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Health Care Quality and Safety, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The Master of Science in Health Care Quality and Safety program is an executive degree program designed to prepare busy health care professionals for leadership roles in the quality and safety areas in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and other health care organizations.


Professionals in health care quality and safety manage the strategic and operational aspects of quality operations; establish goals and standards; lead the quality improvement programs; provide training and coaching in quality improvement tools and techniques; develop, implement and monitor measures to assess quality performance; direct organization-wide quality initiatives including the National Patient Safety Initiatives; and direct ongoing monitoring of accreditation survey readiness activities.

This is a 16-month cohort program with a new cohort beginning each fall semester. The program will require 36 credit hours and will have a thesis option and a non-thesis option. Classes will be offered online, but students will be required to participate in a week-long residential learning session at the beginning of each semester at SHSU’s The Woodlands Center. Applicants with healthcare work experience in clinical or non-clinical settings are preferred.

The program begins accepting applications for the Fall 2016 cohort on December 1, 2015. All of our applications are submitted through theApply Texas system and are processed by the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Health Services Administration
  • Health Care Quality and Safety
  • Advanced Concepts in Health Care Quality
  • Risk Management in Health Care Organizations
  • Leading Change in Healthcare Organizations
  • Statistical Design in Health
  • Resarch Seminar
  • Health Care Quality & Safety Capston
  • Internship
  • Thesis I
  • Thesis II
  • Quality and Safety Public Reporting Systems
  • Health Care Informatics
  • Foundations of Epidemiology
  • Chronic Care Coordination

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • A Graduate Studies Application with the application fee
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution
  • Official transcript(s) from all postsecondary schools attended
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Official scores for the GRE, GMAT, MCAT, DAT, LSAT, USMLE, or other graduate school entrance exams obtained within the last 5 years.  
  • Successfully completed 9 or more hours of graduate coursework from an accredited institution in the U.S. with no grade below a B
  • Evidence of a minimum of 3 years of professional supervisory experience in healthcare

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            Tuition Fee

            • International

              12012 USD/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 6006 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
            • National

              12012 USD/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 6006 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
            • In-State

              10698 USD/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 5349 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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