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Bachelor of Science

Online BS in Hospitality Management: Event Management Track

Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management


FIU’s online undergraduate degree in Event Management will prepare you to excel and lead in the world’s biggest industry. Our fully online B.S. in Event Management is part of FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, which is consistently ranked as one of the top hospitality management schools in the United States and has won international recognition.

Take the next step.

With your online degree from FIU, you’ll gain fast-track career advantages in the international hotel, foodservice and tourism industries. Our online curriculum is flexible, current and provides students with a solid foundation in business management, finance, logistics, accounting and operations.

At FIU Online, you’ll learn from faculty members with strong academic credentials, excellent teaching skills and extensive executive-level industry experience. We’ve designed our online undergraduate degree programs with all the support you need to thrive as a student. With 24/7 access to interactive technology, real-time feedback from faculty and the one-on-one guidance of a dedication success coach, we’re with you every step of the way.

If you want to make that leap into a hospitality career, take the first step with an undergraduate degree from FIU Online.

Why Apply?

The curriculum for this fully online program blends academic instruction with hands-on experience, including at the prestigious South Beach Wine and Food Festival, which benefits FIU's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. For graduation, each student must have worked a minimum of 1,000 hours in the industry and completed an advanced internship of an additional 300 hours.

The program offers a comprehensive set of core requirements and practical experiences that provide a solid foundation in business management, finance, logistics, accounting, operations and more, preparing you to excel and lead in the biggest industry in the world.

Industry Statistics

According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, the travel and tourism industry outperformed the global economy in 2012 – growing faster than manufacturing, retail, financial services and communications. As a result, the hospitality industry now accounts for one in 11 jobs around the world. The School's alumni hold prominent positions throughout the hotel, travel, food service and related industries.

Employment opportunities for well-qualified hospitality graduates are on the rise, especially for meeting, convention and event planners, where employment is expected to grow 44 percent through 2020 (Occupational Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics).


A total of 120 credits are required for the degree, including 60 program credits and 60 credits to meet University Core Curriculum and lower division requirements. Within the program, the 60 credits include 27 Hospitality Core credits, 21 Concentration Credits and 12 Elective credits.

Lower Division Prerequisites

The following two courses are prerequisites before starting core courses and can also be used to meet UCC (University Core Curriculum) requirements:

Microeconomics ECO 2023
This course provides an introduction to the theory and practices of contemporary microeconomics. The course will begin with a discussion on how agents deal with the fundamental problem of scarcity. The discussion will then turn to the basic concepts and tools used in microeconomic analysis.

Public Speaking SPC 2608
This course will take an academic approach to speech communication. The course will examine the basic elements of research, construction and delivery of original public presentation. By understanding what components go into a good speech, an individual will look more confident in their presentation.

Hospitality Lower Division Prerequisites

The following four courses are prerequisites before starting core courses.

Accounting for the Hospitality Industry HFT 2401
Introduction to the principles of accounting as they apply to the hospitality industry. Required for students who have not satisfactorily completed introductory accounting courses.

Hospitality Information Technology HFT 2441
Covers computer applications in the hospitality industry including information technology specific to hotel and restaurant accounting, finance, marketing, and management. Course includes hands-on laboratory assignments with a Hotel Property Management System and a Restaurant POS/back-office.

Human Resource Management for the Hospitality Industry HFT 2220
An in-depth study of human resources management in hospitality industry designed to improve and advance student’s skills through understanding of both hourly and management human resource policies, practices and procedures.
Prerequisites: HFT 3203 and senior status only.

Intro to Hospitality and Tourism Management HFT 1000
A survey course providing an overview of the industry, its history, problems, and general operating procedures. Operating executives from the fields of hotel, restaurant, foodservice, travel, and tourism will be featured periodically.
For Freshman, Sophomores, or Juniors Only.

Hospitality Core Requirements

Financial Analysis in the Hospitality Industry HFT 4464
Facilitates understanding and use of financial analysis in the hospitality industry. Topics include decision-making based on ratio analysis, leverage, financing sources and other financial issues. Prerequisite: HFT 3403.

Hospitality Facilities Environmental Systems HFT 4323
A comprehensive survey of engineering, maintenance, and efficiency controls in hotels, restaurants, and institutions. Emphasizes the importance of Operations Facilities Engineering Management and the environment.
Prerequisites: HFT 3403, HFT 3453 or HFT 3457.

