Apr 13, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Senior Living Hospitality (MA)

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The Master of Arts in Senior Living Hospitality (MASLH) provides an opportunity for those seeking careers in the senior living industry to acquire skills and knowledge related to management of senior living organizations. The program requires a minimum of 31 units of core courses and 12 units of electives. All graduate-level courses are offered on campus and via the Internet. Continuous registration in the program is required. Leaves of absence are available for limited times and are excluded from the total time.

In order to participate in online courses, students will be required to have access to a computer with multimedia capability including a laptop or desktop computer with broadband (high speed) Internet capability including a web browser, word processing software and presentation software, as well as a printer. Specific details regarding the computer requirements will be provided by the school.

Students applying to the Master of Arts in Senior Living Hospitality must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.0. If the applicant’s GPA falls below 3.0, the GRE will be required.


Students must select three electives (for a total of 12 units). Core courses may not double count as electives. Students may take any elective courses from the list below with a few limitations:

  • GERO 599  may be taken in consultation with the academic adviser
  • A maximum of two GERO 400-level courses from the list below
  • A maximum of 4 units of GERO 590 
  • A maximum of 8 units of GERO 591 

Advanced Standing Option

The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology offers an advanced standing option for students who have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or a Master of Business Administration from an accredited college or university. To be eligible for the advanced standing option, students must have successfully completed their bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.00 for the last 60/90 units of undergraduate work or a 3.3 GPA for their MBA. A cumulative 3.5 GPA for all business courses with a grade of B or better is required for admission.

Students admitted with advanced standing will bypass 11 units of the MASLH program and will be required to complete 32 units, including 24 units of required courses and 8 units of electives. 

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