Minimum Expectations

Successful applicants are expected to have some quality improvement experience with an excellent record of scholarship and an aptitude for quality improvement and patient safety. Applicants should have graduated from a four-year undergraduate program with at least a B+ standing in the last two years of study from an accredited university. Due to the nature of the program, preference will normally be given to applicants with Canadian or permanent resident status within Canada, who are employed and who can undertake a substantial quality improvement or patient safety project in their workplace.


  1. Transcripts: Transcripts must be scanned and uploaded to the SGS application website from all post-secondary institutions. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to move forward to the interview stage. 
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Letter of Intent: The Letter of Intent outlines aspirations, learning goals, research interests, and experience relevant to quality improvement and patient safety. (max 1.5 pages)


For those interested in pursuing the thesis stream, students are encouraged to note this at the interview stage. If accepted, additional information is discussed regarding identification of appropriate supervisors in the student’s preferred area of research.

Reference Letters

Applicants are required to enter details for two referees who will automatically receive a notification email requesting them to complete a reference document. The reference is a critical part of the application. The reference document includes instructions on how to submit references via the online application system.

The reference letters from academic and/or professional supervisors should indicate to the admissions committee the applicant’s academic ability and career aspirations and comment on the student’s potential benefit both to and from the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety concentration.

Finance Your Degree

At IHPME, we offer a variety of financial supports to help you succeed in our graduate programs.

Connect with Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS)

QIPS Program Director

Christine Shea
Phone Number: 416-946-3862
Email Address: christine.shea@​

Oversees management of the QIPS Program

Graduate Administrator

Zoe Downie-Ross
Phone Number: (416) 946-3486
Email Address: ihpme.grad.admin@​

Coordinates student records, graduate funding, and student-related awards.

Graduate Admissions

Christina Lopez
Email Address: ihpme.admissions@​

Manages admissions and responds to all related inquiries.

Graduate Assistant

Nadia Ismail
Phone Number: (416) 946-4100
Email Address: ihpme.grad.assist@​

Coordinates various graduate initiatives including defences, student events, and graduation.

QIPS Program Assistant

Devrim Sen
Phone Number: 416-946-8542
Email Address: ihpme.qips.program@​

Manages the QIPS courses including enrolment, grades, and access to Quercus

Graduate Placements

Christina Lopez
Phone Number: (416) 978-1108
Email Address: ihpme.placements@​

Coordinates details involving student placement and experiential learning