Earn Your Meeting and Event

Management Master's Degree at SDSU

MPI in Partnership with SDSU School of HTM

First Graduate Level Program in Meeting
and Event Management

Are you up on the latest ideas and innovations in the meetings and events industry? Able to calculate and articulate the real-world impact of your efforts? Ready to become a more dynamic leader? Co-created by Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the San Diego State University (SDSU) L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, the Meeting and Event Management Master’s is the first graduate-level program in the U.S. designed to elevate meeting professionals to business event strategists.



More Than a Master's, It's a Movement 

When we meet, we change the world! With the meetings and events industry evolving at a rapid pace, there has never been a more exciting time to advance not just your career, but your profession as a whole.

Deeper analytics and more powerful tools mean greater opportunities to evolve and excel. Our industry is thriving, which means you should be, too. As the largest global association in the industry, MPI is committed to pioneering continuing education and providing career-enhancing resources. The Meeting and Event Management Master’s provides the flexibility you need to take a step forward, without taking one backward.


What do we mean by that? 

Working professionals all over the country are earning their master’s degrees through SDSU online. Embracing the human element of meetings and events, the Meeting and Event Management Master’s includes two on-campus weeks (one in the beginning of the 18-month program and one at the end) in beautiful San Diego, CA to build lifelong connections among faculty and cohort members. The rest of the program can be completed entirely online.

Work on your own schedule, connect with industry leaders and shape the future of meeting and event planning – all while earning your master’s degree.

A Curriculum for Career Success

This is the only program of its kind, and the only curriculum proactively addressing the most pressing challenges in your profession. Gain next-level knowledge on:

Strategic leadership

Stakeholder management

Finance fundamentals

Business analytics

Applied design thinking

Demonstrating ROE (Return on Experience)

Leading change and innovation

Modern marketing strategies

+ More

Built on Proven Principles

Graduates of the HTM Master’s program at the Payne School earn an average of $12,000 more per year than they did prior to receiving a master’s degree, according to surveyed alumni. This program incorporates the facets that are proven to drive measurable return on a master’s degree, including:

  • Organic networking with industry leaders
  • Flexible online assignments
  • Instantly applicable leadership takeaways
  • Mentorship matching
  • TED Talk-style guest lectures
  • A career-changing Capstone Project


Is This Degree Right for You?

The Meeting and Event Management Master’s is ideal for professionals in these fields:

  • Certified Meeting Managers (CMMs)
  • Certified Meeting Professionals ( CMPs )
  • Corporate Meeting Planning
  • Third Party Planning
  • Group Sales
  • Convention Services
  • Destination Management
  • Audio Visual and Production
  • All other industry partners!


Learn More

The Master’s program launched in 2019!  In the meantime, join meeting and event professionals of all ages and backgrounds who share your passion for leadership, professional growth and progressing our profession. Subscribe to stay informed about the program and receive educational content.

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