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Boston University School of Hospitality Admin. Launches Weekend Master’s Degree Program

BU SHA providing tuition assistance for high-performing executives in training to match employer contribution.



Boston University School of Hospitality Administration (BU SHA) has announced a Weekend Master’s Program in Senior Living, which will launch in Fall 2022. Designed for professionals and executives, the courses in this part-time program will be offered on weekends and will take two years to complete.


Comparable to the full-time MMH degree, the weekend structure for Senior Living concentration students will offer the core business courses in the Fall terms: Leadership, Financial Management, Branding, and the program’s flagship course, Innovation & Disruption. Spring term courses consist of the existing Senior Living courses including Senior Living Operations, Monitoring the Resident Journey Experience, and the Business of Senior Care. Electives are also available in Hospitality Real Estate Financing & Feasibility and other SHA classes, as well as through the Boston University School of Social Work (Social Policy and Programs in Aging; Clinical Practice with Older Adults) and Boston University’s School of Public Health (Individual, Community and Population Health).


Instructors include executives in the Senior Living sector: Scott Eckstein, director of the MMH Senior Living program, Fara Gold McLaughlin, Chief Revenue Officer of Senior Living Foresight, Chris Arruda, Chief Investment Officer of SALMON Health and Retirement, and Matthew Hollingshead, Executive Director of Business Development Hebrew SeniorLife.


I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my journey within BU’s graduate-level Senior Living program thus far, and I am thrilled that the program will now be able to expand its reach and accessibility. This new addition provides professionals with a unique opportunity to earn their master's in senior living with the ease and flexibility of an accelerated weekend class schedule,” said Serena Lipton, a student in the first cohort of graduate students.


Lipton is an associate with Artemis Real Estate Partners’ in their healthcare business, responsible for supporting acquisitions and asset management activities across the healthcare platform with a focus on seniors housing. She received her BS from BU School of Hospitality Administration in 2018 and has been instrumental in promoting the career opportunities in the field of senior living to the students.


Tuition-Match Incentive Program


Senior Living companies are encouraged to consider this two-year, part-time degree as an additional employee retention vehicle. The School of Hospitality Administration will also provide tuition assistance to match the contribution from the employer. This tuition-match incentive for high-performing associates, such as Executive Directors in training, is designed as a reward and recognition tool for employers to strengthen and retain the talent pool in this most important discipline of our society.


Applications for executives are due on May 1, 2022. BU SHA welcomes questions about the application and program requirements. No GRE necessary.


Visit BU SHA’s website for courses and more information: Master of Management in Hospitality – Senior Living | BU SHA.

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