Harrah College of Hospitality is excited that you are interested in our Executive Master of Hospitality Administration (MHA) degree program. This is a fully online degree program. This site is designed to help guide you through the application process. If you have questions, please contact Rhonda McElroy, Director of Hospitality Graduate Programs.
If you are not looking to complete the full MHA degree, we also offer a non-degree Gaming Management Certificate Program, which is a one year program where students complete 15 credits. More information for this program is located here. The application requirements for this program are the same as the MHA program listed below.
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Guidance through the Application Process
The MHA program has three application deadlines throughout the year.
Fall Term: July 1 | Spring Term: November 15 | Summer Term: April 1
All applications materials must be submitted by the application deadline. Applications will be considered incomplete after the deadline and may not be reviewed.
- Applicants for the MHA program must hold at least an overall 2.75 or higher undergraduate GPA or a 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA in their last 60 hours.
- Applicants must have at least 3+ years of managerial experience in the field of hospitality (or related field) that includes P & L oversight, strategic focus, and decision making that includes resource allocation.
Online Application and Application Fee
Applicants must complete the UNLV Graduate College online admission application and pay the applications fee ($60 for domestic applicants / $95 for international applicants). Start Now!
Statement of Purpose
Applicants must submit a one-page statement of purpose that provides the Admission Committee with the following information: your background, your ability to be successful in the program, and how this degree will help you advance or change directions in your career.
Letters of Recommendation
- Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters of recommendation can can be from a current manager or previous manager. They do not need to be from a faculty member.
- Select your recommenders carefully. Choose references that can vouch for your abilities to be successful in a graduate program and how this degree will help you achieve your career goals.
- Ensure that your recommenders know you well and can write about your strengths — job performance, leadership within the team or company, etc.
- Make sure to ask your references well in advance to write your letters. Supply your reference with an updated resume to help them learn more about you.
Applicants will provide the names and contact information of their two letter recommenders when completing the online application. A link will be sent to each recommender for them to upload their letter into the application system. Please follow up with your letter recommenders to ensure letters are submitted by the deadline. Also, it is highly recommended letters be submitted in PDF format.
- A one to two-page document as it is important to be very detailed on your experiences.
- Address your education, job experiences and detailed responsibilities, remarkable achievements, projects, professional organizations, awards, and leadership experiences.
- Should provide the Admissions Committee an overall picture of your background and experiences.
Applicants must submit an unofficial copy of all post-secondary transcripts through the online application (upload a PDF copy of each transcript). This is a requirement of the university. In addition, it is a university requirement 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 Graduate College approved 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 must be uploaded into the online application system by the application deadline.
Applicants who are offered admission into the program must submit official transcripts (and Foreign Credential Evaluation if applicable) to the UNLV Graduate College within the first semester of starting the program.
International Students Only
International students must also submit a “Proof of English Proficiency”(example: TOEFL or IELTS exam scores). A copy of the exam results must be uploaded into the application systems. An official copy must be submitted to the university if admission is offered. To learn more about this requirement, visit https://www.unlv.edu/graduatecollege/english-proficiency.
In addition, since the MHA program is online, the university does not sponsor F-1 Visas for students enrolled in the program. The program is completed from your current location.