Tourism, Conventions, & Event Management

A major in event tourism with career potential

The tourism, conventions, and event management (TCEM) degree allows detail-oriented individuals to call the shots in a fast-paced work environment that changes daily. This is a degree that takes you places, enriches lives, and creates memorable experiences for yourself and others.

You’ll study event management in and out of the classroom, run your own event, and get hands-on experience through extracurricular programs and internships at places like the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Visit Indy, the JW Marriott, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the 500 Festival.

These rich resources in the Indianapolis tourism, event, and hospitality industry—along with dedicated professors who have worked in the field—will give you the education and professional contacts you need to land an ideal job after your graduation.

Explore the tourism, conventions, and event management curriculum

What jobs are people landing after graduation?

  • Client services and events assistant
  • Coordinator
  • Development director
  • Director of social media
  • Event coordinator
  • Event operations manager
  • Event setup and inventory
  • Guest services manager
  • Meeting manager
  • Meetings and events coordinator
  • Operations assistant
  • Overseas marketer
  • Premium experience manager
  • Recreation coordinator
  • Senior convention services manager
  • Special events manager
  • Trackside travel and logistics specialist
  • Venue catering and sales manager
  • Venue coordinator

Where are people starting their careers after graduation?

  • Accent Indy
  • Arrow McLaren IndyCar
  • Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
  • Cummins, etc.
  • Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center
  • 500 Festival
  • Franklin College
  • Gainbridge Fieldhouse
  • Gatlinburg Convention Center
  • Harrison Lake Country Club
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Hotel Indy
  • Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
  • Indiana Soccer Association
  • Indiana State Fairgrounds
  • Indiana State Museum
  • Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • JW Marriott
  • Kidscommons
  • Marian University
  • National FFA Convention and Exposition
  • Niedhammer
  • Omni Hotels & Resorts
  • Thomas Caterers of Distinction
  • VisionLoft
  • Visit Indy


Thrilling events, endless opportunities

A student participates in a school-hosted networking event with Indianapolis professionals and alumni

Learn by doing

You'll put your education to work and gain real-world experience volunteering and interning at high-profile events, sports franchises, hotels, museums, and large organizations across Indianapolis.

Students present their business proposals at the department's senior showcase.

Earn a business certificate

Through a partnership with the Kelley School of Business, you'll earn a certificate covering the foundations of business, preparing you for an even wider range of career options.

A cruise line ship pictured off the coast.

Expand your horizons

From studying cruise line management, ecotourism, or the tourism industry of a foreign country, IUPUI's TESM study abroad program has opportunities designed just for you. 

Put your experience and education to work

What do TCEM graduates do?

TCEM graduates go on to do all sorts of things. The tourism, event, and hospitality industry is one of the world’s major industries, meaning there are hundreds of career possibilities. In 2018, 95 percent of our graduates reported starting jobs in their field of study. From directing corporate events, overseeing music festivals, or managing a hotel there are so many opportunities to lead to your dream job.

28.8 million

people visit Indy every year, fueling the local tourism industry according to Visit Indy.

7% growth

is projected over the next decade in meeting, conventions, and event planner employment according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.