November 8, 2018

NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality Launches New MS in Event Management

Program Addresses the Need for Managers with Advanced Skills in in the Expanding Global Meeting and Conference Marketplace

NEW YORK, November 8, 2018 — Over the past two decades, the event industry has undergone a period of rapid growth. As the field has evolved, the need for a specialized, skilled workforce has become increasingly apparent. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the occupation of “meeting, convention, and event planner” will see a higher than average growth rate of 10% by 2024.

Recognizing the mounting urgency for global meeting management professionals, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality recently launched the MS in Event Management (MSEM). The inaugural class will enter in Fall 2019, with applications already being accepted.

“The MS in Event Management delivers a cutting-edge curriculum, focused on the broad array of skills that event managers require in this fast-growing, globalized industry. It prepares students for event management roles across private, public, and nonprofit organizations,” noted Nicolas Graf, associate dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality.

“Students have a tremendous advantage studying event management in NYC,” added Lynn Minnaert, academic director and a clinical associate professor at the Tisch Center, and a driving force behind the development of the program. “There are so many world-renowned venues including Madison Square Garden and the Jacob Javits Convention Center to name just a few. Annual events, such as the US Open, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the New York International Auto Show, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, and New Year’s Eve in Times Square, attract millions of visitors each year. All of these require the knowledge and skills of seasoned event managers.”

The 36-credit MSEM combines a solid business core curriculum with specialized event electives in business development, sports, and other event management niches. The program features a required internship at a top hotel or event venue, and a consulting practicum capstone in which students can apply skills, knowledge, and experience in a practical setting. Students can complete the degree within 1.5 years of full-time study, or two to three years of part-time study, and can take courses online and/or in a traditional classroom setting. NYUSPS faculty members who are also practicing industry experts will teach the courses. 

About the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality

The NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality has prepared global leaders in the dynamic, expanding industries of travel, tourism, and hospitality for more than 20 years. With widely recognized, cutting-edge undergraduate and graduate degree and noncredit Career Advancement Courses and Professional Diplomas, as well as a deep commitment to integrating theory with practice, the NYUSPS Tisch Center is the perfect environment in which to embark upon an academic journey that prepares professionals for careers in hospitality and tourism. Students have access to the extraordinary resources of New York University, one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions. Tisch Center students benefit not only from the expertise of dedicated full-time faculty members, but also from adjunct faculty members and guest lecturers who are renowned in their fields, unparalleled access to industry leaders, invaluable site visits and study away opportunities, and highly successful global alumni who serve as mentors. Through rigorous curricula, applicable research, and a hands-on approach to learning, students gain the preparation, knowledge, and skills sought by employers. For more information about the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, visit

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies ( is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for industry focused education and applied research that is related to key knowledge-based fields where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Economic and Urban Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime; Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism Management; Humanities; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages; Management and Systems; Marketing; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Business; and Translation.

More than 80 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates nearly 5,400 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by over 18,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Certificates, and Diploma Programs. The School’s community is enriched by nearly 25,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit

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