Executive Master’s

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. With the teaching and mentorship of national and international experts, in addition to the core Georgetown faculty, learners will acquire working knowledge of key priorities in 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.

We opted to create an online program that represents the environment similar to that which healthcare providers and patients are engaged in their professional roles. The majority of the coursework will be provided asynchronously through an online learning management system (Canvas). The program requires one (1) three-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 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 and have teamed up to provide you with access to impactful content rooted in principles of patient safety and waste reduction.

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 18 percent from 2018 to 2028, 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.