Master of Hotel Administration Degree Requirements

In addition to the general requirements established by the Graduate College, you must successfully complete ten 3-credit 500, 600, or 700-level courses in the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration with a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.00 scale.

Required Courses for Hospitality Management Track

MHA 603 - Human Resources and Behavior in the Hospitality Industry

Examines the functions of human resource management through readings, cases and applied research with special attention to strategic HR alliances and developing trends.

MHA 605 - Financial Analysis for the Service Industries

Problems and cases in applying accounting and financial information to executive decision making in the hospitality industry.

MHA 635 - Research Methodology

Examination of research methods including the scientific method, literature review, sampling, statistics, research design and analytical technique.

MHA 640 - Marketing Systems

Development of marketing and advertising systems for hospitality industries based on both the need to create new markets and the need to respond to significant shifts in social and economic patterns.

MHA 651 - Hospitality Service Management

Examines service marketing and management concepts relevant to the hospitality industry and explores how these concepts can be applied to service delivery systems in the hospitality industry.

Required Courses for Gaming Management Track

MHA 603 - Human Resources and Behavior in the Hospitality Industry

Examines the functions of human resource management through readings, cases and applied research with special attention to strategic HR alliances and developing trends.

MHA 605 - Financial Analysis for the Service Industries

Problems and cases in applying accounting and financial information to executive decision making in the hospitality industry.

MHA 635 - Research Methodology

Examination of research methods including the scientific method, literature review, sampling, statistics, research design and analytical technique.

MHA 618 - Gaming Operations

Examination of the history, developments, mechanisms, and techniques employed in the management of casino companies.

And pick one of the following:

MHA 640 - Marketing Systems

Development of marketing and advertising systems for hospitality industries based on both the need to create new markets and the need to respond to significant shifts in social and economic patterns

MHA 639 - Casino Marketing

Examination of marketing theories and practices for casinos with an emphasis on strategies for developing, expanding and maintaining demand for casino properties

Culminating Course (Capstone) - Choose One

MHA 787 - Entrepreneurship in the Hospitality Industry

Comprehensive coverage of various tools, documents, and subject materials utilized to start and maintain a small hospitality business.

Includes entrepreneurial perspectives, challenges, characteristics, self-assessment; starting a new venture; developing business idea and business/marketing/financial organizational plans; and financing and managing the new venture. Other issues include legal, franchising, and international entrepreneurship.

MHA 788 - Professional Paper

Professional paper - the contents of which serve as a capstone research experience based on a current hospitality topic or problem in the industry. The outcome of this final requirement for the degree is a publishable paper.

Culminating Course (Capstone)

MHA 788 - Professional Paper

Professional paper - the contents of which serve as a capstone research experience based on a current hospitality topic or problem in the industry. The outcome of this final requirement for the degree is a publishable paper.

Electives for Hospitality Management Track and Gaming Management Track – Four Required

The four elective courses will be chosen from a broad range of MHA program offerings listed in the catalog.