According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, meeting, convention and event planners typically have an undergraduate degree and work experience. Students in Nevada may choose from formal education programs in the field leading to a certificate, associate's degree, or bachelor's degree. In these schools, event planning coursework and concentrations are included in hotel and hospitality management. Some concentration courses included in the baccalaureate program may be completed online. Customizable master's programs in hospitality management are also available at one school.
In the state of Nevada, there are only 11 public and private not-for-profit schools. Profiled below are the two public schools offering coursework or concentrations in event planning.
College of Southern Nevada
The College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas has 3 programs that contain courses prospective event planners could use in their careers. The Associate of Arts in Hospitality Management degree program explores information systems, the lodging industry, food service sanitation, statistics, hospitality purchasing and hospitality accounting. Students looking for an alternative program might pursue a hotel management major in a Certificate of Achievement or an Associate of Applied Science program. The content is similar in each program, but associate's degree students need to complete general education classes. Students can expect to take courses on hotel, restaurant and casino marketing, financial accounting, travel and tourism, human resources management in the hospitality industry and front office operations.
University of Nevada - Las Vegas
Located in Las Vegas, the University of Nevada - Las Vegas offers a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management with a concentration in meetings and events management. Many of the concentration courses are available online and students can study special event management, festivals and meeting planning. While event planning jobs typically don't require a graduate degree, students who are interested in learning more about the hospitality industry can choose to pursue a Master of Science in Hotel Administration, a Master of Hospitality Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy in Hospitality Administration. There are also dual degree options that can allow students to earn a Master of Science in Management Information Systems or a Master of Business Administration, alongside the master's degree in hotel administration.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Event Planning Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|College of Southern Nevada||4-year, public; large city|| Certificate of Achievement in Hotel Management,
Associate of Arts in Hospitality Management,
Associate of Applied Science in Hotel Management
| $2,805 (in-state)*
|University of Nevada - Las Vegas||4-year, public; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management|| $6,943 (in-state)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator