The graduate certificate program in Event Management is not accepting applications at this time.  For more information, contact Rosemary Prince at (850) 645-9773 or .


Events contribute to the quality of our lives by enriching our communities and providing opportunities to celebrate our diversity and common bonds. From a three hour event designed to generate awareness for non-profit organizations to multi-day conferences and exhibitions by professional associations to week long festivals in cities and towns, events touch many lives.

The event management professional must possess a unique combination of skills and techniques.

The Graduate Certificate in Event Management program provides online advanced education to professionals responsible for managing events in areas such as:

  • event planning management
  • hospitality and tourism industry
  • resort and commercial properties
  • federal, state, local government
  • parks and recreation
  • business
  • marketing
  • sport management
  • communication
  • public relations
  • association management
  • non-profit management

Program Information

This program requires 12 credit hours of course work offered online. Four courses  provide students with advanced knowledge and practical experience for work in events management. The education and skills learned in the courses provide the latest techniques for today’s event management professional.

  • LEI 5316 Event Planning Management (3 credit hours)
  • LEI 5563 Event Marketing (3 credit hours)
  • LEI 5317 Event Management Issues in Ethics and Risk Management (3 credit hours)
  • LEI 5942 Practicum in Event Management (3 credit hours)

Technology Requirements

Students are required to obtain an FSU/ACNS e-mail account in order to access the course website. In order to complete class requirements, class participants will need to be able to:

  • Access the Internet,
  • Download and upload Word documents,
  • Download, view, and listen to PowerPoint documents,
  • Download PDF files,
  • Access to VHS or digital camcorder for lesson recording,
  • Access to equipment for digitizing video clips from lessons,
  • Utilize Real Player or Windows Media to download, view, and listen to digitized videotapes, and
  • Send and receive e-mails.

Florida State University uses Blackboard for its distance learning instructional platform. For more information regarding technology requirements to use Blackboard, please go to:

Admission Criteria

Acceptance into the Event Management Certificate Program is based on the following requirement:

  • Earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university
  • Acceptance by Florida State University as a graduate degree seeking student or graduate-level special student (non-degree seeking). 

Courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Event Management program can be taken as part of a regular graduate program of study, or through enrollment as a part-time non-degree seeking student. Students enrolled in a graduate degree program of study may enroll in the courses without applying to the Graduate Certificate in Event Management program. However, to earn the certificate the student must apply and be accepted to the program within enrollment in the first certificate course taken. Students enrolling as a non-degree seeking student must submit the application and supporting documentation by the deadline for the term for which enrollment is desired.

Admission to the Event Management Certificate Program is neither a degree program nor a minor. To receive the Event Management Certificate, students must complete the required nine (9) hours of course work and a three (3) hour practicum in an Event Management Certificate Program approved events setting. Additional requirements for the Practicum are the completion of the required professional portfolio and earning a grade of B or higher.

ALL certificate program students must have achieved a cumulative 3.0 (B) grade point average in all graduate certificate courses attempted in order for the graduate certificate to be granted.  The Certificate must be completed within a five year time period from the date of acceptance into the program. 

Transfer credit hours from other universities or colleges will not be accepted.

Download FSU Graduate Certificate in Event Management Policies


Application for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Event Management Program may be made by: 

  • any graduate student in good standing at Florida State University, 
  • any individual eligible to enroll as a graduate-level non-degree-seeking student.

Step 1: Apply for Admission to the University as a Non-Degree Seeking Student 

  1. Complete the official application for admission 
  2. Paying the nonrefundable processing fee payable to Florida State University Office of Admissions 
  3. Submit two (2) official transcripts from each college and university attended. Transcripts are considered official when they are sent directly from a college or university to the Office of Admissions and contain an official seal and/or signature. Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official. 

Post-Bachelor’s Non-degree seeking applications may be submitted online no earlier than one semester in advance of the term for which the applicant is seeking admission. Deadlines for each semester are as follows: 

Fall - August 1
 Spring - December 1
Summer - May 1

Step 2: Apply to the Event Management Certificate Program

Students will complete the official application for admission to the Event Management Certificate program, which includes:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Statement of professional career goals

Once accepted, the student will be responsible for adhering to all University deadlines, i.e. tuition and fees.


The courses in this program have been developed and are delivered by full-time faculty or by adjuncts who have repeatedly taught courses and/or have extensive experience in the events management industry. Distance learning students, therefore, have the same high quality instruction as students on the main campus, plus special assistance from The Office of Distance Learning to insure success. The University Board of Trustees establishes tuition and fees. Distance learning students are expected to pay tuition and other associated fees.


  • We estimate the cost of books and course materials for an academic year to be $350.00. Students are responsible for the cost and shipping fees of all books and course materials.
International Live Events Association (ILEA)logo

FSU Panama City’s graduate certificate in event management is an approved provider for the International Live Events Association, formerly International Special Events Society. ILEA Approved is the international education standard based on the association’s core curriculum which reflects the education required for today’s events professionals.

Event Certificate Program Coordinator

Rosemary Prince, MS, CPRP 
College of Applied Studies
312 Kellogg Building
PO Box 3061272 
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1272 
Phone: 850.645.9773 • E-mail: