Executive Master’s Program

16 Months

32 Credits

Two Tracks

Define Your Studies

3-Day Onsite in D.C.

Meet Your Cohort and Faculty

What You’ll Learn

The Executive Master’s in Clinical Quality, Safety & Leadership (EMCQSL) is an online program representing the real-world environment that healthcare providers and patients encounter every day. The program immerses learners in advanced theory and concepts of healthcare quality, safety science, and organizational leadership, using a unique interprofessional learning format.

The majority of the coursework is provided asynchronously through an online learning management system (Canvas). You can choose to enroll full-time or part-time, and can start in Fall or Spring. Regardless of enrollment, courses will not overlap: The program is designed to be taken one course at a time, allowing you to get the most out of each class.

Onsite Residency

The program requires a one-time, three-day onsite in Washington, D.C. This residency provides opportunities to apply the tools and principles you’ve learned in the preceding courses through face-to-face active learning with your cohort.


The longitudinal capstone is a project you will design and implement within an organization. You will decide on the topic and structure in discussion with your capstone instructor, develop your project as you progress through the program, and present it during the final course.

Two Tracks

Our program offers two tracks, allowing you to tailor your studies to the topics and skills of greatest interest to you. The track you choose determines which electives you will take, complementing the five required courses and seven capstone courses.

Quality & Safety

The Quality & Safety track focuses on healthcare policies, regulations and economics, along with how leaders are creating and leading sustainable change in healthcare.

  • CQSL 6506 Policy, Regulation, & Economics 
  • CQSL 6507 Creating & Leading Sustainable Change

Human Factors

The Human Factors track includes instruction on prominent human factors engineering principles and methods as applied to real-world patient safety and quality issues.

  • CQSL 6508 Human Factors Core Principles  
  • CQSL 6509 Human Factors Methodology & Applications
A recorded frame from the EMCQSL info session lists required courses for the master's program.

Learn More About Us

Watch our recorded info session for an overview of the Executive Master’s program, or fill out our information request form.

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Career Advancement

Our students benefit from the services of the Biomedical Graduate Education career office, including one-on-one advising, skills workshops, leadership programs and more to help them take the next step in their professions.

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