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.
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:
- U.S. News & World Report Best Jobs
- Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook for Meeting & Event Planners
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 2021-2022 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 SemesterSecond SemesterThird SemesterFourth SemesterElective
3 creditsRecommended Electives
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.
Fall 2021 Application Dates
- Application available on September 15, 2020
- Application completion deadline is November 15, 2021
Spring 2022 Application Dates
- Application available on February 1, 2021
- Application completion deadline is April 15, 2022
Fall 2022 Application Dates
- Application available on September 15, 2021
- Application completion deadline is November 15, 2022
Spring 2023 Application Dates
- Application available on February 1, 2022
- Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023
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
Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:
- High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
- GED/HSED score report
- College transcript showing an associate degree or higher
3. Residency Requirement
Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for these programs. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.
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.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
Wisconsin SchoolsStudents 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.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.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.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.
Non-Wisconsin SchoolsStudents 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.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.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.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.
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 Report Summary Overview
2018 2019 2020 Number of Program Graduates 20 9 8 Number of Surveys Sent 20 8 8 Number of Surveys Returned 14 7 5 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 11 7 5 Percent Available for Employment 78.6% 100.0% 100.0% Not in Labor Market 3 0 0 Percent Not in Labor Market 21.4% 0.0% 0.0% Available for Employment
2018 2019 2020 Graduates Employed 10 7 4 Percent of Graduates Employed 90.9% 100.0% 80.0% Employed in Related Occupation 4 5 1 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 40.0% 71.4% 25.0% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 5 2 3 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 50.0% 28.6% 75.0% Employed - No Response 1 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 10.0% 0.0% 0.0% Seeking Employment 1 0 1 Percent Seeking Employment 9.1% 0.0% 20.0% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2018 2019 2020 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.9 3.8 Number of Satisfaction Responses 14 7 5 Very Satisfied (4) 8 6 4 Percent Very Satisfied 57.1% 85.7% 80.0% Satisfied (3) 6 1 1 Percent Satisfied 42.9% 14.3% 20.0% Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2018 2019 2020 Number of Primary Reason Responses 14 7 5 Preparation for Getting a Job 4 5 2 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 28.6% 71.4% 40.0% Career Change 7 1 1 Percent Career Change 50.0% 14.3% 20.0% Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 2 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.0% 0.0% 40.0% Preparation for Further Education 1 1 0 Percent Preparation for Further Education 7.1% 14.3% 0.0% Personal Interest 2 0 0 Percent Personal Interest 14.3% 0.0% 0.0% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% When Employment was Obtained
2018 2019 2020 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 9 7 4 Before Enrollment 2 1 2 Percent Before Enrollment 22.2% 14.3% 50.0% While Attending the College 5 1 1 Percent While Attending the College 55.6% 14.3% 25.0% After Training at the College 2 5 1 Percent After Training at the College 22.2% 71.4% 25.0% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2018 2019 2020 Number of Employment Location Responses 11 7 4 In College District 5 6 3 Percent In College District 45.5% 85.7% 75.0% In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 1 1 Percent of In Wisconsin 18.2% 14.3% 25.0% Outside of Wisconsin 2 0 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 18.2% 0.0% 0.0% Employer Location Unknown 2 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 18.2% 0.0% 0.0% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 3 4 1 Average Monthly Wage $3,361 $2,817 $3,832 Average Hourly Wage $19.54 $16.38 $22.28 Average Work Hours per Week 43.8 40.0 43.0 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 Average Hourly Wage $18.69 Average Work Hours per Week 20.0
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Jewelers Mutual Group Sales and Events Specialist Neenah
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