The Erickson School offers a unique interdisciplinary undergraduate major that prepares individuals for entry-level careers in non-profit, public and private-sector organizations that address the ongoing aging revolution in society. The major blends knowledge about human aging, public policy and management with skills that include communication, financial literacy, critical thinking, human resources, leadership and management of organizations. This combined knowledge base positions graduates to work in a wide array of professional careers, and provides a strong foundation for additional education or training in a range of fields, including policy, management, law, human services and entrepreneurship. Students can customize the major in several ways. Independent study courses, designed in coordination with a faculty member, and an array of special topics courses intended to address emerging issues in the areas of policy, practice and research provide both up-to-date knowledge and opportunities for specialization. In addition, the practice experience provided in an advanced internship, described in detail below, extends both career-related experience and specialized knowledge. Through these means, students may focus their careers toward the public/governmental/policy sector, toward the non-profit/advocacy sector or toward the private/business sector.
The Erickson School breaks new ground by connecting the brainpower of a leading research university with the practical expertise and knowledge of seniors housing and care authorities and aging services leaders nationwide.
Established through a visionary gift from Erickson Retirement Communities Chairman of the Board, CEO and Founder, John Erickson, the School provides professional education, public policy leadership, and applied research related to aging, seniors housing and long-term care. The School also offers a Bachelor of Arts program in the Management of Aging Services.
All students enrolled in the major in Management of Aging Services are assigned to an academic advisor to craft a plan to achieve success in their major requirements and in their general university requirements. The academic team for the undergraduate program supports students to maximize their success in the program and at UMBC. Specific advising with regard to internship is integrated into this process.
Both faculty and staff at the Erickson School are always available to meet with students and to assist them in any way possible to ensure that that they get the most out of their time in the Erickson School program.
The Erickson School provides students with enrichment activities that include student-focused programs, distinguished outside speakers and opportunities to hear from researchers and practitioners who are “up to the minute” on relevant topics and innovations in policy and practice. The Erickson School offers special scholarships and financial awards to students majoring in the program.
Internships provide students the opportunity to get practical experience and to apply their experience in a capstone course, including development of a career dossier. Career placement services through The Erickson School provides pathways to career opportunities for seniors approaching graduation. Events and new program developments are posted on our Web site, as are exciting opportunities to participate in research, student organizations and other relevant activities.