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MS in Quality, Safety, and Risk Management in Healthcare

Quality, Safety and Risk Management in Healthcare Recorded Virtual Open House


The MS in Quality, Safety and Risk Management in Healthcare prepares you to lead organizational efforts that improve and monitor quality metrics, improve safety for both patients and staff, and manage risks in a dynamic health care environment.
This interdisciplinary patient safety and health care quality master's program is designed for health care professionals seeking to develop essential competencies to assess, monitor, and improve health care outcomes in community-based care delivery settings, hospitals, and other health care organizations.

 Upon graduation, you will be able to:

  • Apply a legal and ethical framework of health care delivery
  • Further the role of the quality, safety, and risk management professional in the health care system through scholarship, clinical experience, and organizational involvement 
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills in decision-making
  • Integrate multiple technologies and relevant theories into the organization and synthesis of health data to care for patients, families and communities
  • Integrate culturally sensitive care that contributes to the health and wellness of the community
  • Demonstrate leadership through the development of outcome-based standards of care and practice-based health policy issues
  • Drive the quality and effectiveness of care based on current research findings, standards of care, and patient outcomes
  • Contribute to the advancement of health care and humanity through communication, interprofessional collaboration and education

Program Features

  • Designed for those interested in a career that will impact quality, safety and risk management in the healthcare industry
  • Faculty who are current practicing experts in the fields of law, quality, patient safety, and risk management 
  • Interdisciplinary structure, offering the opportunity to learn and work collaboratively as you would in practice
  • Realistic virtual simulation experiences and a short on-campus experience in our state-of-the-art simulation labs, which allow you to apply principles learned throughout the program to realistic, high stakes, simulation activities

State restrictions may apply to some programs.


  • 2 Day Virtual Residency


The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

Application Deadline

August 28, 2023

Admission Criteria

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  • GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or last 60 credits completed.  Applications with a GPA less than a 3.0 may be considered on an individual basis.
  • While specific experience is not required for applicants to the track, previous related work experience may make an applicant more competitive.

Required Documents

With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
  • Two professional references required from previous or current supervisors, managers, faculty members or program directors who can attest to applicant's knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study. 
    • Letters must include the address, phone number, and signature of your recommender
    • Letters of recommendations are waived for students with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Personal statement (no more than two pages and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the following:
    • Why you are choosing this particular program of study
    • Your plans upon completion of the certificate
    • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Copies of any licensure and certification documents
  • Additional requirements for International Students

An admissions interview may be required

Tuition: Information on Tuition can be found here.


This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits. Visit this page to use our quarter to semester credit converter to calculate the difference.

Required Courses


IPS 501

Legal Compliance: Structure and Implementation


IPS 504

Regulations in Health Care


IPS 505

Health Care Quality and the Legal Context


IPS 506

HIPAA: A Patient’s Legal Right to Privacy


IPS 584

Analysis of Performance Standards in Healthcare Quality


IPS 585

Science of Safety, Human Factors, and Systems Thinking


IPS 586

Creating a Culture of Safety


IPS 601

Quality, Safety, and Risk Management Capstone 


MS Sequence


These include interdisciplinary courses with similar content to the NURS counterpart courses. 


HSAD 530

Politics and Policy of Healthcare Resources


HSAD 505

Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Management and Policy


IPS 544

Quality and Safety in Healthcare


RSCH 503

Research Methods and Biostatistics


RSCH 504

Evaluation and Translation of Health Research


Total Credits for MS Degree



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The QSRM MS program is certified by The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). CAHME serves the public by advancing the quality of healthcare management education globally. CAHME is an interdisciplinary group of educational, professional, clinical, and other health sector organizations devoted to quality improvement of education for healthcare management and administration professionals.