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Rosen College of Hospitality Management
Hospitality Services
$212.28 per credit hour
$748.89 per credit hour

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Serve an Active Senior Population Through Shaping and Supporting Diverse Lifestyles

The BS in Senior Living Management is an interdisciplinary program that merges hospitality, gerontology and healthcare services. Your core courses will cover each of these areas, and you’ll have the opportunity to take what you learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world through diverse internships. Experience and learn hospitality culture and spirits, and grow your managerial and leadership capabilities to succeed in the senior living industry as a future leader.

This program is brand new and there are only a handful of programs with senior living management in the nation. It is generously supported by the senior living industry with scholarships, work and networking opportunities. Plus, our central location in Orlando, Florida, places you in the hub of the senior living industry.

Offering convenience and flexibility, complete your senior living management degree fully online or on campus. The senior living management program prepares you for a managerial or executive position in the exponentially growing senior living industry. Composed of thousands of for-profit and not-for-profit senior living communities, the industry encompasses independent living communities, assisted living communities, continuing care retirement communities and skill nursing. The modern senior living industry is a combination of 66% hospitality services and 33% healthcare services. The demand for qualified managers is extremely high and the salaries and working conditions are significantly greater than in most other industries, including hospitality and tourism.

Senior living management worker helping older man.


First degree program of its kinds that incorporates hospitality, healthcare management and aging studies.
Oversee residents’ healthcare and housing needs and create dynamic experiences that surpass what’s available in traditional retirement communities.
The job outlook for community managers is projected to grow by 17% through 2029.
Community managers make an average of $67,000 annually.

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Course Overview

Introduction to Hospitality and Senior Living Industries

Get an orientation to the hospitality and senior living industries and their history, structure operating procedures, growth and future direction.

Gain an overview of the physical and emotional needs of the elderly, including the institutional healthcare available.

Explore principles of leadership and strategic management in hospitality and senior living organizations; lecture, discussion, case analysis, scenario analysis, self-assessment, papers and presentations.

Nan Hua, chair for the Department of Hospitality Services at UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Our senior living management program offers students a one-stop opportunity to the huge senior living industry with clear managerial career paths, excellent financial rewards and great service contributions to senior well-being. Its location in Orlando, FL, is an unparalleled advantage to access the hub of the senior living industry.”

— Nan Hua, chair for the Department of Hospitality Services at UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Senior Living Management Skills You’ll Learn

  • Gain a broad set of knowledge, hands-on experiences and cultural touches in hospitality management, aging studies and health management.
  • Combine hospitality and health management in the hub of the senior living industry: Orlando, Florida.
  • Acquire a managerial position in various types of senior living facilities, especially independent living, assisted living and continuous care retirement communities.

Career Opportunities

  • Activity and Event Director
  • Director of Admissions
  • Director of Dining
  • Director of Resident Programs
  • Operations Manager
  • Marketing Manager

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