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) is an online program that represents the real-world environment healthcare providers and patients encounter every day. 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, which is done through interprofessional learning and is unique in healthcare education.

The majority of the coursework will be provided asynchronously through an online learning management system (Canvas).

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

The program has enrollment periods each year, Fall and Spring.

Onsite Residency

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


The longitudinal capstone is a project you will design and implement within an organization. The topic and structure will be decided by you and your capstone instructor, developed as you progress through the program, and presented during the final course.

Two-Track Options

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

Quality & Safety Track

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


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

Human Factors Track

The Human Factors track instructs on prominent human factors engineering principles and methods and applies them to real-world patient safety and quality issues.


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

Course Descriptions

List of required and elective course descriptions


Course Schedule

Full-time and part-time course schedules

Course Schedule

National Association for Healthcare Quality logo

We collaborate with NAHQ to provide competency-based healthcare quality content. Students can sit for the Certified Professional Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) certificate examination upon completing the course. The CPHQ designation is recognized by the industry as the gold standard for healthcare quality and is being sought after by more employers.

Application Process

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