Event Planning Certificate Programs in Texas with School Info

Texas currently contains 6 schools that offer event planning programs. Learn about the certificates, tuition info and program options for these 6 schools to make an informed education decision.

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Event Planning Certificate Programs in Texas

Texas currently offers 6 event planning certificate programs from a wide variety of community colleges and universities. The certificate programs vary in length and courses. Topics covered during the programs include meeting and event planning, food and beverage operations, hospitality management and wedding planning.

Austin Community College District

Situated in Austin, this school allows students to earn a certificate in meeting and event planning. The program can be completed full time in 2 semesters. Required courses for the program include hospitality marketing and sales, catering, legal issues and computers in hospitality. A 'C' grade or better is required in every course.

Collin County Community College District

Collin County Community College District is located in McKinney and awards a certificate in meetings and event management to its graduates. The program consists of 24-26 credit hours and can be finished in 2 semesters. Courses include special events design, hospitality marketing and food/beverage operations. An elective course is also available.

Lone Star College - North Harris

This school's North Harris campus is located in Houston. The college offers a wedding planner certificate program. Students can learn about relevant event planning skills like securing vendors, budgeting events and decorating venues. The program provides 40 contact hours and is sponsored by the Wedding Planning Institute.

Richland College

Richland College is located in Dallas and offers a certificate program in meetings and event management. Courses cover topics such as customer sales and service, convention management and special events design. Students must accumulate 224 hours to graduate.

Texas A&M University - College Station

Texas A&M University - College Station, located in College Station, provides a certificate program in professional event management. This program is only open to students who are currently enrolled in a degree program at the university. Individuals are required to complete service hours in a volunteer setting. Elective courses allow students to pursue areas of their own interest. Students may learn about managing festivals, fairs and tourism programs.

University of North Texas

Situated in Denton, this university provides students with a graduate certificate program in event management through its School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management. The certificate program is also offered online. Students may count applicable program credits towards a Master of Science program. Required courses include service excellence, promotional strategies and event management.

School Comparison Table

School Name School Type & Setting Event Planning Certificate Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)
Austin Community College District 2-year, public; large city Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning $2,340 (in-district); $7,200 (in-state); $9,720 (out-of-state)*
Collin County Community College District 2-year, public; large city Certificate in Meetings and Event Management $1,024 (in-district); $2,044 (in-state); $3,694 (out-of-state)*
Lone Star College - North Harris 2-year, public; small suburb Wedding Planner Certificate $902 (program cost)**
Richland College 2-year, public; large city Certificate in Meetings and Event Management $1,350 (in-district); $2,490 (in-state); $3,960 (out-of-state)*
Texas A&M University - College Station 4-year, public; rural Certificate in Professional Event Management $8,506 (in-state); $25,035 (out-of-state)*
University of North Texas 4-year, public; midsized city Certificate in Event Management $8,357 (in-state); $16,781 (out-of-state)*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Lone Star College - North Harris.

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