The AIC MBA in Resort and Casino Management develops future industry managers and executives that can succeed and thrive in a fast, complex and dynamic 21st-century resort and casino environment. Our students gain a comprehensive understanding of behavioral, ethical, economic, and quantitative aspects of business administration as they apply to this growing field.
AIC’s MBA combines theory with practice to develop a full understanding of the ways that each business discipline can be integrated into a broad-based approach to effective organizational leadership. Through this rigorous program, our students develop their decision-making skills, an analytical approach to identifying and resolving management problems, and an appreciation of the relationships between technology and people in the resort and casino industry.
The MBA Program at AIC is a structured, 12 course, 36 credit program that operates on a cohort-based model, which fosters a close, team-based working relationship between the students within each program-long cohort. For this specialized MBA program, students must successfully complete graduate course work in six core business disciplines and complete five courses specific to the resort and casino industry. The culmination of the program is the MBA Capstone where students pull together the knowledge gained throughout the program by creating a comprehensive business plan to address a significant business problem or issue within the Resort and Casino industry.
The School of Business, Arts & Sciences at American International College have received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas.
Our program teaches comprehensive, industry-specific management practices including leadership, ethics, operations, marketing, branding, quantitative analysis, complex and creative problem solving, data interpretation, project management, and a wide range of practical day-to-day tasks.
The program is designed for recent college graduates, current business professionals and experienced, mid-career managers who seek a graduate business degree to advance their careers, but also prepares students to be able to pursue doctorate degrees if desired.
As a graduate of the program, you’ll have the industry-specific skills and knowledge needed to advance your career as a leader in the growing field resort and casino business, as well as a comprehensive business foundation to allow mobility between industries.
Program is 36 credits; 7 MBA core courses and 5 Resort and Casino Management courses.
Required MBA Core Courses
Resort and Casino Specialized Courses
Required MBA Capstone Course
This course provides a systematic analysis of the strategic and human functions of a business enterprise. The responsibilities of manager for anticipating changes in the business environment, for cautiously adapting goals and policies to environmental opportunities, constraints and adverse pressures, and the search for new combinations of activities that will have favorable results for the organization and the economy will be examined.
This course investigates the process that organizations use to identify the needs of their customers and to create the products and services that meet these needs within the resource constraints and strategic objectives of the organization. The course examines market research, target market selection, market segmentation, position, and branding. It covers all the elements of the marketing mix, showing how they are being transformed by the Internet and the global economy.
This course reviews major topics in microeconomics in combination with recent mathematical developments examined as aids to the decision maker in the solution of problems faced by both public and private enterprise. It introduces the student to an analysis of demand, supply cost, prices and market structure from the point of view of the firm and the industry operating in a mixed enterprise system. The principles of intelligent economic planning involving the determination of the most economical combination of productive inputs and outputs are examined in detail.
This course covers the elements of statistics and management science. It deals with the principle methods that business researchers use to analyze and understand data-central tendency, variation, probability, hypothesis testing and forecasting. It also deals with management science models and techniques for optimization, network design for project management, queuing, managing risk and uncertainty. The emphasis is on providing students with the practical skills and techniques that can be applied to improve the effectiveness of managerial decision making.
Topics include executive decision making in dealing with formal employee-employer relationships; human resources development; line and staff relationships; job description and analysis; recruitment training and performance appraisal; collective bargaining process; labor-management relations; and wage and salary policies and administration.
This course studies financial reporting and analysis as it pertains to the needs of management; principally planning, controlling and decision making. Special emphasis is placed in covering casino security, financial internal control systems and risk analysis and making effective strategic decisions regarding loss prevention.
This course examines the history and development of the gaming and casino operations including the examination of the processes and techniques employed in the management of casino operations including table games, slots and internet gaming. Comparisons, case studies and selected topics focus on organization and department policies, production processes, manpower development, scheduling and current trends in the casino and gaming industry.
Topics covered in this course include development and function of common law; policy considerations; judicial procedure; survey of criminal law, torts, and contracts; Uniform Commercial Code as it relates to sales, commercial paper, and secured transactions; survey of agency; the formation, management, and financing of partnerships, corporations, and other business entities. Special emphasis is placed on review of laws and regulations pertaining to the formation and ongoing operations of casinos and the hospitality industry that have significant impacts on capital expenditures and operating strategies.
This course examines the scope of the convention industry and provides the essential skills required to plan, manage and expedite successful events. Emphasis is placed on project scheduling and planning including inception, marketing, site selection, contract negotiations, selecting suppliers, obtaining sponsorships and budgeting.
This course examines processes and techniques employed in the management of hotel operations including housekeeping, front office management, rebranding, franchising, and facilities management. Additional emphasis is placed on the examination of the restaurant and beverage operations including multi-units operations, restaurant and bar layout, trend identification and product selection, basic production methods, costing and pricing, inventory methods and human resources management. The creation of wine lists, beer lists and cocktail menus is also discussed.
This course examines the process of entrepreneurship from the conception of a new idea through the steps of research and market testing to the crafting of a complete business plan. It focuses on the many ways that entrepreneurs create value and the central role of new venture creation in a free market economy. In this capstone course for the MBA program, students are asked to apply their knowledge. The capstone course for the MBA asks students to apply their knowledge of each business area to putting together and presenting, in the most persuasive but honest manner, an integrated plan for a new venture. For those students who prefer to relate the course to their current workplace, they have the option of preparing an in-depth study of a proposed solution to an existing problem.
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