Master of Science in Quality and Safety in Health Systems (MS)

Program Highlights: 

  • Open to all health care professionals aspiring to improve the safety and quality of healthcare 
  • Graduates will be prepared to meet the demands of risk management and patient safety operations including creating a culture of quality and safety in health care organizations
  • Develop knowledge and skills to create, initiate, and improve patient quality, delivery, and safety initiatives while also reducing costs
  • 5 semester (35 credits) hybrid program including a practicum conveniently completed at your workplace 

For additional program specific information, visit the School of Nursing.

Graduate School Application

Admission Requirements: 

  • Quality and Safety in Health Systems Writing Sample
  • Current Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • All completed recommendation forms and letters should either be emailed as a signed attachment to or sent via mail to ATTN: Graduate School, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, Oregon, 97203, directly by the reference  
  • Official Transcripts (from all previously attended academic institutions)
    • Must be submitted directly from the institution or in a sealed envelope given to the applicant directly from the academic institution 
    • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of Portland is required 
      • GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) 
      • International Applicants: Transcripts from foreign universities must follow above guidelines as well as be in English for be accompanied by an English translation certified as authentic
      • International Applicants: All foreign degrees will be evaluated by International Student Services prior to an admissions decision 
  • Current employment in healthcare industry
  • International Applicants: an official score from either the TOEFL (minimum score of 88) or IELTS (minimum score of 7.0) exam is required
  • International Applicants: Proof of financial support will be required to attend the University of Portland, but is not required for application review  

Application Timeline: 

Please contact Becca Fischer (information below)

Program Contact: 

International Applicants: 

  • Please note the additional application requirements listed above in the "Admission Requirements" section
  • For additional information, visit International Student Services


University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.,
Portland, Oregon 97203-5798