Schools for Event Planning in the U.S.

Aspiring event planners who are looking for the right education will have the option of an associate's degree program or a bachelor's degree program. Read on to see what you should consider when choosing an event planning program, and to view some event planning programs in U.S. schools.

How to Select an Event Planning School

Two degree options exist for prospective students who wish to enter into the event planning field. These include an associate's degree in event planning and a bachelor's degree in event planning and management. States that attract large numbers of tourists are often home to universities and community colleges that have large, well-developed event planning programs.

Remember the following as you choose an event planning school:

  • A bachelor's degree takes four years to complete, but it better positions graduates for jobs in the hospitality industry than an associate's degree.
  • School location matters, since schools located in tourist-oriented states may have more developed programs and more abundant internship options.
  • Real-world experience in an internship with a local hotel or resort can help ease the transition into finding a job, and employers often favor candidates with hands-on experience in the field.

10 Schools with Event Planning Programs

College/University Institution Type
Miami Dade College 4-year, primarily associate's, Public
University of Central Florida 4-year, Public
Michigan State University 4-year, Public
University of South Florida 4-year, Public
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus 4-year, Public
Northern Virginia Community College 2-year, Public
Purdue University 4-year, Public
College of Southern Nevada 4-year, primarily associate's, Public
Tarrant County College District 2-year, Public
Florida International University 4-year, Public

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