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Facility and Event Management Graduate Certificate

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WKU’s School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport offers a 100% online graduate certificate in Facility and Event Management. This 12-credit-hour graduate certificate focuses on practical skills needed for employment in the rapidly growing field of Facility and Event Management. Recreation and sport professionals with skills and experience related to Facility and Event Management are extremely employable and this certificate can be obtained through online courses on a part-time or full-time basis!

Examples of professionals who can benefit from this certificate program include the following:

  • Municipal Park and Recreation Employees
  • Collegiate and Professional Sport Facility Managers
  • Convention and Conference Center Employees
  • Facility and Event Security Personnel
  • Aquatic Facility Managers
  • Golf Course Personnel
  • Stadium and Arena Managers
  • Athletic Coaches/Administrators
  • Campus Recreation Employees
  • Event Planners
  • Motorsports Personnel
  • Shooting Sports Employees

Admission Requirements:

The minimum requirements for acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Facility and Event Management are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.
  • Adequate preparation in the field of study.
  • Application & Fee
    Students seeking this certificate must apply online. There is an application fee. 
  • Transcript Record
    Graduates of accredited institutions other than WKU must submit an official transcript showing the completed degree to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Program Requirements:

The following courses are required to complete the certificate program:

The most recent occupational outlook data shows projected growth of 44% in the field of facility and event management through 2020!  Here are a few sites that can show you current availability in the field:

IAVM Partnership

National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics

WKU has partnered with the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA), through their affiliate organization the Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association (CEFMA), to offer up to one year of student membership.

Benefits of membership with CEFMA/NACDA include reduced rates for the annual CEFMA Convention, copies of Athletics Administration magazine, access to the NACDA Daily Review via email, participation in the CEFMA listserv, access to NACDA’s Job Center online, and opportunities to network with a diverse group of professionals in the field.

International Association of Venue Managers

WKU has partnered with the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) to offer students of the Master of Science in Facility and Event Management up to two years of associate-student membership as part of their program experience.

Benefits of this membership include exceptional professional development opportunities, a vast network of professionals around the globe and much more.

ASAE – American Society of Association Executives

APPA – The Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers

ACME – Association for Convention Marketing Executives

ACOM – Association for Convention Operations Management

AIPC – International Association of Congress Centres

ACCED-I – Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors

ALSD – Association of Luxury Suite Directors

APAP – Association of Performing Arts Presenters

ABRACCEF – Brazilian Association of Conference Centers

CEIR – Center for Exhibition Industry Research

CIC – Convention Industry Council

CMA – Country Music Association

DMAI – Destination Marketing Association International

ESTA – Entertainment Services and Technology Association

EAA – European Arenas Association

EVVC – European Association of Event Centers

ESMA – European Stadium Managers Association

ESCA – Exposition Service Contractors Association

IAEE – International Association of Expositions & Events

IAAPA – International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions

IAAM – International Association of Assembly Managers

IACC – International Association of Conference Centers

IACVB – International Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus

IAFE – International Association of Fairs & Expositions

IAPCO – International Association of Professional Congress Organizers

ICMA – International City/County Management Association

ICCA – International Congress & Convention Association

IEDC – International Economic Development Council

IFEA – International Festivals & Events Association

IFMA – International Facility Management Association

ISPA – International Society for the Performing Arts

ISES – International Special Events Society

Ice Skating Institute

INTIX – International Ticketing Association

IATSE – International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees & Moving Picture Technicians of the U.S. and Canada

LHAT – League of Historic American Theaters

MLB – Major League Baseball

MPI – Meeting Professionals International

AMPROFEC – Mexican Association of Professionals in Fairs, Exhibitions & Conventions

NAA – National Arenas Association

NACA – National Association for Camus Activities

NAAC – National Association of Accessibility Consultants

NACDA – National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletes

NAC – National Association of Concessionaires

NACS – National Association of Consumer Shows

NAIA – National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

NAPAMA – North American Performing Arts Managers & Agents

NBA – National Basketball Association

NCBMP – National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners

NCAA – National Collegiate Athletic Association

NFL – National Football League

NHL – National Hockey League

NLC – National League of Cities

NACPA – North American Concert Promoters Association

PCMA – Professional Convention Management Association

PRCA – Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association

RCMA – Religious Conference Management Association

SCMP – Society of Corporate Meeting Professionals

SGMP – Society of Government Meeting Planners

SC – Sport England

SMA – Stadium Managers Association

TEAM – TEAM Coalition

UFI – Union des Foires Internationales

USITT – U.S. Institute for Theater Technology

VMA –Venue Management Association


Brad Stinnett

Associate Professor and Coordinator,
M.S. in Recreation & Sport Administration
School of Kinesiology, Rec. & Sport
(270) 745-4329

Suzanne Thomas

RSA Student Services Coordinator,
WKU School of Kinesiology, Rec. & Sport
(270) 745-4109


For more information about the cost of the program, average time to complete the program, and other important information, please visit this website.

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 Last Modified 6/17/20