Event Planning Certificate
Nearly every kind of organization has a need to create and manage events, from corporations to political organizations, nonprofits to sports teams. In fact, there are dozens of employees just on the University of Iowa campus whose roles include a significant amount of event planning.
The Certificate in Event Planning provides students with an opportunity to learn about the profession of event planning. It combines experiential learning with academic coursework, resulting in students who have the practical and intellectual skills to succeed in this growing industry.
This certificate will potentially fit within any undergraduate major, combining its core courses with electives from the four contributing units. In this way, the certificate is both interdisciplinary and intercollegiate. The certificate is open to undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students. It can also be completed entirely online.
Courses and Requirements
Course work includes two core courses along with a minimum of 12 focused elective hours. A list of approved courses can be found here.
As a significant part of their focused educational experience, students will complete a 3 s.h. internship at an organization that has significant event planning needs. To qualify, internships must take place after a student has completed the certificate’s two core courses. Internships may take place in any location and must add up to at least 135 clock hours during the academic session. To earn course credit, students will complete a series of surveys allowing them to reflect on their experiences.
The Certificate in Event Planning program is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication serving as its administrative home.
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences students:
CLAS Academic Programs and Services Office
120 Schaeffer Hall
Tippie College of Business Undergraduate Program Office
C140 Pappajohn Business Building