial management. Additionally, receive preparation for positions in the convention, conference, and meeting planning industry by:

    • Developing your negotiation skills.
    • Improving your decision-making skills.
    • Enhancing your problem-solving skills.
    • Refining your communication skills.

    Madison College's Event Management program was named Industry Model Champion by the Department of Labor. Because of our leadership in the events industry, rigor in our education, and depth of event management training in our program, we have been integral in developing the U.S. Department of Labor's Hospitality, Tourism, and Events Workplace Competency Model. Check out the competency model and see how you match up with the skills necessary to be an event professional.

    The Meeting Professionals International Wisconsin Chapter, part of the world’s largest organization for meeting professionals, also endorses this Madison College program.

    Program Details

    Students in the Event Management program can attend full or part-time.

    Event Management classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax


    Madison College graduates are ready for a range of positions in the field of meeting and event management, including:

    • Conference Manager
    • Marketing and Special Event Manager
    • Convention Sales Manager
    • Meetings Coordinator
    • Director of Educational Programs
    • Meetings Services Manager
    • Project Manager of Meetings and Events
    • Senior Event Coordinator
    • Program Manager
    • Special Event Coordinator
    • Conference and Travel Service Manager
    • Operations Manager

    For more information on careers in meeting and event planning, check out the following:


    As part of Madison College’s Meeting and Event Management program, you will gain practical work experience through a supervised internship at an approved job site. The selection of a site is based on your individual goals. This internship will provide a behind-the-scenes understanding of meeting and event management and hands-on experience in planning logistics for a meeting and/or event. A minimum total of 200 hours is required to complete your internship. 

    Disney College Program

    Earn a semester of credit by living, working, and learning at Walt Disney World with Mickey Mouse and his friends. Students can register for and receive up to 12 Madison College credits while participating in the Disney College Program.

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Third Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Fourth Semester
    3 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Note: It is recommended to only apply for a semester that has already started if you are currently enrolled in classes or you have verified that classes are still available for that semester.

    Application Dates

    Fall 2022

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2022

    Spring 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023

    Fall 2023

    • Application opens on September 15, 2022
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2023

    Spring 2024

    • Application opens on February 1, 2023
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2024

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion

    Students must submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing completion of an associate degree or higher
      • Note: Effective with the 2023-2024 year, this may be fulfilled with at least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

  • Transfer Opportunities

    UW System Schools

    The terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. The terms of the Human Services Leadership agreement are limited to students who have complete an associates of applied science degree and have been admitted to the Human Services Leadership degree at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

    Wisconsin Private Schools

    Entering students who have completed Madison College general education courses with a grade of "C-" or better may apply them toward satisfying Stritch Liberal Arts requirements.
    A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
    Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
    Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
    Students who complete the meeting and event management program can transfer up to 61 credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

    Out-of-State Schools

    Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
    Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
    Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
    Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.
  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the Event Management program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Apply project management strategies to a meeting or event
    • Manage financial resources
    • Design a meeting or event
    • Promote a meeting or event
    • Manage a risk management plan
    • Determine the purpose of an exhibition and its role in the organization's structure
    • Incorporate sustainable practices in event management
    • Construct sponsorship and strategic partnership opportunities for event revenue
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Program Graduates 9 8 9
      Number of Surveys Sent 8 8 9
      Number of Surveys Returned 7 5 7
      Percent of Surveys Returned 87.50% 62.50% 77.80%
      Available for Employment 7 5 6
      Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 85.70%
      Not in Labor Market 0 0 1
      Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 0.00% 14.30%
      Available for Employment

      2019 2020 2021
      Graduates Employed 7 4 5
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 80.00% 83.30%
      Employed in Related Occupation 5 1 4
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 71.40% 25.00% 80.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 3 1
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 28.60% 75.00% 20.00%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Seeking Employment 0 1 1
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 20.00% 16.70%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.9 3.8 3.6
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 7 5 7
      Very Satisfied (4) 6 4 4
      Percent Very Satisfied 85.70% 80.00% 57.10%
      Satisfied (3) 1 1 3
      Percent Satisfied 14.30% 20.00% 42.90%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 7 5 7
      Preparation for Getting a Job 5 2 4
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 71.40% 40.00% 57.10%
      Career Change 1 1 0
      Percent Career Change 14.30% 20.00% 0.00%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 0 2 1
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 40.00% 14.30%
      Preparation for Further Education 1 0 0
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 14.30% 0.00% 0.00%
      Personal Interest 0 0 2
      Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 28.60%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 7 4 5
      Before Enrollment 1 2 2
      Percent Before Enrollment 14.30% 50.00% 40.00%
      While Attending the College 1 1 2
      Percent While Attending the College 14.30% 25.00% 40.00%
      After Training at the College 5 1 1
      Percent After Training at the College 71.40% 25.00% 20.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Employment Location Responses 7 4 5
      In College District 6 3 3
      Percent In College District 85.70% 75.00% 60.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 1 0
      Percent of In Wisconsin 14.30% 25.00% 0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 2
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 40.00%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 4 1 4
      Average Monthly Wage $2,817 $3,832 $4,647
      Average Hourly Wage $16.38 $22.28 $27.02
      Average Work Hours per Week 40 43 39
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1
      Average Hourly Wage $18.69
      Average Work Hours per Week 20
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Advocate Aurora Healthcare Administrative Coordinator Rosemont IL
      CUNA Mutual Group Exhibit Marketing Specialist
      Edgewood College Event Services Manager
      San Jose Women's Club Director Of Events San Jose CA

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      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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