M.S.Ed. in Education Entrepreneurship

Part of the Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division

The nation’s first Master’s degree in Education Entrepreneurship is designed at the intersection of education, business, and entrepreneurship. This thirteen-month program is delivered in an accelerated executive style, and provides working professionals with the knowledge, practical skills, and experiences necessary to create, fund, and manage innovations in education. Graduates of this unique program leave with the tools necessary to chart new solutions in education such as building education technology ventures, redesigning programs, creating new schools, and leading innovation in educational organizations and corporations.

Fast Facts


  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of 3 years of work experience
  • Entry Terms: Summer Semester
  • Course Requirements: 10 CUs, delivered on campus and online
  • Typical Course Load in Executive Format: 2-3 CUs per semester, accelerated 13-month executive program
  • Culminating Experience: Capstone Project


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It is delivered as an executive style program, using nontraditional scheduling and some blended distance education to accommodate working adults. Students attend multiple on-site intensive sessions at the University of Pennsylvania over the course of the program and complete synchronous and asynchronous online work between these sessions. All students complete core courses within each of the three domains as well as a capstone project. Graduates of the program leave not only with a more robust entrepreneurial mindset, but also with concrete skills that will prepare you to undertake new ventures in your chosen area of interest.

Program of Study

Core Requirements

Download the Education Entrepreneurship Curriculum Guide.

Students in the M.S.Ed. in Education Entrepreneurship program will acquire a strong grounding in three domains: Foundations of Education, Business Essentials, and Entrepreneurial Management of Knowledge.


Within the education domain, students will learn about the connections between policy and pedagogy, as well as the history, structure and goals of schooling. The business domain will focus on marketing, finance, and operations as they pertain to venture creation – in general and to schools in particular. The entrepreneurial management of knowledge domain will provide students with an understanding of how to move research into practice, technology management, intellectual property management, and communications. The combination and integration of all three domains will offer students a comprehensive perspective on innovative ventures in education and position them to create or join such ventures.

  • Domain #1: Foundations of Education (FE)

    In this domain, students study current education systems and policies, as well as the history of how these systems and policies evolved. Students also learn about the history, theory and application of various pedagogies and modes of school organization, as well as how they affect and are affected by government policy and public pressures. Students also study the changing landscape of delivery systems in urban public education.

  • Domain #2: Business Essentials (BE)

    In this domain, students learn about the financial, operational, legal, and marketing aspects of starting and running a business. This domain provides students with core business skills and experiences that they can use to become entrepreneurs in education and to navigate the business aspects of school creation and administration. The program includes three core business courses.

  • Domain #3: Entrepreneurial Management of Knowledge (EMK)

    In this domain, students learn about how entrepreneurs can influence the creation, advancement and successful exploitation of knowledge. How are entrepreneurial insights achieved and developed? How is technology profitably managed and intellectual property rights protected? How do entrepreneurs learn about potential customer segments and meet potential customer needs? How can academic research be effectively connected to practice to improve the viability and impact of products and services?

Business-oriented skills include expertise in business model design, product and service design methodology, marketing strategy, fundraising, best practices in private and public financing, and hiring and talent development. Education-related skills include the ability to navigate the P-20 education policy context, including the ability to identify and gain access to key decision-makers as well as to beta sites and potential consumers, and knowledge of the history and goals of educational institutions. Students also gain expertise in curriculum design and assessment, budget development, and organizational change management. Entrepreneurial skills include expertise in design-thinking, rapid validation methodology, and the application of academic research to enhance product development.

By teaching the key elements of education, business, and entrepreneurship, the program gives entrepreneurs the capacity to successfully create new social impact ventures, including the creation and building of new schools and the development of effective products, services and practices in education.

A Community of Education Entrepreneurs

As a national leader in education research and preparing educational leaders, Penn GSE is continually on the forefront of impactful innovation. From the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition, to the Education Design Studio Inc., we are committed to advancing innovation in education and preparing the next generation of creative leaders. Join our community of education entrepreneurs, and study alongside the nation's finest minds and boldest innovators.

“I’m trying to understand the problem of public urban education in Boston. The diversity of learners, coupled with a limitation of resources, often hinders student achievement,”

Chris Parris

M.S.Ed. student,
Education Entrepreneurship

Parris is part of a significant contingent of Education Entrepreneurship students who consider themselves “intrapreneurs,” professionals who seek to create innovation and change from within established education organizations.


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Program Dates 2016 – 2017*




Summer Intensives JuneJune 24-28, 2016
July 20-24, 2016
Fall 2016 SeptemberSeptember 23-25, 2016
October 28–30, 2016

December 2–4, 2016
 Spring 2017January
January 27–29, 2017
March 10–12, 2017

April 28–30, 2017
 Summer Intensive
June 23–30, 2017
*Dates subject to change

Program Dates 2017 – 2018*




Summer Intensives July 2017 July 13-17, 2017
  August 2017 August 2-6, 2017
Fall 2017 October October 6-8, 2017
  November November 3-5, 2017
December December 8-10, 2017
 Spring 2018 January January 26-28, 2018
  February February 24-26, 2018
April April 6-8, 2018
 Summer Intensive June 2018 June 23–30, 2018
*Dates subject to change


Jeffrey Babin, M.B.A., Entrepreneurship Strand Leader

Associate Professor of Practice, School Of Engineering and Applied Science Associate Director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program

Amy Bevilacqua, M.B.A., Capstone Project Director*

Chief Innovation Officer, American Public Education, Inc.

Denise Dahlhoff, Ph.D.*

Research Director, Baker Retailing Center, The Wharton School

Liza Herzog, J.D., Ph.D.*

Director, Professional Institute for Educators & M.Ed. Programs, The University of the Arts

Martin Ihrig, Ph.D., Founding Academic Director

Practice Associate Professor, Penn GSE
Adjunct Associate Professor, The Wharton School

Rahul Kapoor, M.B.A., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Barbara Kurshan, Ed.D., Senior Advisor and Founder

Executive Director of Academic Innovation and Senior Fellow at Penn GSE

Rachel Pacheco, M.B.A, Management Strand Leader*

Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase Institute

Jason Presley, Ph.D.*

Executive Director of Administration, Chief Financial Officer, and Senior Fellow at Penn GSE

Rand Quinn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division at Penn GSE

Sharon Ravitch, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer at Penn GSE

Janine Remillard, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning and Leadership Division at Penn GSE

Susan Yoon, Ph.D., Education Strand Leader

Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning and Leadership Division at Penn GSE

Jennifer Zapf, Ph.D., Director of Education Entrepreneurship*

and Senior Fellow at Penn GSE

*Additional Faculty Bios


Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Dr. Jenny Zapf
Director, Education Entrepreneurship Program & Senior Fellow in Education

For more information, please contact:

Ayoung Lee
Administrative Coordinator, Education Entrepreneurship Program