Conventions and Special Events Concentration

The area of conventions, meetings and special events continues to grow across the hospitality industry. Conventions centers, convention hotels, private clubs and many other businesses employ conference service managers, special event coordinator and convention sales professionals to enhance this segment of their business.

In the special events area in particular, the opportunity exists for young professionals to pursue entrepreneurial goals. In addition to the leading convention centers in most major cities, companies like Gaylord provide great career opportunities in this area.

Admission of applicants outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate or individual online course offered by East Carolina University, is dependent on ECU’s ability to secure authorization from the applicant’s state of residence, if such authorization is required.

East Carolina University delivers online education programs and courses throughout the United States and internationally. All programs have been approved by the University of North Carolina General Administration. Many states have prescribed an “authorization” process for out-of-state institutions delivering online programs to its state residents to ensure quality post-secondary education, to preserve the integrity of an academic degree, and to instill greater consumer protection for its student citizens.

East Carolina University has taken steps to protect its students and operations through nationwide compliance: by participation in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA); obtaining authorization, approval, exemptions and waivers; or confirming that East Carolina University can operate without such authorization because the state’s laws do not pertain to a public institution, to an accredited institution, or to the ECU’s activities in that state.

As of November 14, 2016, East Carolina University is approved by to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide online education to students from all SARA member states. States and institutions that choose to become members of SARA operate under a set of policies and standards overseen by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements and administered by four regional higher education compacts. For more information about the SARA initiative and the progress of state and institutional membership.

Because authorization is an evolving area, please check this site again for the latest statement from ECU.

For questions or concerns specific to the state authorization process, contact us at

**Please note that this is a recommended sequence. Check catalog for prerequisites. Course availability may vary from semester to semester.

Fall Semester
ENGL 1100 3
Science with Lab 3, 1
MATH 1066 3
Social Science 3
HMGT 1350 3
Total 16
Spring Semester
HMGT 2100
Science 3
Social Science 3
Humanities 3
HMGT 1500 3
Total 15
Fall Semester
ECON 2113 3
MIS 2223 3
HLTH 1000 2
KINE 1000 1
Fine Arts 3
HMGT 2200 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
FINA 2244 3
ACCT 2101 3
Gen Ed Elec
HMGT 2170 3
ENGL 2201
Total 15
Fall Semester
Humanities/ Fine Arts 3
MATH 2283 3
HMGT 2300/ 2301 2, 1
HMGT 2591 3
HMGT 3400 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
MKTG 3832 3
FINA 3004 3
HMGT 3200 3
HMGT above 3000 3
HMGT 3750 3
Total 15
11-week Summer
HMGT 3990
Fall Semester
HMGT 4040 3
HMGT 4308 3
HMGT 4400 3
HMGT 4450 3
HMGT above 3000 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
HMGT 4244 3
HMGT 4440 3
HMGT 4650 3
HMGT 4700 3
MGMT 3202
Total 15

*HMGT 3990 requires an approved 400-hour internship. It is a prerequisite for 4000-level courses in the core.
*Minimum grade of C- is required in all HMGT courses.

The BS in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Convention and Special Events Management is taught in a traditional face-to-face environment and via distance education.

Admission Requirements:

Must complete HMGT 1350 with a grade of C- or better.

Click here to apply to East Carolina University. Admission to East Carolina University does not guarantee admissions into your desired program of study.

Other Requirements:

All Hospitality Leadership majors must complete an externship (after sophomore year) and an internship (prior to senior year).