Master’s Degree

Master of Arts in Senior Living Hospitality 

The senior living industry is driven by demographic demand. Beginning in 2011, the baby boomer generation started entering the “senior” market, and by 2029, the remainder of this generation will reach the age of 65 and account for 20% of the U.S. population. According to a report on the senior living industry by Argentum, 1.2 million new employees will be needed to support this demographic by 2025.

USC’s Master of Arts in Senior Living Hospitality program was created in coordination with Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and combines Cornell’s hospitality industry expertise with USC’s innovative research in gerontology. The resulting one-of-a-kind multidisciplinary program equips students with the knowledge and skills needed for a career in this thriving global industry. As an added benefit to this program, all successful graduates will also have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Hospitality from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in addition to their Master of Arts in Senior Living Hospitality. Contact an advisor to learn more.

Designed with flexibility in mind, our senior living hospitality program can be taken on campus or entirely online and as either a part-time or full-time student.

The program requires 43 units of coursework, including 31 units of core courses and 12 units of elective courses. If you already have a BBA or MBA, you may qualify for the advanced standing option, which allows you to bypass 11 units in this program. For more information, visit the admissions page.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all course requirements with an overall GPA of 3.0 or above within five years of admission into the program. To earn graduate credit, students must earn a C or above in their courses.

Please contact with any questions you have about the program.