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JD/MSEd Higher Education: Graduate School of Education

Students in the joint graduate program with the Graduate School of Education can earn a JD/MSEd in Higher Education. The aim of this program is to cross-train leaders who will assume high level positions in educational law in both the public and private sectors.

Students can earn both degrees in three years. The MSEd is a ten (10) credit course of study plus a Master’s research paper.  Joint degree students may apply up to four (4) relevant courses taken at GSE toward the JD and up to four (4) Law School courses towards the MSEd Higher Education.

Students apply separately to each department. Applications to the MSEd program are welcomed: 1) contemporaneously with the Law School application; 2) after acceptance to the Law School but prior to matriculation; or 3) after matriculation during the 1L year.

Penn Law will accept either the GRE, GMAT or LSAT. If applying to GSE after acceptance to Penn Law, GSE will accept whatever standardized test was provided to Penn Law. If applying to GSE prior to admittance into Penn Law, students must take the GRE for GSE.

Additional Information:

For more information regarding this joint degree and/or the application process, please contact:

  • Admitted or current JD students:  Amanda S Aronoff, Director of Cross-Disciplinary Programs & Academic Options at
  • Applicants or prospective applicants to the Law School:
  • MSEd Higher Education contact: Ross Aikins, Ph.D., Lecturer and Program Manager, Higher Education Division, GSE at