Master in Healthcare Quality and Safety

How to Apply

All applicants will be required to submit the following materials:

An updated CV detailing your relevant education and experience.

A one-page description of your career goals that includes a description of how the MHQS degree meets your educational objectives.

Your personal statement should include the following:

  • A brief summary of your background and current role in healthcare
  • A description of why you are interested in the program and how you feel the program could advance your professional career goals
  • Consider sharing one or more examples of improvement opportunities in your environment that you would like to work on in the program (optional)

Unofficial transcripts from all past undergraduate and graduate degrees*. Official transcripts will be requested if you are accepted into the program.

*If any of your degrees were received from outside of the United States, you will be required to submit Evaluated Transcripts in place of Unofficial Transcripts. On the application homepage, please choose “Certifile” to send your Evaluated Transcripts.

*If you are currently a HQS Certificate student, please reach out to the CHIPS administrative team.

Two letters of recommendations are required from individuals who can speak to your academic or professional preparation and experience.

For applicants who are part of a training program, please include one letter of recommendation from your program director and one from a leader in quality and safety in your division/department.

*If you are a current HQS Certificate student, please reach out to the CHIPS administrative team.

Please notify your letter writers of the LoR deadline (same as application deadline).

  • Physician Fellows applications – 11/30/2023
  • All other applicants – 3/1/2024

There is a $75 application fee through the online application interface, which accepts credit cards.

Applicants who meet the admissions criteria will be interviewed by program faculty.

Tuition Information

We encourage prospective students to explore funding options prior to applying.
Costs listed below reflect the 2023-2024 academic year for HQS courses per CU. The Certificate in Healthcare Quality & Safety is 4CUs total over the course of two academic years.
 0.5 CU1 CU
General Fee$237$474
Technology Fee$101$202
Visit Student and Financial Services to view the cost of required courses and electives outside of HQS.

Employees of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, and CHOP may be eligible for tuition benefits. If you are employed outside of the above named institution,  please refer to your employee handbook.

University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, and CHOP Tuition Benefits Tip Sheet

UPenn Full Time Faculty and Staff

CHOP Staff
CHOP Education Assistance FAQ

Penn Medicine Staff
Tuition Assistance Guide

Students may be eligible for financial aid.

For more information about financial aid, please contact Penn’s Student Financial Services office at 215-898-1988.

Deadline: March 1, 2024

For new applicants only. Click here for more information.