About the Program

The online Executive Master's in Clinical Quality, Safety, and Leadership (CQSL) patient safety program is designed for both clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals interested in taking healthcare quality and patient care services to a higher level of excellence. It is expected that the graduates from this program will be actively involved in their workplace and will become leaders of the hospitals and other health entities. Competencies for optimal patient care outcomes in the clinical environment include knowledge, skills, and attitudes in critical disciplines not traditionally taught in health science education. The Executive Master's in CQSL program in collaboration with MedStar Health is housed under Biomedical Graduate Education.

The Mission

With the teaching and mentorship of national and international experts, in addition to the core Georgetown faculty, the online program will immerse learners in advanced theory and concepts of healthcare quality, patient safety science, and organizational leadership. The learners will develop a level of proficiency in the methods of these fields. The demonstration of learning will be evidenced by the completion and presentation of a mentored capstone project.

Provide learners with:

  • The educational learning experiences and environment that promote advanced discipline competence;
  • Capacity to obtain career success in their healthcare related professional field;
  • Personal and societal responsibility for the delivery of safe, quality patient care.

The Executive Master's in CQSL program requires completion of 32 credit hours. Full-time learners can obtain the degree within 16 months. The majority of the coursework will be provided asynchronously through an online learning management system (Blackboard). The program requires one (1) four-day intensive onsite requirement. The residency provides the opportunity for learners to practice and apply the tools and principles introduced in the preceding online courses, and to participate in active learning with cohort members in a face-to-face format. The program has two starts each year, Fall and Spring.


"The Executive Master’s degree provides tools that can easily be applied in our daily mission of providing safer patient care. The instructors in this program are true experts within the field; not only are they bringing their skill set, but they are sharing their stories with us which makes it more personal and reinforces engagement from the learners.”

Mary Herold RN, BSN, CNML; System Clinical Safety Program Operations Manager and current EMCQSL learner