Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Hotel Administration

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The purpose of this research was to analyze the graduate program in the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with regard to its success in preparing Master's graduates for careers in the hospitality industry. All graduates of the program's 13 year history were surveyed through the mail and 58% returned valid surveys. Respondents were asked to render opinions as to the relative importance 46 competencies had on their professions. The alumni were then asked to evaluate those same competencies on the basis of how well UNLV taught the skills; The responses were coded into SPSS and an analysis of variance was conducted to determine if different demographic groups perceived the competencies in significantly different ways. It was determined that females placed a significantly higher level of importance on competencies having to do with human resources than do males. In addition, respondents who fell into the highest income brackets tended to perceive that UNLV did a poorer job presenting financial competencies than did respondents from lower income brackets. More research was recommended to determine if these results are applicable on a more universal scale.


Alumni; College; Hotel; Importance Master; Nevada; Perceptions; Performance Study; University; Vegas; Las Vegas

Controlled Subject

Business education

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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