Doctor of Philosophy in Hospitality Administration

"Students conducting research really get to take advantage of the partnerships that have been formed between the college and the industry."
-Wen Chang '16 Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Iowa State University

Whether your academic ambitions are centered in teaching or industry research, the Harrah College of Hospitality’s doctoral program provides the personalized attention, resources, and support you need to make your goals a reality. Study at a top-ranked hospitality management program located in the world’s leading hospitality market – Las Vegas.

Our Ph.D. students have an ultra-modern learning facility with dedicated resources and personal study space. They learn from faculty who are consistently engage in research that directly impacts the industry—answering important questions relating to customer loyalty programs, hotel booking trends, occupancy rates, hospitality in healthcare, and much more.

Program Structure

The doctoral degree is a 60-hour, multi-conceptual and research-based program designed to produce top quality hospitality and tourism educators and researchers. Upon graduation, students secure career opportunities in universities, industry, and research institutions throughout the world. To learn more, visit the Ph.D. requirements.


The William F. Harrah College of Hospitality includes a faculty with both research and practical experience in all facets of the hospitality and tourism industry. Faculty members regularly publish both scholarly and applied research articles and consult with the industry on operational problems and strategies.

Application Deadline

Fall Term: January 15
This is a fall entry program only.

Program Contacts

Hospitality Office of Graduate Programs
Phone: 702-895-5430

Research Questions?

Contact Faculty PhD Program Coordinator
Dr. James Busser
Phone: 702-895-0942