Aspiring casino managers must first choose between a shorter, certificate program (6 months to a year) and a degree program spanning 2-4 years. Common coursework includes the ethical and legal issues of hospitality management, gaming, organizational behavior and management of revenue streams.
Universities with Casino Management Programs
These schools offer undergraduate programs related to casino management:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*|
|Northwest Indian College||Bellingham, WA||4-year, Public||Award of Completion||$4,407|
|Morrisville State College||Morrisville, NY||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$7,970 in-state, $18,020 out-of-state|
|University of Massachusetts-Amherst||Amherst, MA||4-year, Public||Certificate||$14,171 in-state, $30,504 out-of-state|
|University of Southern Mississippi||Hattiesburg, MS||4-year, Public||Certificate||$7,334 in-state, $16,204 out-of-state|
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,805 in-state, $9,450 out-of-state|
|Schenectady County Community College||Schenectady, NY||2-year, Public||Associate's||$4,054 in-state, $7,582 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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School Selection Criteria
Students should keep these things in mind when choosing a casino management school:
- Prospective students who are considering certificate programs may want to find out if the credits can be applied to associate's degree programs in casino management or hospitality in the future.
- Students should look for schools located in high-traffic tourist areas, such as Florida or Nevada, as they may offer networking opportunities with hospitality industry professionals.
- Because real-world experience enhances the resume and may lead to a full-time position upon graduation, students should consider programs that offer a built-in internship with local casinos.
- Aspiring casino managers with scheduling constraints or full-time work commitments may want to look for programs that allow for online study.
Undergraduate Certificate Programs
Undergraduate certificate programs in casino management include a short series of courses in the fundamental concepts of the field. Students may learn about gaming policy, financial accounting and asset protection. Depending on the school, these programs typically take one year or less to complete.
Associate's Degree Programs
At some schools, it is possible to earn an associate's degree in gaming and casino management. These programs may include a wider range of courses related to hospitality and casino operations, as well as general education courses. At some schools, students are required to complete an internship in the field. For full-time students, associate's degree programs can be completed in two years.
Students interested in casino management can choose between certificate or degree programs. When choosing the right school, they should factor in their future career goals, the university's location, and whether the school offers internships and real-world experience.