Hospitality Industry Law HFT 3603
Introduction to hotel, motel, and restaurant law emphasizing risk management and security. Students learn about the fundamental laws, rules, and regulations applicable to the hospitality industry through a case study approach.

Hospitality Marketing Strategy HFT 3503
Examines marketing principles, theories and concepts and the use of management principles and techniques of analysis, planning, implementation and control to maximize marketing effectiveness in hospitality organizations. Stresses marketing of services.

Introductory Commercial Food Production FSS 3230C
Study of basic and intermediate commercial food production management skills required in menu design. This knowledge will be applied in the production of appetizers, salads, main course items, and desserts.

Lodging Operations Control HFT 3453
Focuses on controlling expenses and revenues of a full-service lodging operation using qualitative and quantitative techniques. Based on using the uniform system of accounts for the lodging industry.
Prerequisite: HFT 3403.

Hospitality Analytics and Revenue Management HFT 4413
Detailed study of methods used in serving and tracking guest history and yield management in the hospitality industry. Demonstrates state-of-the-art technology and concepts.
Prerequisites: HFT 3423 and HFT 3453.

Management Accounting for the Hospitality Industry HFT 4474
Advanced study of the decision-making process involved in the hospitality industry. Emphasis on budgeting, pricing decisions, cost-volume-profit analysis and capital budgeting.
Prerequisite: HFT 3403.

Restaurant Management HFT 3263
Analysis of principal operating problems facing managers in the restaurant industry. Various control systems necessary for profitability and quality are examined.

Event Management Concentration

The undergraduate program at the FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management offers you the ability to concentrate in your area of interest by selecting one of six areas within the hospitality and tourism industries: Beverage Management, Culinary Management, Hotel/Lodging Management, Restaurant/Foodservice Management, Event Management, and Travel and Tourism Management.

The followng courses are required for a concentration in Event Management.

Additional Requirements

Hospitality Electives - 30 Credits
Electives can be chosen from any 3000/4000 level HFT or FSS course. If desired, students may choose any of the following six major areas to meet 18 of the 30 required elective credits.

Event Management Major Courses

Planning Meetings and Conventions HFT 3741
Introduction to the meeting and convention industry, concentrating on specific and practical research, planning, supervision, and control guidelines used by today’s Professional Meeting Planner.

Convention & Trade Show Management HFT 3753
A course concentrating on organizing, arranging and operating conventions, trade shows, and expositions. Emphasis is placed on the modes and methods of sales used in booking conventions and trade shows, as well as the division of administrative responsibility in their operation.

Group Business Sales and Services HFT 4508
Examines the practices of selling and servicing space by hotels, convention centers, arenas/halls to convention and event producers. Includes how to reach, sell and service these important groups and people.

Expositions and Events Management HFT 3754
Comprehensive study of strategies for planning, developing and marketing public/trade show events.

Advanced Events Management HFT 4757
This course focuses on advanced planning and managing of special events, from ideas and concepts through the actual event implementation and follow-up. Students will have the opportunity to focus on detailed elements of event management.

Advanced Internship for Hospitality and Tourism HFT 4945
Hospitality/tourism work experience to provide exposure to management and training functions, job rotation tasks and/or projects not previously performed. Minimum 300 hours/ten weeks field experience.
Prerequisites: Documented completion of 1,000 hospitality related work hours of which 500 hours must be completed while enrolled at FIU. Permission of an advisor.

Senior Seminar in Hospitality Management HFT 4296
Student groups identify and research a major problem of a hospitality enterprise. Discussions will focus on problems and solutions. Final report required.
Seniors only.

Additional Courses: Two additional upper division Event Management courses from approved list. Discuss with an advisor.


To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

FIU Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

Steps to Apply

Freshman Students

 Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official SAT or ACT scores.
  • Official high school transcripts.

Transfer Students

Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

International Students

In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

  • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
  • NACES official course-by-course evaluation and translation of college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferrable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

Program Admission Requirements

A total of 120 credit hours are required for the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management.

Applicants to the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management must submit an Undergraduate Application for admission to the University and must follow the regular University admissions procedures described in the FIU Undergraduate Admissions website (click "How to Apply"). Applicants must be eligible for admission to the University before being accepted to the School.

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 500 written or
  • Or 63 ibT or IELTS of 5.0 overall is required for international applicants.

