Bachelor of Applied Management (Event Management)  Bachelor of Applied Management (Event Management)

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Degree Full time - 3 years, part time also available.

Annual Fees(indicative 2015)




$5,900 -$6,400 per year

Course related costs

Advised before enrolment

Programme Code



February, July





Application due

Received all year


Christchurch - Madras Street


Develop the specialist skills to ensure that entertainment, conferences and marketing events are run smoothly. Our in-depth qualification covers all the facets required to create and manage successful events.

In your first year of study you will develop knowledge in business strategies and operations with core studies in accounting, business communication, commercial law, business heritage, culture and sustainability, marketing, computing, management and applied research.

For the following two years we spotlight the skills, knowledge and abilities you need to become a proficient manager of events with studies including:

  • Event Logistics - Develops conceptual thinking, strategic planning and tactical skills.
  • Event Planning and Management - Uses current theory to plan, manage and evaluate events and conferences.
  • Project Management - Examines planning terminology and principles, and project plans created using MS Project®.
  • Event Marketing and Sponsorship - Covers planning, monitoring, evaluating and controlling funding arrangements.
  • Event Project - Create, plan, manage, and evaluate an event or event related project.

Cooperative Education Project - with this aspect of our programme you will work within a real business environment applying your learning for a minimum of 400 hours. You will also complete a significant research project for your host organisation.

Programme structure

To complete this Degree you are required to complete a minimum total of 360 credits. You must complete all 10 core courses of which there are 8 at level 5 and 2 at level 6.

Core courses
Elective Courses

You will need to complete the required courses in a major, three courses at Level 6 and two courses at Level 7. Five additional courses need to be completed which could be a second major, three courses at Level 6 and two courses at Level 7, or you will then choose five elective courses to the value of 75 credits at Level 5, 6 and 7. The remaining 60 credits go towards your industry project. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification. To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

It is important to note that if you are already working in this area you can apply to have your work experience recognised with credits towards this qualification. For more information contact the Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning via email or (03) 940 8214.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved* subjects and

    • Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing and
    • Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)

    Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (eg International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact CPIT for requirements.

    * NZQA approved subjects: see

Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. CPIT literacy and numeracy assessments are available.
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    • IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 6.0 in all subtests).For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
      Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an application form

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Your on-the-job experience may count towards part or even all of this qualification. To learn more, contact our Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning (CAPL) .

Career opportunities

A career in event management will take you from a novice event organiser to a proficient manager of events. You will develop a wide ranging understanding of event planning, including the scheduling of multiple facets of an event. In addition you will develop the logistical skills to manage event components.

Career opportunities include fundraising, conferences, festivals, arts and tourism event management, facility based event management, public relations, sponsorship and marketing.

Study pathways

Our Graduate Diploma in Event Management will extend your prospects in this sector.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Computing / ICT
  • Economics

Application documents

Level 5

Level 6

Level 7