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Hospitality Management

Specialization in Event Planning

Associate of Applied Science

Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management - Event Planning Specialization

As an event planner, you won’t just follow the plan. You’ll design it.

New associate degree will give you a leg up in the hospitality and tourism field

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If you’re an organizer at heart who delights in perfecting the tiniest of details, consider Tidewater Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management with a Specialization in Event Planning.

As an event planner, you’ll organize, manage, and execute all the logistics behind meetings, trade shows, conventions, weddings, and any kind of special gathering. You will be qualified to work as a professional event planner in a range of settings, from hotels to corporations to government agencies and nonprofits.

Event planning is an expanding field within the tourism and hospitality industries, too, with growth expected upwards of 10 percent nationally and 15 percent in Virginia between 2014 and 2024.

Coursework for the event planning specialization, which begins in the fall of 2018, will focus on:

  • the responsibilities associated with planning and organizing an event, such as catering, managing client and vendor expectations, meeting planning, and hospitality law
  • effective written and interpersonal communication skills
  • computer applications and management information systems


The 65-credit program includes a coordinated internship in hospitality or food services management.

Online and evening classes are available.

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What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university. 

TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management with Specialization in Event Planning consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly at the Virginia Beach Campus.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
65 credits x $185.35 per credit = $12,047.75 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

While you may find immediate employment in a range of industries, you can transfer to a four-year school to work toward a bachelor’s in hospitality management.

Is this program for me?

Yes, if you:

  • are detail-oriented
  • enjoy working with people from all backgrounds
  • don’t mind working nights, weekends and holidays
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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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Faculty are current and former hospitality industry professionals

Site visits and industry experts offer real-world perspective on event planning

The event planning program includes credit for hands-on learning in an internship

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Scholarships are available through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute

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