Dual and Joint Degrees

At the University of Pennsylvania, we encourage all students to explore their academic interests beyond their program of study, including interdisciplinary ventures outside of their program, division, or even their school.

Penn GSE offers a number of dual degrees in coordination with other graduate schools at the University of Pennsylvania. You must be a full-time student and accepted to each program separately prior to obtaining a dual degree. Enrolled students interested in pursuing a dual degree within one of these programs should immediately consult with their academic advisor.

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School of Social Policy and Practice | Penn GSE Dual Degrees

M.S.W./M.S.Ed. Dual Degrees at SP2 and Penn GSE 

In the typical course of study, M.S.W. students would begin the dual degree program in their second year of graduate study. Students would start their first year of study at the School of Social Policy and Practice, complete Penn GSE coursework in year two, and finalize their M.S.W. requirements in year three. Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student is awarded the degrees of Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) from SP2 and the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) from Penn GSE. Students may choose either the clinical or macro concentration in the social work program when completing the M.S.W./M.S.Ed. dual degree.

Education, Culture, and Society M.S.Ed.

The Education, Culture, and Society M.S.Ed. program at Penn GSE offers training in a broad array of theoretical and methodological approaches to the nuanced study of education as a social, cultural, and historical phenomenon. Visit the Education, Culture, and Society, M.S.Ed.,  and the M.S.W./M.S.Ed. Dual Degree Program for more information.

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Intercultural Communication, M.S.Ed.

The Intercultural Communication M.S.Ed. program provides a foundation in ethnographic approaches to the study of communication between members of different cultural groups and within different organizational contexts. Visit the Intercultural Communication, M.S.Ed. and the M.S.W./M.S.Ed. Dual Degree Program for more information.

Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, M.S.Ed.

The Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development M.S.Ed. program at Penn GSE examines the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical aspects of human development within the context of culture and social policy. Visit the Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, M.S.Ed. and the M.S.W./M.S.Ed. Dual Degree Program for more information.

Reading, Writing, and Literacy, M.S.Ed.

The M.S.Ed. program in Reading, Writing, and Literacy is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on literacy and language from sociopolitical, cultural, psychological, historical, linguistic, and literacy perspectives. Visit the Reading, Writing, and Literacy, M.S.Ed. and the M.S.W./M.S.Ed. Dual Degree Program for more information.   

Statistics, Measurements, Assessment, and Research Technology, M.S.Ed.

The M.S.Ed. program in Statistics, Measurement, Assessment, and Research Technology (SMART) is designed to prepare students for research and assessment roles in the fields of education, psychology, and related human services. Visit the Statistics, Measurements, Assessment, and Research Technology, M.S.Ed. and the M.S.W./M.S.Ed. Dual Degree Program for more information.  

M.S./M.S.Ed. Dual Degrees at SP2 and Penn GSE

Students interested in pursuing a dual degree in the Nonprofit Leadership programs at SP2 and the Education, Culture, and Society program at Penn GSE should consult with their academic advisors in both degree programs to determine their individual course of study.

Education, Culture, and Society, M.S.Ed.

The Education, Culture, and Society M.S.Ed. program at Penn GSE offers training in a broad array of theoretical and methodological approaches to the nuanced study of education as a social, cultural, and historical phenomenon. Visit the Education, Culture, and Society, M.S.Ed. and the Penn Social Policy and Practice Nonprofit Leadership Dual Degree Programs for more information.

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FELS Institute of Government | Penn GSE Dual Degrees

M.P.A/M.S.Ed. Dual Degrees at FELS and Penn GSE

In most cases, dual degree M.P.A. students can import up to four graduate courses from Penn GSE programs to replace four M.P.A. electives, provided that they obtain approval from both program advisors.

Education, Culture, and Society, M.S.Ed.

The Education, Culture, and Society M.S.Ed. program at Penn GSE offers training in a broad array of theoretical and methodological approaches to the nuanced study of education as a social, cultural, and historical phenomenon. Visit the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Education, Culture, and Society and the FELS Institute of Government for more information.

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Education Policy, M.S.Ed.

