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Meeting and Event Planning

Online Undergraduate Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning

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About This Program

Get a concentrated overview of the multimillion-dollar conference, exposition, and convention industry with an undergraduate certificate in meeting and event planning from American Public University (APU).

Through online event planning courses and case studies, you will build your understanding of planning, selling, and servicing meetings and conventions, with a focus on travel and tourism management. APU’s six-course program is an opportunity to learn industry best practices, including strategies to anticipate and solve common planning issues, such as environmental concerns, administration, logistics matters, and client culture.

Faculty bring their own professional experience in tourism, business, and lodging operations to your learning in this program. 

NOTE: This program does not award professional certification, but may be helpful in preparing to earn such certification.

What You Will Do

  1. Apply the steps involved with planning meetings and special events
  2. Evaluate the administration and logistics of a given event scenario
  3. Explain the environmental concerns involved in managing an event
  4. Understand how client culture affects meeting and event planning

Program at a Glance

Number of Credits
18
Cost Per Credit
$285 | $250*
Courses Start Monthly
Online

Program Requirements Printable Catalog Version

Must take all courses for this section.

Course ID: 2884

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Hospitality Management is the largest service industry in the world. This course is an overview of the basis dimensions of professionalism, customer service, and sustainability to the major areas of hospitality management, and segments of travel and tourism. The background and historical development of the hospitality industry and its component areas are presented; employment opportunities and trends in each area are discussed.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Course ID: 4118

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A thorough explanation of the lucrative meeting and convention industry and its function in the travel and tourism sector. An overview of the meeting, exposition, and convention businesses, that covers the history of these businesses and the economic value they represent to a destination. Course will include a broad brush of the organizations that support this segment, such as convention bureaus, destination management companies and meeting planners.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session

Course ID: 4117

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A practical insight into servicing different kinds of meetings and conventions, the types of organizations that stage such events, and the people who hold the key to site selection, and implementation is the focus. Convention management is presented in a way that prepares the student for real-world experiences in planning, selling and servicing meetings and conventions.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Course ID: 2940

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A study of business travel and conference management in the multi-billion dollar industry is covered from the international down to the local level. Discussions focus on best practices, strategies, and customer perspectives that differ for business vs. leisure travel, leading organizations in the business and conference hospitality industry, issues of liability and insurance, and other factors implicit in effectively managing and providing services to be competitive in this industry.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Course ID: 2986

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Focus is on advanced techniques and skills for Hospitality Management Professionals to ensure effective and efficient management within the Tourism and Hospitality Management industries. Standards and expectations for restaurant owners, hotel and tourism managers and meeting and event planners are addressed. Price points, product development, tips and marketing techniques that restaurants, hotels, tourism organizations and event planners employ to enhance the customers’ experience are addressed.(Prerequisite: HOSP100)
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Course ID: 4349

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Introduces tourism development as a process with its own organizational structures and its own responses to the economic cycle of supply and demand. Cultural environments and their influence are discussed.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session

Courses Start Monthly

Next Courses Start Oct 4
Register by Oct 1

Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e., GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.

Materials Cost

Technology fee: $65 per course | $0 for active-duty military, National Guard members, and Reservists.

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*Cost Per Credit Hour

To minimize out-of-pocket costs, U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, National Guard members, and Reservists receive a tuition grant that caps undergraduate, master's degree, and graduate certificate tuition at $250/credit hour. In addition, a university book grant provides no-cost textbooks and ebooks for all undergraduates and military-tuition-grant-eligible master’s-level students.
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