Schools with an Event Planning Major: Info on How to Choose a College

Aspiring event planners should know that while bachelor's degree programs in the field could provide graduates with a competitive edge in the workplace, such formal education is not explicitly necessary to secure a job. Event planning is more commonly offered as a certificate program. Available bachelor's degree programs in event planning typically have a tourism emphasis.

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Since bachelor's programs in event planning can be hard to find, students might consider applying to a tourism or hospitality management bachelor's program, offered at many four-year universities, which covers event planning. See schools that offer these programs, as well as criteria for helping students select the right school for them.

Schools for Event Planning

The following 4-year institutions offer bachelor's degree programs in the field:

College/University Location Institution Type Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 4-year, Public $6,368 (In-state) $22,467 (Out-of-state)
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 4-year, Public $14,171 (In-state) $30,504 (Out-of-state)
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 4-year, Public $9,056 (In-state) $29,744 (Out-of-state)
Johnson & Wales University Providence, RI 4-year, Private $29,566
Roosevelt University Chicago, IL 4-year, Private $27,300

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

College Selection Criteria

Students should consider the following when trying to find the right event planning program for them:

  • Certain schools may offer more event planning electives than others, allowing for greater specialization.
  • Interested students may opt to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management, which is more common and still includes many facets of event planning in the curriculum.
  • Find out what practicum or internship opportunities a school has.
  • Consider the financial differences between a public and private institution that offers the program.

Bachelor's Degree in Event Planning

Offered as a combination degree alongside such areas of study as tourism, leisure and conventions, a bachelor's degree program in event planning prepares students to host, cater and plan large events. Business skills and tourism knowledge are major focus areas. Graduates may find work as festival or concert promoters, cruise directors, resort managers, tourism directors or wedding planners.

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

More commonly found than event planning at the undergraduate level, it is designed for students pursuing careers as management in the hospitality industry, specifically hotels, restaurants, casinos and banquet facilities. Typical coursework includes business-oriented material within the food and beverage industry.

Bachelor's degree programs in event planning or hospitality management are available at several public and private institutions. Students should consider program specializations and internship opportunities as they search for a school to attend.

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