Event Management

Event management is a growing career field. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, reports demand for event managers is expected to grow 10 percent between 2016 and 2026 – faster than for all occupations. Iowa State has the only four-year event management major in the state of Iowa and one of only a few in the Midwest.

Students in the Event Management major 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.

Being on the ISU campus provides Event Management students with unique opportunities to gain valuable experience and internal internships:

  • Students can be involved with the annual ISU Fashion Show — one of the largest student-produced fashion shows in the nation.
  • Other opportunities to hone event planning skills include the athletics department, the alumni association, ISU Dining/catering, the Greek system, and Dance Marathon.


Program Information

Curriculum requirements

Event Management curriculum requirements 2018-19 (PDF)

Event Management curriculum requirements 2017-18 (PDF)

Event Management curriculum requirements 2016-17 (PDF)

Event Management curriculum requirements 2015-16 (PDF)

Event Management curriculum requirements 2014-15 (PDF)

Event Management curriculum requirements 2013-14 (PDF)

4-year plans

Event Management 4-year plan 2018-19 (PDF)

Event Management 4-year plan 2017-18 (PDF)

Event Management 4-year plan 2016-17 (PDF)

Event Management 4-year plan 2015-16 (PDF)

Event Management 4-year plan 2014-15 (PDF)

Event Management 4-year plan 2013-14 (PDF)


The minor Event Management can be earned by taking 15 credits total:


  • EVENT 271: Public Relations & Event Management (3 credits)
  • EVENT 371x: Conference & Meeting Planning (3 credits)
  • EVENT 471: Special Events Coordination (3 credits)

Select a balance from:

  • AESHM 287: Principles of Mgmt. in Human Sciences (3 credits)
  • AESHM 311: Seminar on Careers & Internships (1 credit)
  • AESHM 340: Marketing Strategies 3 credits)
  • AESHM 342: Aesthetics of Consumer Experience (3 credits)
  • AESHM 470: Internship 3-6 credits) (311 pre-req)
  • AESHM 474: Entrepreneurship in Human Sciences (3 credits)

Related majors and minors

Hospitality Management minor

Entrepreneurial Studies minor

Business minor

Journalism minor


Accelerated Degree Option

An accelerated degree option is available for the event management program.

Get Involved

Learning Communities

The transition to life at Iowa State University can be overwhelming at times. The freshman and transfer learning communities within AESHM provide new students with a core group of peers in similar classes. Incoming Event Management students can participate in the following learning communities:


Adult Non-traditional Students (ANTS)

Clubs and Organizations

Connect with people who share similar interests across the ISU campus.

Visit AESHM’s related clubs and organizations page.

International Programs

Event Management study abroad programs

The Event Management program offers a Study Abroad Short over winter break in Dubai to learn the Arabic culture and see the similarity and differences between event and hospitality management in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). If you are looking for an international experience tailored to your major, contact your adviser to discuss what program fits best with your academic plan.

Study abroad opportunities

There are study abroad programs in a number of countries, and a visit to the International Programs Office can provide information for each.

College of Human Sciences International Programs

Careers and Internships

An Event Management degree can lead to these types of careers:

Career possibilities

  • Special events coordinator
  • Meeting planner
  • Cruise event director
  • Conference services manager
  • Hotel guest services manager
  • Trade show/exhibit director

Careers Services

Students and alumni are eligible to contact career services in the College of Human Sciences for assistance in these areas:

  • Job search materials such as resumes and cover letters
  • Job and internship search strategies
  • Interviewing skills

Internship Opportunities

Internships are available with various event planning firms. Visit our Career and Internship page to learn how to get started.

Past internship experiences

View previous event management student internship experiences in Career Connections.


Facilities and Laboratories

Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom is a teaching operation in a hands on learning lab that serves just under 100 guests. The Quantity Food Production and Service Management Experience class operates the Tearoom. It is a non-profit, approximately 100-seat learning laboratory. Meal service is provided for faculty, staff, students, and visitors.