States that attract large numbers of tourists are often home to universities and community colleges that have large, well-developed event planning programs.
Schools with Event Planning Programs
The following are examples of schools which offer degrees and certificates focusing on event planning, specifically. Other schools may still offer courses within a hospitality management major.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Program Levels Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-6)|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Undergraduate Certificate||$2,834 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state|
|University of Central Florida||Orlando, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's degree||$6,368 in-state, $22,467 out-of-state|
|Northern Virginia Community College||Annandale, VA||2-year, Public||Undergraduate Certificate||$5,138 in-state, $11,055 out-of-state|
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$2,805 in-state, $9,450 out-of-state|
|Florida International University||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$6,556 in-state, $18,954 out-of-state|
School Selection Criteria
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. 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.
When seeking an education in event planning, you may find certificates, associate's degrees, or bachelor's degrees at different schools. In your selection, take location and offered opportunities into consideration.