Which Well-Known Colleges Offer Majors in Event Planning?

While you may not need a degree to get started as a professional event planner, completing a formal education program allows you to develop the skills and knowledge to excel in the field. Read on to learn about program options at three good schools and what you can expect to learn. Review a list of ten additional schools offering degrees in Hospitality/Event Planning Management. Schools offering Hospitality Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look For in a School with an Event Planning Program?

When selecting a school for event planning, be aware that event planning is also referred to as hospitality or tourism management. Schools that offer experimental learning opportunities with hotels, tour companies, or conference centers are ideal. Also, review the experience level of faculty members and find out if there is an active alumni network--alumni are good networking sources. The core coursework for this area of study should include logistics, organizational and human resources management and financial accounting.

What Are Three of the Top Colleges Offering Majors in Event Planning?

Iowa State University in Ames, IA

Iowa State University was named one of the best colleges in the Midwest in 2019 by the Princeton Review. A part of the Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management Department, the Bachelor of Science in Event Management program at Iowa State University allows you to gain an understanding of current trends and logistical administration techniques in the field. Your studies focus on general business principles as well as more specific event preparatory work in areas like food and beverage management, contract negotiations, and meeting technology. Event management majors are also required to complete an internship in the field. As a student at the university, you can opt to participate in organizations like the Event Management Club.

  • Bachelor of Science in Event Management

University of Massachusetts - Amherst in Amherst, MA

The Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst was ranked tied for 44th in U.S. News & World Report's Best Undergraduate Business Programs category in 2019. The Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management has roots dating back to 1938 when a 2-year food management program was developed. Now, the department provides a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management with five concentration options, including one in tourism, convention, and event management. In this area of study, you'll learn to plan for everything from small special occasion events to large convention center meetings. You can also participate in student clubs including the Meeting and Event Managers Association and Food and Beverage Management Association.

  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Hospitality and Tourism Management

University of Nevada - Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV

Due to its location in Las Vegas, this university provides a ready-made environment for hands-on learning in event planning. Through a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration program with a major in meetings and events management, you'll gain skills in event site selection and marketing. Many classes are offered both online and in the classroom. You may also benefit from the resources available through the university's Caesars Hospitality Research Center, which supports research in the field, hosts events, and fosters relationships between students and professors as well as researchers and professionals in the field.

  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management; Concentration in Gaming Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management; Concentration in Meetings and Events
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management; Concentration in PGA Golf Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management; Concentration in Restaurant Management
  • Executive Master of Hospitality Administration
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Hospitality Administration

Schools with Hospitality/Event Planning Programs

College/University Institution TypeLocationEstimated Undergrad In-State Tuition*
George Washington University 4-year, Private Washington, DC$55,000
Colorado State University 4-year, Public Greenwood Village, CO$8,000
Pennsylvania State University 4- year, Public University Park, PA$18,000
New York University4- year, Private New York, NY$52,000
Drexel University 4- year, Private Philadelphia, PA$53,000
Ohio State University 4- year, Public Columbus, OH$11,000
Endicott College 4-year, Private Beverly, Massachusetts$33,000
Lynn University4-year, Private Boca Raton, Florida$38,000
University of Central Florida4- year, Public Orlando, Florida$6,000
Indiana University Purdue University4- year, Public Indianapolis, IN$9,000

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

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