If you’re interested in a career path that offers vast possibilities, consider event management and tourism—all signs point to future success.

According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, global tourism is a trillion-dollar industry that accounts for 1 in 11 jobs worldwide, while event planning is among U.S News and World Report’s 100 Best Jobs of 2015 based on expected growth data and current job openings.

If you’re ready to turn your passion for travel and flair for event planning into a profitable, stable career, set yourself apart with an Associate Degree in Event Management and Tourism from the National Center for Hospitality Studies at Sullivan University.

  • To graduate highly qualified event management and tourism professionals who possess an in-depth understanding of the industry and its many facets and available opportunities.
  • To train students in hospitality management, lodging management, destination management, marketing, sales, and best practices in event management, along with event coordination and marketing, meeting and event planning.
  • Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies (NCHS) has long set the standard for hospitality education, earning a reputation over the past three decades as one of the top hospitality schools in the U.S.
  • In order to help others see the world, you must first see it for yourself. That’s why all event management and tourism students take two program-sponsored trips: one to visit a major city and convention destination and another to a leisure destination.
  • We supplement your event planning and tourism training with a foundation in marketing, sales and finance to give you the competitive business edge you need to get ahead.
  • Thanks to Sullivan’s streamlined approach to education and year-round 11-week quarters, you can complete your degree in just 18 months.

92 Credit Hours
Length: 18 months
Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.

CourseTitlesCredit Hours
ACT 101Principles of Accounting I4
ACT 102Principles of Accounting II4
BUS 224Professional Development4
CAT 244Special Events Planning and Staff Management4
COM 214Public Speaking4
ENG 101Composition I4
FYE 101Information Literacy4
HRM 104Introduction to Hospitality Management4
HRM 108Lodging Management4
HRM 208Destination Management and Marketing4
MKT 215Principles of Sales Presentations4
MTH 101College Mathematics4
NTA 154Travel Reference Skills4
NTA 215Tourism/Event Planning Practicum2
NTA 244Tourism4
TGE 214Geography of the Southern Hemisphere4
TRV 205Meeting and Event Planning4
TRV 244Travel Management4
TRV 250Best Practices in Event Management4
TRV 252Event Coordination and Marketing4
HRM 194Convention Destination Management* 1
TRV 194Leisure Destination Management* 1
HRM 198Global Tourism* 22
General Studies Electives (12 Additional Credit Hours)12
Students must choose three additional General Education classes, including one from the Natural Sciences/Mathematics category, one from the Social/Behavioral Sciences category, and one from the Humanities/Fine Arts category. These classes are in addition to the required General Education classes listed in the program.
Total Credit Hours92

Where will a degree from Sullivan take you?

There’s a whole world of career opportunities in the event management and tourism industry. With an Associate Degree from Sullivan University, you’ll gain the experience and qualifications you need to work at places such as

  • Local, state and national tourism offices and boards
  • Travel agencies
  • Airlines
  • Hotel and flight reservation websites
  • Cruise lines
  • Travel magazines/guidebooks
  • Event management firms
  • Catering businesses
  • National and international hospitality groups
  • Entertainment/attraction companies

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Event Management and Tourism By the Numbers

Employment growth in the event management field is expected to increase by 33% by 2022.
—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

More people are traveling than ever before. A record 1.1 billion tourists traveled abroad in 2014.
—United Nations’ World Tourism Organization

Total annual spending for special events worldwide equals $500 billion.
—Entrepreneur magazine

The tourism industry’s share of the global GDP is projected to increase by 4.4% each year for the next decade.


Start Your Career in as Little as 18 Months.

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