Executive Master’s Program

16 Months

32 Credits
Full-Time or Part-Time

Three day onsite in the DC area to meet your cohort and engage with faculty.

What You’ll Learn

The Executive Master’s in Clinical Quality, Safety and Leadership (CQSL) program provides an opportunity for sustained interprofessional learning, which is quite unique in healthcare education. The purpose of the Executive Master’s CQSL program is to immerse learners in advanced theory and concepts of healthcare quality, safety science and organizational leadership. The learners will develop a level of proficiency in the methods of these fields, and this will be demonstrated through a capstone project. 

A capstone is a project you will design and potentially implement in your organization. The topic and structure will be decided by you and your capstone instructor during the first capstone course. A longitudinal capstone is developed as you progress through the Master’s program and will be presented during the final capstone course.

Two unique track opportunities

Georgetown University’s Executive Master’s in Clinical Quality, Safety and Leadership will now offer two track options for all students.  Both courses will require courses CQSL501-505 and all capstone courses CQSL601-607. 

The Quality & Safety track will focus on healthcare policies, regulation and economics, along with how leaders are creating and leading sustainable change within healthcare.

Quality & Safety Track Electives

  • CQSL506-Policy Regulation and Economics and 
  • CQSL507- Creating and Leading Sustainable Change.

The Human Factors track will instruct on prominent human factors engineering principles and methods, and apply them to real-world patient safety and quality issues, and provide relevant examples.

Human Factors Track- Electives 

  • CQSL508- Human Factors Core Principles  
  • CQSL509- Human Factors Core Methodology and Applications.

We created an online program that represents the real world environment healthcare providers and patients encounter every day. The majority of the coursework will be provided asynchronously through an online learning management system (Canvas).

The program requires a one time, three day onsite at Georgetown University. The residency provides the opportunity for learners to practice and apply the tools and principles introduced in the preceding online courses, and participate in active learning with cohort members in a face-to-face format.

Georgetown’s Executive Master’s in Clinical Quality, Safety and Leadership and the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) believe a coordinated, quality-competent healthcare workforce begins in the classroom. We have partnered with NAHQ to use their material as part of our CQSL503- Quality Improvements Methods course. Upon completion of the course you will be able to sit for the Certified Professional Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) certificate examination. The CPHQ designation is recognized by the industry as the gold-standard for healthcare quality and being required by more employers.

The program has two starts each year, Fall and Spring.

Whether full-time or part-time, the courses will not overlap as the program is designed to take one course at a time.

A sample schedule can be found under course schedule.


List of required courses and course descriptions.


Course Schedule

View the an example course schedule for full-time students.

Course Schedule

Application Process

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Why an Executive Master’s in Clinical Quality, Safety & Leadership?

The Executive Master’s in Clinical Quality, Safety & Leadership (EMCQSL) program is designed for both clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals interested in becoming the next healthcare quality and safety leaders. It is expected that the graduates from this program will be actively involved in their workplace and will serve as agents of change.

“Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.” 

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm.