Feb 06, 2023  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Hospitality Administration - Executive Online Program M.H.A.

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The Master’s of Hospitality Administration (MHA) degree is a 30-credit program designed to bring hospitality executives together to learn the latest management and leadership techniques in an executive format, via the Internet and other media. Demand determines the class schedule for the program.

Courses are taught entirely online—there is no requirement that any student come to the main UNLV campus (although all students are encouraged to participate in the graduation exercises). Courses are offered throughout the year in five eight-week sessions. Two sessions are scheduled during the fall and spring semesters and one during the summer semester. At least two required courses and two elective courses are offered during each session. The professional paper class is offered during the regular 16-weeks of the Fall and Spring semesters and for an extended time during the Summer semester to afford students time to complete their projects. The professional paper should adhere to the American Psychological Association’s current publication manual regarding writing style and format.

In addition to regular tuition and fees, this program has an additional fee of $510 per credit to cover the cost of delivery in an executive format. For more information, contact the program coordinator at (702) 895-5430.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submission of completed online application form and required admission fee.
  2. Submission of official transcripts from all institutions attended after high school to both the Harrah Hotel College Graduate Studies Office and the UNLV Graduate College. Please note: it is a requirement of the UNLV Graduate College that students with class credits and/or degrees from educational institutions outside the United States must provide a course-by-course evaluation of those credentials by a NACES Evaluation Agency. This is to obtain an evaluation of the courses, verification of degrees, and establish accreditation of the schools and/or universities. A copy of this evaluation should be sent to both the UNLV Graduate College and the Harrah Hotel College Graduate Studies Office.
  3. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university with an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale or at least 3.00 in the last two years of undergraduate work. Please note: neither the GRE or the GMAT is required for admission to this program.
  4. Three or more years of full-time experience in a management/supervisory capacity in the hospitality industry.
  5. Two letters of recommendation, one from a current or former employer and one from a college faculty member able to evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program. If the applicant is no longer in touch with faculty members, letters from two employers will suffice.
  6.  A current resumé with employer references. The resume should clearly indicate job titles, place and dates of employment, and specific job responsibilities.
  7. A brief essay of approximately 500 words outlining the applicant’s career goals and reasons for pursuing a graduate degree.
  8. International applicants: if English is not the applicant’s native language, and his/her baccalaureate degree was not from a school where English was the language of instruction, the applicant must complete one of the language tests listed below with the minimum score indicated or above:


Paper-based Test: 550 (minimum writing score: 58)


Computer-based Test: 213 (minimum writing score: 24)


Internet-based Test: 80 (minimum writing score: 21, minimum speaking score: 21)


Michigan Test:

85% (minimum scores: 40 out of 50 speaking; 40 out of 50 writing)




  Pearson English Language Test 65

Unofficial scores may be submitted with the online application, but official scores must be sent directly from the testing center to the UNLV Graduate College to complete the application.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Because this program is offered totally online and is available anywhere in the world, UNLV cannot issue an I-20 and one cannot obtain a student visa to come to the United States based upon enrollment in the Master’s of Hospitality Administration program.


Application Deadlines

Fall – August 1
Spring – December 1
Summer – May 1

All documentation and application materials must be in the UNLV Graduate College and the Harrah Hotel College Graduate Studies Office by the deadline listed above for the application to be considered.


UNLV Graduate College
4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451017
Las Vegas, NV 89154-1017

Harrah Hotel College Graduate Studies Office
4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 456017
Las Vegas, NV 89154-6017


Degree Requirements

Students must successfully complete 30 credit hours of 500-/600-level course work in the MHA program in the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. These credits will come from four elective courses, five required courses and a professional paper.

Students may take courses in any order with three exceptions: six or more credit hours must be completed before MHA 635 Research Methods can be taken, MHA 635 - Research Methodology  must be taken prior to MHA 688 - Professional Paper  , and it is recommended that the professional paper be taken in the last semester of study. Students can schedule their individual programs with the MHA academic advisor.

Required Courses


MHA Elective Courses (for a complete list see “Courses for William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration” link on the college’s main page of the Graduate Catalog)
MHA 607 - Hospitality Industry Cost Control 


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