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MS/MSN in Quality, Safety, and Risk Management in Healthcare


The MS/MSN 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 health promotion activities that contribute to the health and wellness of the community into practice
  • Demonstrate leadership through the development of outcome-based standards of care and practice-based health policy issues
  • Evaluate and modify 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, 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

December 6, 2021

Admission Criteria

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • For nurses pursuing an MSN: Your BSN must be from an institution accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN) and/or the American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The accrediting body for NLN is ACEN and the accrediting body for the American Association Colleges of Nursing is CCNE.
  • Nurses with a non-nursing BS may consider applying for the RN-BSN-MSN program (coming soon) to earn both a BSN and MSN concurrently.
  • GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or last 60 credits completed
    • Those with a lower GPA may be considered on individual basis
  • While specific clinical work and/or volunteer experience is not required, it may make your application 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, nursing faculty members or program directors who can attest to applicant's clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study. References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.
    • Letters must include the address, phone number, and signature of your recommender
  • Personal statement describing your interest in the program and particular specialty
  • Resume
  • For nurses pursuing an MSN: Copy of your current U.S. Registered Nurse license
  • 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

HIPPA: 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 


Choose from one of the following sequences:


MSN Sequence


These are the Core MSN courses that all MSN students take. They incorporate the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011) and QSEN Graduate Competencies (AACN, 2012). 


NURS 500

Confronting issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments


NURS 502

Advanced ethical Decision Making in Health Care


NURS 544

Quality and Safety in Healthcare 


RSCH 503

Research Methods and Biostatistics


RSCH 504

Evaluation and Translation of Health Research 


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 MSN Degree


Total Credits for MS Degree



The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Drexel University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202.887-6791.

The QSRM MS/MSN 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.