Any student who has completed two years of college (60 transferable semester hours) may apply for admission as a transfer student to the upper division program.  A minimum 2.25 GPA is required for transfer students. Students with a GPA lower than 2.25 may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Admissions will review your official transcripts for transfer credits upon submission of your application. Domestic students may enroll on either a full-time or a part-time basis; International students must enroll full-time (at least 12 credits per semester). Students with less than 60 transfer credits are subject to freshman admission criteria.

All students are required to meet the University’s core curriculum requirements prior to graduation. It is not necessary to have been previously enrolled in a hotel, restaurant or tourism program. The curriculum will provide the specialized professional education to equip the student for a career in hospitality and tourism management. Students with training in liberal arts, business, education, or technology, for example, are qualified to enroll in the program.

A maximum of 60 lower division undergraduate semester credits may be transferred from a junior or community college program. More credits may be transferred from a related upper-division program at a four-year institution.

Undergraduate applicants are advised to respect the Admissions Deadlines of the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Admission Documents

To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams. All supporting admission documents may be sent to:

Florida International University

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

P.O. Box 659003

Miami, FL 33265-9003


FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via:

  • Faster (All FL public institutions)
  • Naviance (Typically used by private high schools)
  • SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records

*Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission


Tuition Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

Students enrolled in a fully online bachelor’s degree program at FIU will not be charged many of the fees applicable to on-campus students, saving fully online student hundreds of dollars per semester. Please note fully online students do not have free access to FIU’s on-campus resources such as: computer labs, sporting events, recreational facilities, parking, etc.



Florida Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $130.42
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $105.07, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00
  • One Card Fee: $10
    (This is an annual fee, not related to your per credit fee, therefore, it is not listed above).
  • Health Fee $93.69
    (This is a mandatory fee charged to all students as part of their tuition each semester. This fee is not related to your per credit fee, therefore, it is not listed above).



$391.26 $782.52 $1,173.78 $1,565.04
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00



Florida non Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $247.48
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $216.56, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Out-of-State Financial Fee ($5.57), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00
  • One Card Fee: $10
    (This is an annual fee, not related to your per credit fee, therefore, it is not listed above).
  • Health Fee $93.69
    (This is a mandatory fee charged to all students as part of their tuition each semester. This fee is not related to your per credit fee, therefore, it is not listed above).



$742.44 $1,484.88 $2,227.32 $2,969.76
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00

*Total tuition and fees are estimates and are subject to change. Other costs such as lab fees, proctored exam fees, books, supplies and other materials are not included in this calculation.

Top Faculty

Eric Beckman

Eric Beckman obtained his Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. His Ph.D. minor/focus of study was in statistics. He is capable of calculating an analyzing data in multiple areas. Dr. Beckman has presented and published research in marketing, place branding, event management, tourism economics, and adventure tourism. He is a certified hotel revenue manager (CHRM) through the American Hotel and Lodging Administration and Certified in Hotel Industry Analytics through AHLA and Smith Travel Research (STR), the largest hotel data company in the world. His industry background includes over a decade of fine dining, lodging management, and event management experience. His previous job titles include Catering and Marketing Director, Food and Beverage Manager, and clubhouse manager. He is a certified meeting professional (CMP), as he has planned and coordinated many events (corporate, social, non-profit).  Dr. Beckman has worked with multiple groups on economic impact studies including CVB's and Whitewater Rafting Outfitters.  Dr. Beckman has taught numerous courses in the hospitality industry including: Private Club Management, Event Management, Foodservice Sanitation, Hospitality Marketing, Lodging Management, and Hospitality Finance (master's level).He is a Certified Hospitality Educator through the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute. 

Patti Shock

Patti is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she retired after 25 years in 2013. She chaired the UNLV Tourism & Convention Administration Department for 18 years. Prior to that, she chaired the Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration Department at Georgia State University in Atlanta for 10 years. She currently teaches part time as an adjunct professor at both UNLV and FIU.  In addition, she is the Academic Consultant for the International School of Hospitality, based in Las Vegas.  She has co-authored 5 books on catering and one on restaurant marketing. She wrote the F&B Chapters for several industry association books.  She has been a frequent speaker at industry meetings and on webinars. She blogs for Cvent. She holds the following certifications:  CPCE (Certified Professional Catering Executive), CHT (Certified Hospitality Trainer), and, CGSP (Certified Guest Service Professional. She has received many awards and honors over the years.  Most recently, she was named the first NACE Industry ICON in 2014 by the National Association of Catering & Events, and she was a 2014 inductee into the Convention Industry Council Hall of Leaders.

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