What Is the Best School to Learn Event Planning?

Event planners plan local events that include weddings, conferences or parties, and they may even plan international events. Learn about the top schools in event planning and find out what to expect from degree programs at each. Schools offering Hospitality Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are Some of the Best Schools for Event Planning?

Although event planning degree programs are limited, you may find event, trade show and conference planning studies at schools with hospitality and tourism programs as well as through associations such as the Professional Convention Management Association. You might want a program that qualifies you as an International Special Events Society Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP).

Two Top Event Planning Schools

University of Central Florida in Orlando

The University of Central Florida (UCF) tied at 165th on the U.S. News & World Report 's 2019 national university rankings. The Rosen College of Hospitality Management was the first in the nation to offer a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Event Management.

You could study abroad at partner institutions as an exchange student. You could also join the 4-semester UCF Research and Mentoring program as well as showcase your project in the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence. Graduate students might explore event management within a certificate program in hospitality management or Rosen's master's and doctoral programs in hospitality and tourism management. You could complete these undergraduate programs specific to event planning:

  • Bachelor of Science in Event Management

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) tied for 30th among U.S. News & World Report 's 2019 top public schools list.

The Pamplin College of Business offers students the opportunity to major in hospitality and tourism management within its B.S. in Business Administration degree program. If you take this major you can choose hospitality event management as an optional area of emphasis. You could study abroad and participate in the VT Faculty Led Programs or do a full immersion as an exchange student.

Master's (M.S. now offered at the Northern Virginia Capital Region campus only) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree programs offer flexible independent research options that could include event management. The Master of Science in Business Administration (MSBA) program at Virginia Tech's Falls Church campus allows specialization in hospitality and tourism management. You can earn the following degrees:

  • B.S. in Business Administration (Hospitality and Tourism Management major)
  • M.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Ph.D. in Business with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management

Ten Schools with Hospitality and Tourism Programs

College/University Institution Type LocationEstimated Undergrad In-State Tuition*
Kansas State University4-year, Public Manhattan, KS$10,000
Central Michigan University 4-year, Public Mount Pleasant, MI$13,000
Johnson & Wales University 4-year, Private Providence, RI$32,000
University of Houston 4-year, Public Houston, TX$9,000
Purdue University 4-year, Public West Lafayette, IN$10,000
University of Massachusetts Amherst 4-year, Public Amherst, MA$16,000
University of Nevada - Las Vegas 4-year, Public Las Vegas, NV$8,000
Oklahoma State University 4-year, Public Oklahoma City, OK$5,000
College of the Ozarks 4-year, Private Point Lookout, MO$19,000
Iowa State University 4-year, Public Ames, IA$9,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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