Associate Degree in Hospitality and Events Management

The University of North Alabama’s Associate of Science degree in Hospitality and Events Management is designed for students interested in an accelerated, hands-on education in the hospitality business's complex day-to-day operations. The degree is composed of a series of stackable certificates. Students completing the degree are required to meet all general education requirements, which will earn them a General Education Short-Term Certificate. Additionally, students must complete two out of the three certificates described below to earn their Associate of Science Degree.

  • Lodging & Tourism Management
  • Events & Foodservice Management
  • Hospitality Management

Our courses are built to encourage critical thinking and foster collaboration while promoting creativity and independent thought for the next generation of event organizers and managers.

Taught by a diverse faculty of professionals with in-depth experience across the industry, students of this two-year program will learn the skills necessary for success in the modern events space and will be well-prepared for job opportunities in the North Alabama region and beyond.


Time to Complete
2 years


Modality Offered:
In Person


Associate of Science
in Hospitality and Events Management

Associate Degree: Hospitality and Events Management

Why the University of North Alabama?

As Alabama’s Workforce Development University, UNA has pioneered programs hailed for their excellence and dedication to the growth of students, including providing access to opportunities for professional development like the expansive annual Career Fair.

As the only degree of its kind in North Alabama, UNA’s Associate of Science degree in Hospitality and Events Management prepares students to fill in-demand jobs and provide the region with talented, trained and competent individuals eager to launch their careers in less time than it takes to earn a bachelor's degree.

What can I do with an Associate Degree in Hospitality and Events Management?

As a graduate with an associate’s in Hospitality and Events Management from UNA, you will have a foundational understanding of this industry which is built upon communication and relationships. Many opportunities await in the hospitality business such as hotel, lodging, event planning, travel/tourism, and food service industries.

Some job titles UNA graduates may qualify for include:

  • Hotel/Resort General Manager
  • Hotel Operations Director
  • Property Manager
  • Spa Manager/Director
  • Club Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Guest Services Manager
  • Front Office Manager
  • Cruise Director
  • Casino/Gaming Manager
  • Service Manager
  • Event Meeting Planner


Requirements for AS in Hospitality and Events Management

General Education Short-Term Certificate Credits
En 111 - First Year Composition I 3
En 112 - First Year Composition II 3
COM 201 - Fundamentals of Speech 3
Fine Arts elective  3
Literature elective 3
Humanities elective  3
Mathematics elective  3
Natural Science elective 4
6 hours of Social and Behavioral Science electives  6
Total Hours 31

 Hospitality and Events Management Core Courses: 

Course Credits
HEM 102 - Introduction to the Hospitality Industry 3
HEMA 123 - Field Experience I 3
HEMA 207 - Career Preparation 1

Choose 2 of the following Certificates:


The University of North Alabama is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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