Best Event Planning Schools: List of Top U.S. Schools

Read about the best event planning schools at top U.S. colleges and universities. See school rankings, degree possibilities and location info to compare and contrast your school choices.

School Information

Event planners arrange a variety of activities, from meetings and conventions to social events like sport competitions and weddings. Below, you'll look at two schools that offer event planning studies at the undergraduate level. Both schools have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

1. Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont

School Highlight: Online graduate certificates can be completed in less than a year.

School offers an online Advanced Management Graduate Certificate. Students can choose a handful of courses to accumulate the required 15 credits in order to complete this graduate level professional certificate. Courses included Financial Decision Making for Management and Leadership and Planned Change. U.S. News & World Report ranked Champlain as the fourteenth best school in the northern region in 2015.

2. Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan

School Highlight: The school's Hospitality and Tourism Management branch offers employment opportunities for graduates.

The school's meeting and event management concentration is available through its bachelor's degree program in hospitality and tourism management. The Meeting and Event Management program requires 15 credits, including a minimum of 6 credits in elective courses, such as Responsible Beverage Management and Festival and Special Event Management. U.S. News & World Report ranked Grand Valley State University as the twenty-sixth best school in the midwestern region in 2015

Top U.S. Schools with Event Planning Programs

College/University Name Distinction Location
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona University offers a Master of Science degree in hospitality management; only program of its kind in the state Pomona, CA
College of the Ozarks Concentration in Hotel and Restaurant Management - B.A. or B.S. Point Lookout, MO
Ferris State University Certificates, Bachelor's, Associate's and Minor degree programs in a multitude of areas of study Big Rapids, MI
Florida International University Bachelor's degree program in hospitality management is available in online and face-to-face formats Miami, FL
Florida State University Graduate, Undergraduate and Certificate programs Tallahassee, FL
Johnson & Wales University Students can earn a bachelor's degree in sports/entertainment/event management at campuses in North Miami, Denver, Charlotte and Providence Providence, RI
University of Denver School offers on-campus major event center where students can get hands-on experience Denver, CO
University of Massachusetts Amherst Isenberg School of Management offers B.S. in HTM, online B.S. in HTM, Ph.D. in HTM, and Certificate programs Amherst, MA
University of South Carolina - Columbia University has three student organizations related to tourism management that allow students to network Columbia, SC
Washington State University International business and hospitality students can spend the summer studying in Switzerland Pullman, WA

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