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Doctor of Philosophy in Hospitality Administration



3 to 3.5 years

(full time)

Required Credits



UNLV campus

5 Reasons to get a Ph.D. in Hospitality Administration at UNLV:

  • Top-ranked program; located in the center of the hospitality industry.
  • Opportunity to gain research and teaching skills under the guidance of leading hospitality experts.
  • Engage in research that directly impacts the industry.
  • Ultra-modern doctoral suite with dedicated personal research space.
  • Available financial support, graduate assistantships, and funds for conference travel and dissertation research.

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Become A Thought-Leader in Hospitality & Tourism by Earning Your Ph.D.

This multi-conceptual, research-based doctoral degree program cultivates top quality educators and researchers in the burgeoning field of hospitality. While studying on the vibrant UNLV campus, you’ll collaborate with renowned researchers, top professionals, and fellow doctoral students who are exploring a wide array of pressing industry topics: from customer loyalty to sustainability … tech innovation to brand management.

Program Structure

The Hospitality College doctoral degree is a 60-hour program in which students engage in coursework/exams, teaching, and research under the leadership of a seasoned faculty member that culminates in a dissertation. Full-time students typically receive their degree within 3 to 3.5 years, while part-time students average between 4.5 and 5.5 years.


Doctoral students receive financial support through a graduate assistantship that provides a tuition waiver for up to nine credits, partial fee waiver, and a monthly stipend. Doctoral students may receive funds for conference travel, dissertation research, and a summer research experience.

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Saeed Hasanzadeh Vayghan, Ph.D. student in Hospitality Administration

“I chose UNLV because it’s always ranked at the top for hospitality and tourism. It also has great resources for doctoral students.”

Saeed Hasanzadeh Vayghan
Ph.D. student in Hospitality Administration

Application Deadline

  • January 1
  • Fall-Term Entry Only


Representing all facets of the hospitality and tourism industry, our world-recognized faculty brings a rich mix of research and practical experience to the program. Faculty members regularly consult with the industry on operational problems and strategies as well as publish scholarly and applied research articles.

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Career Options

Upon graduation, students pursue careers in higher education, industry, and research institutions throughout the world.

Harrah College of Hospitality Office of Graduate Programs

Hospitality Hall (UNLV), Rm 362

To learn more about our policies and procedures, visit the Hospitality Graduate Programs Microsite.

Research Questions?

Contact Faculty Ph.D. Program Coordinator
Tony Henthorne