A 15-credit certificate in event planning is being offered by the International School of Hospitality, Sports, and Tourism Management at the Florham Campus, Madison, New Jersey, and at the Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, New Jersey. 

The certificate is for those interested in designing a social or corporate event from inception to completion. Students will learn the various processes in achieving this by examining budgeting, site selection, menu creation, beverage planning, etc. The certificate is also for those interested in developing a comprehensive understanding of the event from point of sale through its conclusion via proven industry standards and technology.  

The certificate was created in modules and is intended to be flexible to accommodate busy work schedules and can be completed in one year.  

The school also offers a minor in event planning. The certificate is fully transferable to the minor.  

Admission Requirements 

Transfer Students and Advanced Standing 

Transfer students will have completed 24 or more college-credit hours at an accredited post-secondary institution. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted. A high-school transcript need not be submitted unless requested by the admissions office. Applicants with less than 24 credits earned are considered students with advanced standing, and must submit their official high-school transcript and SAT or ACT test scores in addition to college transcripts. 

Evaluation of Previous Academic Work 

Students with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree can transfer in a maximum of 64 credits. Students from other two- and four-year institutions can transfer in up to 90 credits on a case-by-case basis. Coursework with earned grades of A through C will be considered for transfer credit. Any transfer student who has earned an A.A. or A.S. degree at a New York or New Jersey community college, and is applying to a Bachelor of Arts program, is able to fulfill their General Education requirements at FDU. Some exceptions may apply. 

Community College Transfer Students 

FDU Policy — Transfer Students and General Education Credits 

All incoming students with a completed A.A./A.S. degree from a community college in New Jersey/New York will have all of their General Education requirements waived. 

Students arriving from any community college or four-year institution without an A.A./A.S. degree will have their incoming credits applied course for course. 

If a student from a four-year institution in New Jersey or New York has with them an A.A./A.S. degree from that same institution, then they will be considered to have met the General Education requirements with the same caveat that applies to those coming from New Jersey or New York community colleges. 

Students are responsible for making certain their transcripts are submitted in a timely manner so that they can be evaluated for full credit. 

Fairleigh Dickinson University has articulation agreements with most New Jersey community colleges. Prospective community-college transfer students are encouraged to contact the transfer counselor at their community college for more information or call the FDU Admissions Office at 800-338-8803. More information about transferring courses from a community college to a four-year college or university in New Jersey is also available at NJ Transfer 

Requirements (15 credits) 

Courses include: 

  • HRTM1103 Introduction to Event Planning  
  • HRTM2234 Meetings, Conventions and Trade Show Management  
  • HRTM3214 Special Events and Festival Management  
  • HRTM3254 Global Event Etiquette  
  • HRTM4240 Global Events Technology and Innovation  

For Information 

Donald Hoover, Associate Director of Enrollment, International School of Hospitality, Sports, and Tourism Management 
Senior Lecturer of Hospitality Management 
dhoover@fdu.edu 
609-432-7297