Health Care Quality

School of Medicine and Health Sciences

School of Nursing

Master of Science in Health Sciences (M.S.H.S.), Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Online Learning

Program Overview

As more information about the structure, process and outcomes of health care emerges and the science of quality expands, quality improvement is emerging as an area of expertise in the industry. GW’s master’s program, delivered online, was developed to meet the emerging demand for quality and for patient-safety specialists who have the capacity and competence to grow and sustain a culture of continuous improvement at all levels and within all sectors of the health care delivery system.

Graduates will be prepared to lead the design, development, implementation and evaluation of health care quality and patient safety initiatives. They will have the skills and knowledge needed for success in quality and patient-safety leadership, management and research positions within health care organizations or policy agencies.

Learn more about the Health Care Quality Program.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

M.S.H.S. & Graduate Certificate:

  • Fall - July 15
  • Spring - November 1
  • Summer - April 15


  • Fall - March 1
  • Spring - November 15

The application and all supporting documentation (fees, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, transcripts) must be received by the deadline in order for the application to be reviewed.

Standardized test scores:

Not required

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

Prior academic records:

Transcripts required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Transcripts must be forwarded in their original sealed envelopes.

If academic records are in a language other than English, a certified English language translation must be provided in addition to the original transcripts; translations alone will not be accepted.

Official transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grades, U.S. degree equivalency, grade-point averages (GPA), and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, describe your reasons for undertaking study in the Health Sciences at The George Washington University. You should state your academic objectives, career plans, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements.

PLEASE NOTE that the Health Sciences programs require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:

  • Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, 250 on computer-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or
  • PTE Academic: 68

Supporting Documents not Submitted Online should be Mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Health Sciences Programs
The George Washington University
2100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20037

Contact for Questions:
[email protected] ~ (202) 994-8528
202-994-0870 (fax)
9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday