Schools with Gaming Management Programs: How to Choose

Gaming or casino management programs combine law, accounting, customer service, marketing and economics with the study of social issues specific to casinos. Whether students are interested in a career in the gaming industry or just want to learn more about it, they can find a relevant program.

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Those interested in becoming gaming managers may find programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Many 2-year and 4-year colleges offer these programs, either as concentrations, degrees, certificates, or minors within a larger program.

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Schools for Gaming Management

Here are a few schools which offer gaming management programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-16)*
University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV 4-year, Public Bachelor's $6,943 in-state, $20,853 out-of-state
University of Massachusetts - Amherst Amherst, MA 4-year, Public Undergraduate Certificate $14,171 in-state, $30,504 out-of-state
Niagara County Community College Sanborn, NY 2-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate $4,370 in-state, $10,310 out-of-state
University of Nevada-Reno Reno, NV 4-year, Public Undergraduate Minor $6,902 in-state, $20,812 out-of-state
Lasell College Newton, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $32,000
Morrisville State College Morrisville, NY 4-year, Public Associate's $7,970 in-state, $18,020 out-of-state

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when searching for game management programs:

  • There are degree options from associate's degrees and certificates for working professionals to master's degrees with a gaming management concentration.
  • Broader degree programs, such as those in business, accounting, and hospitality, may include a minor or concentration in gaming management.
  • Some programs may require work experience or an internship in the gaming industry.
  • Online coursework is available in some programs, which may attract students who work full-time or need scheduling flexibility.

Certificate in Gaming Management

A certificate program is an option for gaming professionals or executives who don't have the time for a degree program. Certification seekers may take classes in race and sports book operations, casino management, casino surveillance, and public policy analysis.

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Gaming Management

These 2-year programs often require students to gain work or internship experience at a gaming site. Students take some classes in the liberal arts and humanities, but focus on professional development. Courses for the program include accounting, human resource management, sales and marketing, and leadership strategies.

Bachelor's Degree in Gaming Management

Students who spend four years in a gaming management program might take courses in math, science, English and business writing to round out the classes and internships in their field. They may also spend more time studying broader topics related to gaming, such as leadership and the hospitality industry. Bachelor's degree programs offer classes in legal and regulatory aspects of gambling, front office operations, casino social issues, and hospitality finance.

Minor or Concentration in Gaming Management

This option is usually offered with a bachelor's or master's degree program in business or hospitality service administration. Internships in the gaming field may not be required, but students take basic gaming management classes and learn about a variety of businesses. Topics of study include financial accounting, economic and social issues in gambling, business statistics, data analysis, and lodging operations.

While sometimes only included as additional courses in a hospitality management degree, several colleges and universities do offer gaming or casino management programs as a stand-alone certificate or degree.

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