Assisted Living/Senior Housing Administration Concentration,
Health Administration, BS

Student Testimonial

Catherine Klett

"George Mason provided me a fantastic education and a unique program in senior housing administration that laid the foundation and gave me the key tools and contacts to start in this industry. I use my education and my George Mason network daily. I am very grateful for having started at such a renowned academic institution that gave me the confidence and skill set to do well in this very competitive industry."

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Catherine Klett
BS '05 Health Science,
Assisted Living Administration
Executive Director
Brookdale Senior Living
Virginia Beach, Virginia

About the Concentration

Sunrise Assisted Living, Fair Oaks
Sunrise Senior Living at Fair Oaks

The senior housing administration concentration offers the nation's first curriculum dedicated exclusively to the executive management of the nation's active adult, independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities. Since its inception in 2002, more than 500 students have completed coursework within the concentration, with alumni employed in community, regional, divisional, corporate, association, and related senior housing positions throughout the United States.

The concentration is designed to provide graduates with the operational, marketing, resident care, and hospitality services skills required to become effective executives and managers of senior housing communities. Equally important, the program provides exposure to and understanding of the unique philosophy of senior housing relative to choice, dignity, autonomy, and quality of life for older adults.

College of Health and Human Services faculty and senior housing industry leaders serve as instructors and featured speakers to the program.

Graduate coursework is available as elective credit in the areas of senior housing operations management and sales and marketing, as part of the overall Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree.

Undergraduate coursework provides for a concentration in senior housing administration as part of a Bachelor of Science in health administration degree. The senior housing administration concentration includes coursework in senior housing operations, philosophy, sales and marketing, and a senior year internship within a senior housing community or related organization. Additional core courses are completed as part of the BS in health administration degree, including health finance, accounting, law, human resource management, information technology, ethics, and leadership. Concentration electives include coursework in gerontology, psychology of aging, nutrition, death and dying, and assistive technologies.

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Questions?

Andrew CarlePlease visit our department’s FAQs for prospective students, Assisted Living/Senior Housing Administration FAQs, or links and resources. If you still have unanswered questions, please email us at hap@gmu.edu or contact the coordinator of the program.

Andrew Carle, MHSA
Executive-in-Residence, Senior Housing Administration Concentration
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Administration and Policy
703-993-1955
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