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Event Planning Certificate

Event Planning is a blend of art and science – come explore both the aesthetic details which make events sparkle as well as the behind-the-scenes logistics which make events safe and functional. Successful event planners skillfully handle challenges and opportunities related to logistics, catering, audio-visual, design and décor, safety regulations and more. Learn how to effectively manage and implement these elements in order to generate positive return on investment (ROI) for your clients while maintaining a solid reputation for your business.

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Program Objectives

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Create top-quality events, from conception to execution
  • Coordinate the technical aspects of an event
  • Develop effective event objectives, including timeline, budget, and program
  • Design an experience that enhances the event and supports the event messaging
  • Solve event logistical issues including parking, safety, security, and others
  • Optimize a food and beverage budget
  • Execute an event utilizing best practices and proper business ethics
  • Explore options for gaining event planning experience
  • Identify the best practices involved in taking charge on site and ensuring a successful relationship with staff, clients, and vendors


There are no prerequisites for joining this program.

Certificate Requirements

To receive the certificate, students must:
  • Complete all core courses and one elective course
  • Fully participate in the online Capstone course
  • Attend at least 80% of the class sessions in each course
  • Receive a passing score of 75% or higher on the Capstone project
  • Satisfy all program requirements within 18 months

All courses (except for the Capstone) are also offered open enrollment, meaning anyone can register for them regardless of affiliation with Emory or desire to complete the certificate program.

Required Core Courses

Students are required to complete the following courses, ideally in this recommended order:

Event Planning: Introduction$69512 hours
Event Planning: Connect with Technology$1953 hours
Event Planning: Develop an Edge on Execution$2454 hours
Event Planning: Design the Experience$2455 hours
Event Planning: Focus on Food and Beverage$2454 hours
Event Planning: Capstone$3756 hours
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Elective Courses

Students must complete one elective course from the following list before, during, or after the core courses.

Designing And Executing Virtual Events With Intention$3756 hours
How To Start An Event Planning Business$3756 hours
Social Event Planning for Weddings and Celebrations$3756 hours
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Who Will Benefit?

The following types of people will benefit from this program:

  • Event Planning professionals looking to add an educational credential
  • CMP seekers in need of education hours
  • Students exploring a career shift into the event planning industry
  • Event hobbyists seeking tips to elevate personal events