Gaming Management Degree Programs and Schools
Learn how a gaming management degree program can prepare you for a career in the gaming industry. Discover career options, salary potential and job outlook.
What You Need to Know
Many hospitality degree programs offer instruction on the basics of working in the hospitality industry combined with the ability to choose a concentration, such as gaming management. If you already have experience working in gaming venues and casinos, you may enroll in a casino management certificate to put some educational credentials behind your experience.
|Classes||Casino accounting, gaming regulations, hospitality industry, roulette, craps, poker and blackjack, casino marketing, economic impacts of the gaming industry, gaming law|
|Degrees||Associate's and bachelor's degrees in gaming management, casino management, hotel and/or hospitality management|
|Median Salary (2017)*||$72,930 per year (for gaming managers)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
What Are My Degree Options?
Associate's and bachelor's degrees are common among game managers but are not necessarily required. You can look for schools that offer degrees in gaming management, casino management, hospitality management or hotel management. An Associate in Applied Science in Casino Management might be offered in addition to a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management with an Emphasis in Tribal Gaming. A Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Gaming Management is also available.
If you hold a bachelor's degree, you have the option of furthering your education with a graduate degree in hospitality management, though this is not typically required for gaming management positions. The gaming management degree program you choose may offer flexibility in scheduling and location. Some programs are offered online, while other programs combine online and on-campus classes.
These schools offer gaming management degree programs:
- The University of Nevada, Reno
- College of Southern Nevada (Henderson)
- The University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- San Diego State University (CA)
- SUNY Broome Community College (Binghamton, NY)
What Courses Will I Take?
Associate and bachelor's degree programs typically require you to take general education courses. Internship opportunities can provide hands-on experience, which could be valued by potential employers. These internships often take place at reputable casino facilities that will provide you with an up-close look at the gaming industry and may include a research component.
- Gaming operations
- Casino regulations
- Casino marketing
- Special events management
- Culture and cuisine
- Nutrition in food service
What Careers Will My Degree Prepare Me For?
Venues that hire trained gaming management professionals include casinos, racetracks, off-track betting rooms or casino product supply companies. Many employers in the gaming industry look for a candidate with a working knowledge of the industry, including familiarity with local and state gaming laws. Before you are hired to work in a casino, you will be required to receive a license from the state you will be working in, and you will typically be subject to a background check.
According to the BLS, as of 2017, game supervisors earned a median annual salary of $50,520 and gaming managers $72,930 according to the BLS. Job opportunities in the gaming industry can include casino products supply manager, casino surveillance operator, gaming regulations professional, casino manager, pit manager, casino accounting manager, race and sports supervisor.