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 16 percent between 2008 and 2018. The Event Management major at Iowa State University is the only four-year program of its kind 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:
Event Management curriculum requirements 2016-17 (PDF)
The minor Event Management can be earned by taking 15 credits total:
Select a balance from:
Related majors and minors
Accelerated Degree Option
An accelerated degree option is available for the event management program.
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:
Clubs and Organizations
Connect with people who share similar interests across the ISU campus.
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.
An Event Management degree can lead to these types of careers:
Students and alumni are eligible to contact career services in the College of Human Sciences for assistance in these areas:
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.
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