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Master of Science in HCQS

Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program in Health Care Quality and Safety must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:


  1. A Graduate Studies Application with the application fee
  2. Undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution
  3. Official transcript(s) from all postsecondary schools attended
  4. Minimum GPA of 3.0
  5. Official scores for the GRE, GMAT, MCAT, DAT, LSAT, USMLE, or other graduate school entrance exams obtained within the last 5 years.  This requirement may be waived if any of the following apply:
    1. Graduate or professional degree from U.S. accredited institutions
    2. Successfully completed 9 or more hours of graduate coursework from an accredited institution in the U.S. with no grade below a B
    3. Evidence of a minimum of 3 years of professional supervisory experience in healthcare.
  6. Writing samples:
    1. Please include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at Sam Houston State University, and your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments
    2. Please provide a 500 word description of one key issue in Healthcare Quality or Patient Safety and discuss possible solutions.
  7. Two letters of recommendation from:
    1. Individuals who served in a supervisory capacity, and who can strongly attest to the applicant’s work ethic, and/or
    2. Academic instructors who can strongly attest to the applicant’s academic ability
  8. A CV or resume
  9. Evidence of health care work experience in clinical or non-clinical settings preferred
  10. On-campus or video interview with the MSHCQ&S faculty coordinator for selected competitive applicants meeting all admissions criteria
  11. The program currently does not accept international students

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