This dual degree program is for students who are interested in the policies and programs that impact students and communities across the nation and around the world. Visit the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Education Policy and the FELS Institute of Government for more information.

Wharton MBA | Penn GSE Dual Degrees

MBA/M.S.Ed. Dual Degrees at Wharton and Penn GSE

Students who pursue dual degrees from the Wharton Executive M.B.A. program and Penn GSE will complete their first year of classes at Wharton before they begin classes at Penn GSE.

Education Entrepreneurship, M.S.Ed.

This dual degree program is designed for those interested in using academic and practical knowledge to change the worlds of education, business, and entrepreneurship.  The M.S.Ed. in Education Entrepreneurship program is an executive-format program that provides knowledge, practical skills, and experiences necessary to create, finance, and manage innovations in education and to solve real-world challenges through sustainable, scalable, and impactful solutions.

Education Policy, M.S.Ed.

This dual degree program is for students who share an interest in better understanding, evaluating, and implementing policies and programs that impact students and communities across the nation and around the world. Part of the nationally ranked Education Policy Division, the M.S.Ed. in Education Policy program equips students with training in research methods and the philosophical, economic, and political aspects of education policy, allowing them to better understand and engage in this complex environment, through leadership roles in school districts and education management organizations, and with education-related non-profit, advocacy, and research organizations.

Penn Law | Penn GSE Dual Degrees

J.D./M.S.Ed. Dual Degrees at Penn Law and Penn GSE

Students who are pursuing dual degrees from Penn Law and Penn GSE can earn both degrees in three years. Dual degree students may apply up to four relevant courses taken at Penn GSE toward the J.D. and up to four Penn Law courses toward the M.S.Ed.

Education Policy, M.S.Ed.

The aim of this program is to cross-train leaders who will assume high-level positions in educational law and policy-making in either the public or private sectors. The M.S.Ed. in Education Policy program at Penn GSE equips students with training in research methods and the philosophical, economic, and political aspects of education policy. Visit the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Education Policy and Penn Law for more information.

Higher Education, M.S.Ed.

The goal of this program is to cross-train leaders who will assume high-level positions in educational law in either the public or private sectors of higher education. The M.S.Ed. in Higher Education program at Penn GSE equips students with an understanding of how higher education is structured, governed, financed, and managed. Visit the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Higher Education and Penn Law for more information.

Penn Dental Medicine | Penn GSE Dual Degrees

D.M.D./M.S.Ed. Dual Degrees at Penn Dental and Penn GSE

Students interested in pursuing dual degrees at Penn Dental and Penn GSE should speak with their academic advisors.

Higher Education, M.S.Ed

Students who are interested in an academic career in the field of higher education often consider a dual degree option. Part of the top-ranked Higher Education division at Penn GSE, the M.S.Ed. in Higher Education program equips students with an understanding of how higher education is structured, governed, financed, and managed. Visit the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Higher Education and Penn Dental Medicine for more information.

 

Perelman School of Medicine | Penn GSE Dual Degrees 

M.P.H./M.S.Ed. Dual Degrees at Penn Medicine and Penn GSE 

Students interested in pursuing dual degrees at Penn Medicine and Penn GSE should speak with their academic advisors.

International Educational Development Program, M.S.Ed.

For more information on dual degrees, visit Penn GSE’s International Educational Development Program and the Perelman School of Medicine.

 
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Joint Degrees

If you are a Penn GSE master’s or doctoral student and interested in studies across two Penn GSE programs, you may be eligible to pursue a joint degree (one degree in two programs). Advance permission and acceptance into both programs is required; please consult with your academic advisor.

Admissions Process

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Admissions for Non-Penn GSE Students

Applicants interested in adding a Penn Graduate School of Education dual degree to their program of study must first obtain permission from their “home” school. Consult your academic advisor for more information. A separate application (and all related components) is required for each school. Application inquiries for Penn GSE should be directed to admissions@gse.upenn.edu or 877.PENN.GSE.

Admissions for Penn GSE Students

Penn GSE students who seek to obtain a dual or joint degree must consult with their academic advisor, prior to applying to a separate program or school. A separate application (and all related components) is required for each school.