Event Planning Degree Programs in Charlotte, NC with Course Info

Sep 23, 2018

Less than 10 miles from Charlotte, NC, are three schools that have event planning programs. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

Charlotte, NC, Schools with Event Planning Programs

Students interested in learning how to plan events might consider a program in meeting planning or hospitality management, as well as event planning. Several schools in Charlotte, NC, have certificate and degree programs in these fields, and institutional information can be found in the table provided below. Overviews of the programs are also included, followed by details on an alternative school option.

  • Central Piedmont Community College is located less than two miles from downtown Charlotte and has certificate and degree programs in sales and events and hospitality management, as well as a 60-hour course for future event planners.
  • Johnson and Wales University - Charlotte is located a few blocks from downtown and offers a bachelor's degree program in sports, entertainment and event management.
  • A meeting and event planning certificate program is available through the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's continuing education division, which is located at the school's center city campus, right in downtown.

Comparison of Schools

Find out how much it can cost to earn a certificate or degree in event planning and hospitality management. Compare enrollment figures and acceptance rates, and see which school had the highest percentage of first-year students who received financial aid in 2017.

Central Piedmont Community College Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte University of North Carolina at Charlotte
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; private, not-for-profit 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 19,100* 1,892* 29,317*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $2,792 in-state; $8,936 out-of-state* $31,508* $6,832 in-state; $20,266 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2017) 60%* 100%* 76%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) Open admissions N/A 84%* 66%*
Retention Rate (2017) 55%* 67%* 83%*
Graduation Rate 17% (students beginning in fall 2014)* 57% (students beginning in fall 2011)* 54% (students beginning in fall 2011)*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

Central Piedmont Community College

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) offers three programs for those interested in event planning careers. Certificate and degree programs are available through the school's hospitality education department, while a career training course is offered through the CPCC corporate and continuing education division.

Certificate in Sales and Events

This program trains future event planners with the skills necessary for planning and managing events and conventions. Some of the classes in the 17-credit program include club and resort management, sanitation and safety, menu design, hospitality marketing and hospitality etiquette. Additionally, graduates can apply the credits earned during the certificate program toward the hospitality management associate's degree program.

Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management

With training in hospitality management, students can be qualified to work in event planning and management. This 74-credit associate's degree program at CPCC trains students for careers at resorts, restaurants and hotels. Some studies include meeting and event planning, club and resort management, legal issues in hospitality, cost control and hospitality marketing.

Fundamentals of Event Planning Course

This introductory course trains students about sales and marketing, food and beverage management, creative design, entertainment and logistics, which are all useful tools for event and meeting planners. During the 60-hour course, students have the opportunity to observe a real-life event or meeting.

Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte

Johnson & Wales University (JWU) emphasizes career training in the fields of engineering, business, nutrition, hospitality, and culinary arts. JWU in Charlotte offers a bachelor's degree program in sports, entertainment and event management.

Bachelor of Science in Sports, Entertainment and Event Management

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program prepares students interested in event management for work in the sports and entertainment industries. Some of the major required courses during the 4-year program include negotiations and agreements, ticket sales and media relations, as well as an internship. Students could also take classes in an area of interest, such as event production, and wedding planning.

Internships at the school have been performed for professional sports teams, convention centers and resorts.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC - Charlotte) offers a certificate program in meeting and event planning through its continuing education division. This program may be attractive to new and experienced event planners, as well as travel agents, meeting managers and hotel managers.

Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning

This 9-session certificate program trains students in such topics as meeting management, special events, fundraising, weddings, non-profit events and trade show events. It is a basic program, but also includes information on current trends for those already working in the hospitality industry.

Other School Option

Livingstone College is a historically black college located in Salisbury, NC, less than 40 miles north of Charlotte. Livingstone offers programs through its hospitality management department and encourages students to participate in the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality. Students interested in event planning might consider the school's B.S. in Hospitality Management program or the certificate program in event planning.

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