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.
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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.
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.
The Chaplin School, in partnership with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, supports the annual production of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capitol One (SOBEWFF®). The event, which is the largest of its kind in the U.S., generates experiential learning opportunities for as many as 1,200 FIU students each year. Additionally, the Chaplin School has developed many other long-standing relationships with major global hospitality and tourism corporations such as Sandals Resorts, Carnival Corporation & PLC (funder of the Carnival Gold Scholars and the Carnival Student Center on our BBC campus) and Marriott International (namesake for the school’s Marriott Tianjin China Program). The school also has partnerships with some well-known names like the Fontainebleau Miami Beach which hosts the world renowned nightclub, LIV® and food and beverage producers such as Bacardi USA, and Badia Spices.
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 36 Hospitality Core credits, 12 Concentration Credits and 12 Elective credits.
Hospitality Pre-Core Courses
The following lower divisional, pre-core courses are to be taken before starting hospitality core courses. Some courses 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.
Macroeconomics ECO 2013
Introduction to economic analysis of the overall economy: national income accounting, unemployment, inflation, monetary and fiscal policies, budget deficits and debt, long-run growth.
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.
Pathways to Success I HFT 1070
Designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of academic policies, procedures and requirements for matriculation and graduation from the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Must be taken first semester.
Pathways to Success II HFT 3072
This course exposes students to all career services offered by CSHTM. Students will review career/education goals in line with strengths, skills and values and will leverage all career services. Must be taken after 60 earned credits.
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.
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.
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.
Hospitality Core Requirements
Introductory Commercial Food Production FSS 3230C
Study of basic and intermediate commercial food production management skills required in menu design. The knowledge will be applied in the production of appetizers, salads, main course items and desserts.
Advanced Food Production Management FSS 4234C
A course in advanced food production and service techniques to provide the student with realistic productions, services and managerial experience. Staffing, merchandising and cost control procedures are integral parts of the course.
Pre-requisite: FSS 3230C
*Alternative course option available with Academic Advisor Approval
Dining Services Management HFT 3263
Analysis of principal operating problems facing managers in the restaurant industry. Various control systems necessary for profitability and quality are examined.
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.
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. This is a Global Learning Course.
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. This is a Global Learning Course.
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. This is a Global Learning Course.
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.
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 2401.
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.
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.
Pre-requisites: Documented completion of 500 hospitality related work hours of which must be completed while enrolled at FIU. Permission of an advisor.
Senior Seminar in Hospitality Management HFT 4294
Student groups identify and research a major problem of a hospitality enterprise. Discussions will focus on problems and solutions. Final report required.
Can only be taken the semester you graduate.
Hospitality Electives - 24 Credits
Electives can be chosen from any 3000/4000 level HFT or FSS course. If desired, students may choose courses in any concentration to meet 12 of the 24 required elective credits.
Event Management Concentration 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.
Introduction to Events Management HFT 3754
An introduction to the conceptual management and operational activities of special 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.
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
First Year Students
Please submit the following:
- Online application
- $30 application fee.
- Official SAT or ACT scores.
- Official high school transcripts.
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.
Returning students must meet the current university and degree-specific requirements to be admitted. FIU has policies for students who left FIU, please click here for more details.
Please submit the following:
- Online application
- $30 application fee
- Updated official transcripts
In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:
- Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
- Official translations of any transcripts, if not in English.
- 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.
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 2.0 GPA is required for transfer students. Students with a GPA lower than 2.0 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.
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
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Chaplin faculty members combine strong academic credentials with excellent teaching skills and extensive executive-level industry experience to inspire students to become leaders in hospitality and tourism.
Twenty-three years of experience in educational leadership, including fifteen as part of senior staff team, four years in hospitality work, and ten years of full time study at universities.
Responsibilities in hospitality have included: Preparation prior to opening world-class resort, including policy formation, resource development, internal and publicly distributed documents; convention and trade show production, meeting planning, class instruction, coordination of student worker opportunities and designed student hospitality internship program. Also participated in re-branding of smaller resort, and devised budgetary program projection named one of the “best new innovative practices” in the Hyatt Corporation. Named to the Academic Advisory Council of the Incentive Research Foundation.
Responsibilities at universities have included: Divisional and organizational leadership and administration, public relations, workshop and training development and presentation, production of large scale special events (including concerts, US Presidential debate, African famine relief efforts, and community festivals), institutional accreditation, oversight of federal grant preparation, facility development and management, facility security and safety, development of student internship programs, budget and policy development, staff training, work with international clientele, and management of legal issues related to these areas.
Created and built the student affairs division at Ringling College of Art and Design which became the standard bearer for student affairs at art schools in the U.S. Created and developed office of Student Development at The University of Akron.
120 Credits Required
$228.81 Per Credit Hour (In-State) + Fees
$345.87 Per Credit Hour (Out-of-State) + Fees
- Undergraduate Student Application Deadlines
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