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Program in Senior Housing Administration

"GMU's innovative program...represents the vanguard of an industry poised for rapid

-Caring for the Ages magazine

Sunrise Senior Living

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Emeritus at Boynton Beach

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Belmont Village

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Senior Housing FAQ

For more information on senior housing and careers in the field, please review our FAQ.


Student Testimonials

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."

More from Ms. Klett in CHHS Alumni News.

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

About Senior Housing

Andrew Carle

Andrew J. Carle, MHSA
Senior Housing Administration
Phone: 703-993-9131

Located within the Department of Health Administration and Policy, College of Health and Human Services, the program in Senior Housing Administration offers the first curriculum dedicated exclusively to the management of the nation's Active Adult, Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Continuing Care Retirement Communities. Since its inception in 2001 more than 600 students have completed coursework within the program, with alumni employed in community, regional, divisional, corporate, association, and related senior housing positions throughout the United States.

The program in Senior Housing Administration 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.

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’s in Health Administration (MHA) degree.

Undergraduate coursework provides for a concentration in Senior Housing Administration (SHA) as part of a Bachelor’s in Health Administration (BS) degree. The SHA concentration includes coursework in senior housing management and philosophy, sales and marketing, and a senior year internship within a senior housing community or related organization. Concentration electives include coursework in gerontology, psychology of aging, nutrition, death and dying, and assistive technologies.

For information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete the program, and other important information, please visit our website at

SHA in the News 

SHA Happenings

Students at Greenspring

Mason undergraduate students tour Greenspring Village, a Virginia Continuing Care Retirement Community. The community also hosts student interns from the Program.

10th Annual Student “Mystery Shops” Reveal Continuing Issues In Senior Housing Marketing

Nationally recognized “Mystery Shops” of assisted living and related senior housing communities have been completed by SHA students since 2004. Read the latest results, which document the continued need for training and performance improvement of industry sales staff.