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What is event management?

Event management is a fast-paced and exciting industry that involves designing, planning, organizing and coordinating events ranging from small to mega events, such as concerts, festivals, sporting events, trade shows, meetings, conferences, conventions and exhibitions. Successful event managers have a broad range of skills including communication, contract negotiation, organizations, customer service, human resources, budgeting, creativity, relationship management and leadership.

Why event management at OSU?

This option provides students with the essential skills, competencies and industry knowledge that will put them at the forefront of this fast-growing and rapidly changing industry.  The curriculum focuses on topics such as event and meeting planning, marketing, sponsorships, budgeting, sales, service and hospitality management.

Career paths

Career opportunities are available across multiple sectors including music, festivals, sport, fashion, attractions and entertainment as well as within corporations or government. Potential jobs include:

  • Event planner or coordinator
  • Venue operator or manager
  • Convention and exhibition services manager
  • Catering services manager
  • Wedding planner
  • Production coordinator
  • Operations manager
  • Sports event manager

Signature events

Students gain practical experience and engage in hands-on learning by planning and implementing numerous signature events such as the:

Craft Beer Forum of Oklahoma

Wine Forum of Oklahoma

Distinguished Chef Series

Hospitality Days

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Eastin Center For Career Readiness

Through the Eastin Center, OSU supports students’ professional growth from awareness to knowledge acquisition, practice and ultimately successful implementation.

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