Professional Event Manager Certificate – Current Program

About

The Professional Event Management Certificate (PEMC), offered by the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences (RPTS), has been developed to accustom students with the various components of planning, managing, implementing and evaluating meetings and special events.

This program takes at least three semesters to complete.  
Application deadline: 3 full semesters prior to graduation, OR have already taken RPTS 311. It is best to apply as soon as possible in your degree plan, prior to completing classes as there is no guarantee of admission.
This is not a completely online program, some classes are only offered in class. You will not be waived from prerequisite courses. 

Admission Requirements

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  • If required, have permission from their departmental advisor to apply for the program
  • All TAMU students in any major may apply
  • An overall TAMU GPA of 2.0 or higher is required for acceptance into the PEMC program
  • Must complete the PEMC application and essay
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  • If required, have permission from their departmental advisor to apply for the program
  • All TAMU students in any graduate degree may apply
  • An overall TAMU graduate GPA of 2.0 or higher is required for acceptance into the PEMC program
  • Must complete the PEMC application and essay
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Course Requirements

Core Curriculum – Complete all 9 credit hours (4 classes) (Must be taken in order in separate semesters)

RPTS 311               (3)            Planning & Implementation of Events and Programs (fall, spring, sometimes May)

RPTS 320              (3)            Event Management & Operations I (fall, spring)

RPTS 321               (3)            Event Management & Operations II (fall, spring)

                RPTS 324               (0)            Event Management Final Assessment (fall, spring, summer)

                                                                          [Can be taken concurrently with RPTS 321 with approval from PEMC advisor]

Administration Course – Choose 3 credit hours

RPTS 304               (3)           Administration of Recreation Resource Agencies

                     [Prereq: RPTS 201]

RPTS 323/423      (3)           Tourism Management

                    [Prereq: RPTS 302]

RPTS 444               (3)           Service Quality for Hospitality Orgs (ONLINE) (spring & sometimes summer)

Specialized Elective – Choose 3 credit hours

AGCJ 306              (3)          Theory and Practice of Agricultural Public Relations

AGCJ 307              (3)          Design for Agricultural Media

HORT 203             (3)          Floral Design

HORT 416              (3)         Understanding Wine: From Vines to Wines and Beyond (Once a year)

HORT 452              (3)         Floral Design: Weddings and Personal Flowers (Once a year)

HORT 454             (2)          Special Event Design and Production (Once a year)

RPTS 308              (3)          Foundation of Community & CDEV (Spring only)

RPTS 331               (3)           Tourism Marketing

                     [Prereq:RPTS 302]

RPTS 444               (3)           Service Quality for Hospitality Orgs (ONLINE) (spring & sometimes summer only) IF NOT USED ABOVE

RPTS 484               (3)           Internship – Event management internship

GPA Requirements

  • Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in each PEMC applicable course
  • Students must earn a grade of “Satisfactory” (pass) in RPTS 324 (zero credit course)
  • Must maintain a “B” average (3.0 GPA) in the required courses
  • It is departmental policy for PEMC that you cannot retake RPTS 311, RPTS 320 or RPTS 321

Volunteer Requirements

  • A minimum of 40 hours (unpaid) of service in the conduct of event management and execution
    • At least 10 events, volunteering at each event at least 3 hours.
    • No community service will be accepted; e.g., Big Event, Replant.
    • No family/friend events.
  • These hours will be performed after the student is admitted to the PEMC program.
  • Service hour requirements from RPTS 311, RPTS 320 and RPTS 321 may apply.
  • We encourage a variety of events!

Portfolio Requirements

  • You will build a service portfolio as a website. Please find the instructions by clicking here!
  • Final Portfolio submitted in RPTS 324

Exit Exam

  • Students must pass the exit exam prior to gaining the certificate.
  • The exam will be based on RPTS 311, RPTS 320 and RPTS 321.
  • You can take the exam as many times as you need to until you pass.
  • Taken in RPTS 324

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