School of Business and Applied Arts

Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6003 ext. 8
FAX: (608) 243-4754

Meeting and Event Management

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 101096


The Meeting and 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 Meeting and 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 the development of 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 Meeting and Event Management program can attend full or part time.

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

  • Madison - Truax

This program is offered completely online.

Meeting and Event Management


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements. There is also an online and/or accelerated version of this program with additional admission requirements.

After Acceptance

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


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester
Second Semester
Third Semester

3 credits

Fourth Semester



3 credits


After completing the Meeting and 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

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. Selection of a site is based on your individual goals. This internship will provide a behind-the-scenes understanding of meeting and event management as well as hands-on experience in planning logistics for a meeting and/or event. A minimum total of 200 hours is required to complete your internship. 

To view or post current internship or employment opportunites, check out Wisconsin TechConnect.


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