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Program Code: 40511 Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Length: 3 semesters
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Program Overview

Humber’s Event Management graduate certificate program includes comprehensive and hands on training combined with industry involvement and the ability to apply what you have learned through an internship. We provide you with essential skills such as venue selection, logistic and time planning, staging, selection of food and beverage, budgeting, staffing, post- event evaluation, and professional expectations. You will learn to design, develop, co-ordinate and manage a broad range of events such as corporate meeting planning; film, documentary and music festivals; not-for-profit experiential events and galas; brand experience; consumer events; and trade shows.

Additionally, you will gain transferable, practical knowledge and skills in management practices such as planning, design, marketing, human resource and volunteer management, sponsorship, catering management, budgeting, risk management, and event evaluation - for in-person or online/virtual events. Faculty are chosen for their expertise and experience in the event management field and many continue to work in the industry.

Courses Program Standards

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Create, plan, and design an event to meet organizational and/or client needs.

  2. Coordinate event site logistics, and staging, to achieve the event objectives.

  3. Plan, promote and produce marketing plans and communications for events that meet organizational and/or client objectives.

  4. Coordinate staff, contractors and volunteers to deliver the desired results of an event.

  5. Manage the financial aspects of an event to meet event objectives.

  6. Manage the business operations for administration, procurement, and oversight of event projects, to meet organization and/or client needs.

  7. Develop strategies to mitigate risk and liability to ensure the safety and security of participants during an event.

  8. Conduct oneself in an ethical and professional manner with clients, contractors and participants of events in order to create positive experiences and relationships.

  9. Formulate strategies that support intercultural awareness and inclusion to create events that meet the needs of diverse populations.

  10. Select industry standard technology platforms, systems, tools and applications to support the planning and operation of events.

  11. Develop and implement funding mechanisms to support event objectives such as sponsorship programs, fundraising initiatives, and/or grants.

  12. Engage in ongoing learning for professional and career growth.


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Work Placement

Gain hands-on experience in the industry with a work placement that will give you the opportunity to apply in a real business what you have learned in the classroom. Students initiate the placement with the aid of faculty, targeting companies in the Greater Toronto Area. A 160-hour (minimum) work placement may be completed full time in the third semester.

The Humber Experience

Whether it is a connection with music festivals, corporate meeting planning, fundraising or not for profit experiential marketing, students in this program come into classroom and find like-minded people who love to plan, organize, create, execute, manage and excel in the world of events. It is a dynamic fast paced, adrenalin-based career that when done right makes the work look effortless. Taught by industry experts who have the credentials to deliver content at the postgraduate level, this comprehensive program curriculum is layered with industry-focused assignments that give the experience necessary to work in this growing field.

Capstone video

Watch the video to hear alumni share their Capstone Events experience and discuss the transition from being a student into an industry professional.

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Watch the video of "Picture This" above to see an example of a Capstone project.

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Watch the video to hear Event Management student McKensey discuss planning the Kick-Off to Canada Day event at Humber.

A culminating event is put on by students at an off campus venue to raise money for local charities and for the Event Management Scholarship Fund. Students work in groups to develop unique and professional events. Each group is required to prepare and present 2 event proposals for faculty selection. One event per group is selected and students spend approximately 12 weeks bringing the event to fruition. The CAPSTONE event is the culminating event in the program, allowing students to apply the learning outcomes from each course. 

Student Testimonial

"Exercises like the mock interviews, creating our brand, making us go outside of our comfort level to networking events, and conducting an interview with an industry professional have all helped in preparing us for the working world. I felt a great change in myself both personally and professionally. Confidence was key to completing our capstone projects, to create a damn good resume and kill it in interviews before landing an amazing internship!!" 

– Kelly, Event Management Graduate

Your Career

The event industry is a rapidly growing segment of virtually every sector of society. Events are part of public, not-for-profit, charitable, private and corporate sectors. The events industry is used to stimulate economies, increase tourism, develop community awareness, increase public involvement, enhance education, improve quality of life, generate revenue and market products. Professional event managers, working with stakeholders, are required to plan, organize, staff, direct, co-ordinate and evaluate events that meet client needs.

Potential areas of employment available to graduates include tourism and economic development; arts and culture; wedding planning; sports and recreation; meeting and convention planning; business associations; entertainment; municipal, provincial and federal governments; not-for-profit and charitable organizations; trade shows and expositions; hospitality and travel; community organizations; and convention centres. Entry-level positions include event co-ordinator, marketing assistant, special events organizer, promotion co-ordinator, account representative, trade show planner, conference co-ordinator and corporate meeting planner.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Certification Opportunities

Qualified students have the opportunity to earn the following certifications as part of the program:

  • Smart Serve Ontario Responsible Alcohol Beverage Service
  • CannSell

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • A bachelor’s degree

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees

The 2022-2023 fee for three semesters is:

  • domestic: $5,611.28
  • international: $18,058.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

Students are also required to complete and pay for their Smart Serve and CannSell certifications (for a total cost of $125).

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

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How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

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