Tennessee has very few event planning degree options. The state contains two colleges that offer programs with meeting and event planning curricula. Students may choose to take individual coursework rather than complete an entire program.
Located in Nashville, Belmont University offers students bachelor's degree programs related to public relations. Students are required to complete 30 hours for the public relations management major but can then personalize their study through elective courses. Individual public relations courses additionally offer students the chance to take a standalone course in event planning. In both of these circumstances, the course is worth three credits.
Middle Tennessee State University
Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro provides a Bachelor of Science in Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies with a specialization in event planning. Students interested in planning events from meetings and conferences to weddings and ceremonies can benefit from this option. A sample course includes program planning in leisure, sport, and tourism, where students are introduced to the demands created by the industry and discover how to plan and form services that satisfy these needs. A total of 120 credit hours is required for program completion.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Event Planning Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees|
|Belmont University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Individual Course in Event Planning,
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Public Relations Management with an Event Planning elective
|$1,140 per credit hour (2016-2017)*|
|Middle Tennessee State University||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Science in Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies with a Specialization in Event Planning||$8,080 (in-state); $24,808 (out-of-state)**|
Sources: *Belmont University, **National Center for Education Statistics