Event Management

Offered as: major, minor

Event Management brochure (PDF)

Event Management course catalog

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management department site »

More than ever, companies and individuals are relying on experienced, professional event managers to coordinate conferences, weddings, festivals, and other special occasions. You’ll study trend analysis, hospitality, and resource management to organize momentous gatherings on time and within budget.

Strengths of the program

The Event Management program, part of the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management, provides curriculum and hands-on training in one of the nation’s hottest job fields.

Students in the Event Management program learn from the best. Our faculty members are experts in a wide range of areas related to hospitality, food service, catering, promotion, brand management, trend analysis, resource management, and finances.

Event Management students also have unique opportunities to gain valuable experience and internal internships for events unique to the ISU campus, such as the prestigious ISU Fashion Show and events related to the athletics department, the alumni association, ISU Dining/catering, the Greek system, Dance Marathon, and VEISHEA.

Curriculum requirements

4-year plans

Syllabi - current and past courses

Scholarships and financial aid

Event Management majors, as part of the AESHM department, need only complete one College of Human Sciences online application to automatically apply for all college and departmental scholarships. The application is generally available from November through February.

Career possibilities

  • Event coordinator
  • Event manager
  • Wedding planner
  • Special events coordinator
  • Meeting planner
  • Cruise event director
  • Conference planner

To do now: ways to prepare for this program

Seek out opportunities to be involved in the planning of events for your high school, church, local charity, library, community, etc.

Student organizations and learning communities

Related majors and minors


Internships are available with hotels, caterers, independent businesses, and country clubs to name just a few of the opportunities you will find. Other internships and experience can be gained on the ISU campus. Contact the adviser for more information about the opportunities that await you in this exciting field!

Learn about Event Management student internship experiences at Career Connections.


The Event Management faculty are well-versed experts in the field of hospitality, event planning, food and beverage management, and business finance. Their networks of industry professionals will benefit students as they look for internships and entry-level jobs.

Graduate degrees

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