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Casino Management Universities, Colleges and Schools in the U.S.

Students who wish to enter the field of casino management can enroll in an associate's degree or undergraduate certificate program. Schools located near casinos and tourist hot spots typically have casino management programs.

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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.

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