Top schools and colleges offering event planning courses/programs:

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM)
- The CSUSM Meeting & Event Planning Program is an industry approved certificate program for points toward the CMP and CSEP exams for initial and recertification applications.
- Program Core Classes include: Fundamentals for Meeting & Event Planners; Successful Logistical Planning; Finance & Budgeting Essentials; Communication Skills for Event Professionals; etc.
- The University is ranked among Top Tier Regional Universities (West) by U.S. News & World Report 2011.

Niagara County Community College
- The Tourism Management and Event Planning degree is a two-year academic program that will provide students with an overview of the industry as well as specific skills designed to meet the needs of employers.
- Niagara County Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- The UNC Charlotte Certificate Program in Meeting & Event Planning is designed for new and aspiring meeting and event managers, travel agents and hoteliers, as well as those considering a career change. The certificate meets the continuing education requirements to qualify to sit for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Exam.
- The University is ranked 191st among Top Tier National Universities (USNWR 2011).

Sonoma State University (SSU)
- The SSU Event and Meeting Planning Certificate Program offers a curriculum focusing on practical knowledge taught by instructors with first-hand experience in the field.
- Many of the faculty are affiliated with the Northern California Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI).
- The program has been approved by the State of California as an eligible training provider.
- SSU has been named one of the “most wired” campuses in the nation by Forbes magazine. It is the only California university invited to be a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

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