Applicants for the Healthcare Quality and Safety graduate programs must have at least three years of relevant healthcare work experience. Individuals applying to the Master of Science program, must be currently working full-time in a healthcare setting. Applicants for all HQS programs must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university and should meet a GPA of 3.00 or above for the last 60 hours of coursework.

No admission test is required for admission.

Application Deadlines

ProgramEntry TermDeadline
Master of Science in Healthcare Quality & Safety Fall (August)
With HQS Certificate: Summer (May)
May 31
With HQS Certificate: March 1
Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality & Safety Blended: Fall (August) or Spring (January)
Online: Fall (August)
Blended: May 31 or November 1
Online: May 31

Note: Applications received after the admission deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Application Process

The following materials must be submitted to the HQS Program:

Official transcripts from each institution where college credit was received can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to:

UAB Graduate School
LHL G03
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0013

  • Completed online application which includes your current resume, personal statement, scenario-based essay, and 3 letters of recommendation from professional contacts (MS application only)
    • Application Tip: The application system will require you to enter three names and email addresses for those who will be writing your recommendation letters. After entering their contacting information, the system will automatically send each person a link to complete an online recommendation.
  • Transcripts from all universities previously attended (including those from which you did not earn a degree).
    • Application Tip: Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded into the online application system for the admission review process. However, if admitted, you will be required to submit official transcripts from the issuing university to UAB.
  • International students must submit recent scores from an English Proficiency Exam.
  • Submit the application fee.

Additional Information

If you have questions along the application journey, please contact Ashleigh Allgood at 205-934-3529 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..