Advance your career with a master's degree in Senior Living Administration

  • The program is the only one of its kind nationally, and is delivered entirely online.
  • The aging population is rapidly growing, and the senior living industry is burgeoning in response.
  • Leading a senior living community is challenging, exciting, and rewarding.
  • Since 1974, Madonna has been a pioneer in educating aging services professionals.




Gain skills, promote positive aging, and help older adults retain their health and well-being so they can achieve their highest potential. You’ll sharpen your communication and critical thinking skills, and graduate prepared to find and master a rewarding career working in the aging field.

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Faculty Bios

Denise BrothersAssociate Professor, Chair, Population Health and Aging, Graduate Program Director, MPH and MSSLA

Ph.D. Miami University

M.S. Miami University


734-432-5531, Room 1311

Denise Brothers

Dr. Denise Brothers has been a faculty member of the Aging Studies Department since 2013. She holds a M.S. in Exercise and Health Studies and a Ph.D. in Social Gerontology, both from Miami University of Ohio. She also earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, School of Business Administration.

Dr. Brothers teaches the introductory course in aging studies, psychology and aging, global aging, educational program planning, and programs and services for older adults. Her professional interests include understanding how race, class, and gender impact later-life outcomes, such as health, wealth, and social networks. Her research has included exploring how changing demographics and marital patterns are altering the ways in which older men and women are forming and maintaining new relationships in later life.

Earlier in her career, she assisted with a number of research projects on long-term care services and support in the state of Ohio. This research included a qualitative study on the experiences of consumers and caregivers receiving home-and-community based services as well as identifying current and future capacity needs for long-term care. She also engages in public scholarship through her participation on advisory groups within Michigan’s aging network.

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