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Please see below the frequently asked program-related questions. For admissions-related questions, please click here.

Yes, the majority of courses are held weekly on interactive videoconferencing software. You are required to sign into class once a week for 2.5 - 3 hours. There are two (2) in-person intensive weeks in the program; you would need to attend one (1) intensive week (5 days) in July/August of your 1st and 2nd year of the program.

First-year courses are held on either Monday or Tuesday evenings. Second-year courses are held on either Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Your annual academic schedule will be released during the summer prior to the beginning of term. The classes are held one (1) day per week between 7:00pm - 10:00pm EST.

Each class runs for approximately 2.5 - 3 hours per week. Additionally you can also expect to spend 10 - 15 hours per week to work on your course work depending on deadlines and group assignments.

Yes, the program runs year-round for two (2) years. You would finish your final program course between May - September and graduate in November.

No. This program is a part-time online program with no full-time stream.

No. You cannot complete the two (2) programs simultaneously or continuously. The MScHQ is a part-time two (2) year program and is different from the PhDHQ program which is a four (4) year full-time program.

No. It is a course-based Master’s program.

The research project is your final program course. The focus of this course is on the scholarship of integration, implementation, and application. Students will develop research skills to rigorously search for evidence on a clearly defined question, conduct a project, and present findings orally and in a major paper. The course will be guided by a faculty member at Queen's University and/or a mentor based in practice. Students will identify their project by the end of the first year to enable ethics and administrative approvals.

Our alumni have been promoted into leadership roles, accepted new positions, or enhanced their current capacity in healthcare quality, risk and safety fields. Health quality, risk, and safety is an emerging field and our alumni have been very successful with job prospects.

There are currently no program specific funding opportunities offered at this time but we do encourage applicants to seek external sources of funding via grants, employers, etc. Our program has not been eligible for OSAP in the past because we are a part time program but you always check with the Queen's Awards Office ( to see what is presently available.

Regarding external grants and funding, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada does offer some opportunities to those who may be eligible here. In the past some MScHQ students who are Fellows have successfully applied for and received the College's Regional Professional Development Grant. If you are have been approved for this grant and require a supervisor/mentor/instructor to complete the grant conditions, please contact and we will direct your email to the appropriate contacts.  


Also, Scholarship Canada ( and Yconic ( are just a couple of the many resources you can browse to see if you match any scholarships.

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