The University of Nevada, Reno was the first institution of higher education in Nevada. The College of Business has been accredited by the AACSB since 1961 and has been a pioneer in the business community. Reno’s COB held the first Intercollegiate Simulated Business Games and sponsored the first Gambling Symposium. The close proximity to casinos in Las Vegas plays a major role in the college’s focus on the gaming industry.
Bachelor degrees offered to undergraduate students include Accounting, Accounting and Information Systems, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Business, Information Systems, International Business, Management, and Marketing. Students can claim a minor in Accounting, Economics, Economic Policy, Entrepreneurship, Business Administration, Information Systems, or Gaming Management. The Gaming Management minor is unique to the commerce of the local region and is the first academic program focused on the commercial gaming industry.
Students interested in advancing their careers can earn a Master of Business Administration, or a specialized masters degree in Accountancy, Economics, Finance, or Information Systems. A graduate Cybersecurity certificate is also available. Graduate courses are offered in the evenings. Students in the MBA program can tailor their degree with an emphasis in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Technology, or Renewable Energy. The Ph.D. in Business Administration program prepares students for academic positions and executive level management and consulting careers. Concentrations are offered in Organizational Behavior, Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Behavioral Decision Making. Faculty have additional research expertise in the fields of Leadership, Business Ethics, Game Theory, Behavior Economics, and Behavior Finance. Research and teaching assistantships fully fund the cost of tuition and provide a stipend.
The Nevada Global Business program features six summer abroad study destinations, including New York City, Costa Rica, Poland, London, Toronto, and Argentina. Previous destinations have included Singapore and Australia. During these trips, students will attend tours and participate in lectures on international business, management, leadership, and humanities. TEDx University of Nevada is an annual event that attracts some of the world’s best speakers presenting innovative ideas. Wolf Pack Shadow gives students an inside view of several business careers through allowing them to shadow professionals at local businesses, such as Starbucks, Microsoft, MGM Resorts International, Zappos, and Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. Students often seek out internships with the partner companies they have visited. The Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition grants one $50,000 prize to an individual or team each spring that presents the best start-up idea. Business Week, held in September of each year, is a fun event for business students to come together and enjoy a BBQ, company tours, and the popular “Road to TEDx” Student Speaker Competition. Students have access to additional academic resources through the Nevada Small Business Development Center, Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming.
Students can earn an Online Executive Masters of Business Administration. U.S. News and World Report lists this elite program 33rd on its 2018 Best Online MBA Programs ranking. This EMBA consists of 12 courses and is designed to be completed in two years. Employees of MGM Resorts can complete this program at no cost.