Hospitality Management: Meeting and Event Planning, Specialized Diploma



Northampton's Meeting and Event Planning diploma prepares you to effectively plan, organize and manage events and meetings on a variety of scale and splendor. Our graduates are employed in positions such as meeting planners, event coordinators, sales coordinators, banquet/convention services manager, or catering supervisor.


The specialized diploma in Meeting and Event Planning prepares the student for employment in event management, meeting planning, convention sales, and positions in hotels and resorts. The curriculum exposes students to the basic tenants of guest service, leadership, communication, teamwork and problem solving. The program teaches students basic meeting, convention and special event management skills needed for success in this highly electrifying and dynamic industry. The diploma program and its content were developed with extensive input from the industry experts.

Career Potential: junior event planner, junior meeting planner, destination management administrative assistant, wedding/social event assistant, conference/convention services administrative assistant, special events/entertainment associate, and festival associate.


Graduates of the program will:

  • Acquire and correctly use general industry information, technical skills, and certifications for employment in the hospitality industry.
  • Listen and effectively communicate in a positive, professional, and ethical manner with customers and colleagues of diverse backgrounds.
  • Display a professional image, positive attitude, strong work ethic, and recognize your role in the success of the organization where you are employed.
  • Read and accurately interpret standard indicators of the organization's financial health.
  • Use appropriate technology for written communication, information gathering, and data analysis to facilitate smooth operation of a hospitality organization.
  • Demonstrate leadership and supervisory skills, and an appreciation of diversity to support the organization and its goals.
  • Use organization and flexibility, as a team, to complete tasks, make decisions, and problem solve in a timely manner.
  • Utilize research and problem-solving techniques to employ "out of the box" critical thinking skills in a variety of hospitality situations.


First Semester

COLS101College Success

1 credits

HOSP101Introduction to the Hospitality Industry

3 credits

MEPL112Meeting and Convention Management

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:7

Second Semester

HOSP105Enhancing Guest Service

3 credits

MEPL122Special Event Management

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Third Semester

HOSP130Convention Services & Catering

3 credits

HOSP215Hospitality Sales & Marketing

3 credits

MEPL132Event Promotion and Sponsorship

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:9

Fourth Semester

HOSP201Strategic Leadership in Hospitality

3 credits

MEPL143Event and Meeting Facilities Management

3 credits

MEPL147Business of Social Events and Wedding Consulting

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:9

Total Credit Hours: 31