University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Business
Specialization: Gaming Management
Year program was founded: 1996
Enrollment: Five to 15, depending on the year
The University of Nevada, Reno, has carved out a unique niche for itself with its gaming management program, which grew out of the school’s Institute for the Study of Gambling & Commercial Gaming. The majority of students are not career switchers, probably because the gaming industry in Northern Nevada, where the school is located, has been weak for the past decade, says Bill Eadington, the institute’s director and a professor at the school. The school offers about six courses a year, tackling such subjects as casino management, regulation of gaming industries, and public policy issues that affect gambling. Recent MBA graduates have taken executive or management positions at Foxwoods, Caesars, Wynn Resorts, and various Indian casinos throughout the U.S. Some of the program’s graduates have gone on to pursue illustrious careers in the industry. For example, Wang Xuehong, a 2004 graduate, is now director of the Center for the Study of Lottery in China at Peking University in Beijing, the major policy advisory entity on gambling in China.