Associate Degree in Applied Science
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 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.
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
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All courses for this program are offered online and in person.
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.
- Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
- Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.
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 EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:
- Progress toward your specific requirements
- Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements
If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.10-101-1063 credits10-106-1093 credits10-109-1023 credits10-109-1112 credits10-801-1953 credits10-804-1233 credits10-104-1143 credits10-109-1043 credits10-109-1082 credits10-109-1103 credits10-801-1963 credits10-104-1023 credits10-109-1093 credits10-109-1162 credits10-109-1193 credits10-809-1723 credits10-109-1123 credits10-109-1133 credits10-109-1142 credits10-109-1173 credits10-809-1993 creditsElective3 credits
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
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.
Estimated Program Cost
# of Credits for Completion59Tuition$8053.50Materials/Supplemental Costs$1060.16Other Costs$100.00Total Estimated Program Costs:
(book costs not included)$9213.66
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2016 2017 2018 Number of Program Graduates 14 11 20 Number of Surveys Sent 14 11 20 Number of Surveys Returned 11 8 14 Percent of Surveys Returned 78.60% 72.70% 70.00% Available for Employment 10 7 11 Percent Available for Employment 90.90% 87.50% 78.60% Not in Labor Market 1 1 3 Percent Not in Labor Market 9.10% 12.50% 21.40% Available for Employment
2016 2017 2018 Graduates Employed 8 7 10 Percent of Graduates Employed 80.00% 100.00% 90.90% Employed in Related Occupation 7 6 4 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 87.50% 85.70% 40.00% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 1 5 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 12.50% 14.30% 50.00% Employed - No Response 0 0 1 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 10.00% Seeking Employment 2 0 1 Percent Seeking Employment 20.00% 0.00% 9.10% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2016 2017 2018 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.5 3.6 Number of Satisfaction Responses 11 8 14 Very Satisfied 7 4 8 Percent Very Satisfied 63.60% 50.00% 57.10% Satisfied 4 4 6 Percent Satisfied 36.40% 50.00% 42.90% Unsatisfied 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2016 2017 2018 Number of Primary Reason Responses 11 8 14 Preparation for Getting a Job 3 5 4 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 27.30% 62.50% 28.60% Career Change 5 2 7 Percent Career Change 45.50% 25.00% 50.00% Improvement of Existing Skills 2 0 0 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 18.20% 0.00% 0.00% Preparation for Further Education 1 0 1 Percent Preparation for Further Education 9.10% 0.00% 7.10% Personal Interest 0 1 2 Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 12.50% 14.30% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2016 2017 2018 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 8 7 9 Before Enrollment 0 0 2 Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 0.00% 22.20% While Attending the College 2 1 5 Percent While Attending the College 25.00% 14.30% 55.60% After Training at the College 6 6 2 Percent After Training at the College 75.00% 85.70% 22.20% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2016 2017 2018 Number of Employment Location Responses 8 7 11 In College District 6 2 5 Percent In College District 75.00% 28.60% 45.50% In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 2 2 Percent of In Wisconsin 12.50% 28.60% 18.20% Outside of Wisconsin 1 3 2 Percent Outside Wisconsin 12.50% 42.90% 18.20% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 2 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 18.20% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 6 6 3 Average Monthly Wage $3,192 $2,535 $3,361 Average Hourly Wage $18.56 $14.74 $19.54 Average Work Hours per Week 41.3 40 43.8 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 Average Hourly Wage $10.42 Average Work Hours per Week 24
Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018 Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison Number of Full Time Positions Open 20 18 Number of Part Time Positions Open 127 55 Total Jobs 147 73 Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018 Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions CESA #1 Program Assistant/Meeting Planner Pewaukee Chula Vista Resort Sales & Catering Coordinator Wisconsin Dells Madison Area Technical College Administrative Coordinator Madison Public Library Library Event Aide Smithbucklin Event Senior Associate Chicago IL
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