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Master of Science in Hotel Administration



1 year

(full time)

Required Credits



UNLV campus

5 Reasons to get an MS in Hotel Administration at UNLV:

  • Top-ranked hospitality program in the country.
  • Opportunity to study and work at the epicenter of hospitality.
  • Learn critical analytical skills, business strategies, and the research tools to make a real impact in the industry.
  • Work with world-recognized faculty instructors and researchers.
  • Join an influential global network of 17,000+ alumni.

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Set Yourself Apart by Earning a Master’s in Hospitality

As a master’s student at the Harrah College of Hospitality, you’ll gain unparalleled face-to-face access to experts who are leading the industry as well as the researchers who are tackling the industry’s most pressing questions. You’ll examine the latest industry trends, engage in dynamic group projects, and gain specialized management skills that will prepare you to take on high-level executive positions in the global hospitality and tourism arenas. Don’t wait to take your career to the next level. Apply today.

Program Structure

The Master of Science in Hotel Administration is a 31-credit, on-campus program that culminates in either a thesis or professional paper (students choose). The typical completion time for full-time students is 1 year; part-time students usually take 2 years to complete the program.

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Rebecca Ross, MS in Hotel Administration student

"This program is not about learning from a textbook. My classes and my professors give me a deep, practical understanding of the real world and how things work in the industry."

Rebecca Ross
Pursuing an MS degree in Hotel Administration

Application Deadlines

Fall Term:
February 15 – to be considered for funding
May 1 – for international applicants
July 15 – for domestic or permanent residence applicants

Spring Term:
October 1 – for international applicants
November 15 – for domestic or permanent resident applicants

Dual Degree Options

If you are interested in gaining additional knowledge in the fields of business administration or information systems, consider applying to one of our two dual degree programs. Please note that to be admitted you must apply to both the MS in Hotel Administration program and the MIS or MBA program.

A Game Changer for your Career

More and more companies are seeking candidates with advanced degrees to serve on their management teams. Courses in financial analysis, research methodologies, marketing systems, and other business fundamentals will help you increase your marketability among employers in the hotel, casino, restaurant, travel, entertainment and event sectors.

Career Options

  • General manager – hotel/lodge/country club
  • Hotel developer/franchiser
  • Casino manager
  • Revenue manager – casino/resort
  • Convention sales director
  • Trade show operations manager
  • Restaurant/catering manager
  • Food and beverage director
  • Employee relations manager
  • Human resources director
  • Financial analyst – casino/resort
  • Purchasing manager
  • Director of eSports

Harrah College of Hospitality Office of Graduate Programs

Hospitality Hall (UNLV), Rm 347

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