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Las Vegas – In January 2018, the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality at UNLV launched the world’s first master’s degree program centered on gaming.

The Master of Hospitality Administration (MHA) Gaming Management Track was designed to boost professionals who are trying to widen the scope of their expertise to include gaming, which is becoming more pervasive across destination markets and online platforms throughout the world.

Students eligible for the program, which is offered totally online, include mid-level professionals with more than three years of experience in a management capacity in the hotel-gaming industry. Graduates of the MHA program hold a master’s degree from a fully-accredited university.

The decision to add the MHA Gaming Management Track as an option alongside the college’s already-established Hospitality Management Track was largely based on an industry study, for which current Harrah Hospitality College associate professor, and former gaming executive, Toni Repetti surveyed 200 professionals working in the gaming industry.

"There is a clear demand for this kind of degree," said Repetti, whose study revealed that nearly 63% of those surveyed were in favor of a master’s degree in gaming and felt that it was important to a successful career in today’s gaming market. Current trends in gaming, she noted, show that more non-gaming professionals are taking on management roles in hotel/casino environments.

The study, published in the UNLV Gaming and Research Journal, also found that that an online degree format was preferred due to the wide geographic dispersion and often unpredictable work schedules in the gaming industry.

“Unlike other schools that offer single course and/or certificate programs, MHA students will received a master’s degree for which 50%-60% of their 30-credit degree program will be specific to gaming,” said Repetti.

Available courses include: Casino Marketing; Gaming Operations; Gaming Regulations, Law, and Compliance, Internet and Mobile Gaming.

About Harrah College of Hospitality at UNLV

Situated just blocks away from the world’s greatest hospitality laboratory—the Las Vegas Strip—the Harrah College of Hospitality enjoys unparalleled access to the hotels and resorts that are shaping the industry. Consistently ranked among the top five hospitality programs in the world, the college provides students with the theoretical and practical foundation they need to succeed in the competitive hospitality field. Our faculty members are internationally-renowned, and our alumni consist of some of the most influential leaders in the industry, with graduates overseeing major hotel brands, popular restaurants and event firms, and Fortune 500 companies. 

Contact: Angela Ramsey

angela.ramsey@unlv.edu / 702-895-1016

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