Acquire the tools you need to create new schools, launch ed tech ventures, and drive innovation in educational organizations and corporations. 

The nation’s first master’s degree program in Education Entrepreneurship equips you with the knowledge, practical skills, and experiences necessary to chart new solutions in education. To accommodate your career, the accelerated program is delivered through once-a-month onsite weekend programs and blended online education—meaning that you can continue working full time and be based in your home community while earning your master’s degree in just 13 months.

What Sets Us Apart

1st
World’s 1st master’s program in Education Entrepreneurship and dual MBA/M.S.Ed.
4 Schools @ Penn Renowned faculty from 4 Penn schools: The Graduate School of Education, The Wharton Business School, Weitzman School of Design & The School of Engineering and Applied Science
150+ ventures More than 150 education ventures built during the program

About the Program

Coursework provides a strong foundation in education, business, and entrepreneurship. The capstone experience prepares you to identify a new opportunity, either for an existing entity or new venture, and design your own education program, service, or product.

Entry term(s)
Summer
Course requirements
10 courses (including a capstone project)

Duration of programAccelerated 13-month program (3 weekends per semester and 1-2 weeks per summer)
Summer term one 11-day bootcamp
Fall term 9 days (3 long weekends)
Spring term 9 days (3 long weekends)
Summer term 2 8-day bootcamp

Culminating experienceCapstone 

Format(s)
  • Executive-Style
Programs for Working Professionals
Overview

Through its unique design at the intersection of education, innovation, business, and entrepreneurship, the Education Entrepreneurship master’s program empowers current and aspiring leaders with the critical academic knowledge, cross-sector tools, business skills, and entrepreneurial mindset necessary to create innovative solutions in education.

Built for working professionals seeking to innovate within an existing organization, and for education and business leaders, entrepreneurs, and others interested in building and accelerating new ventures, students develop expertise in three key domains: Education Foundations, Business Essentials, and Entrepreneurial Management of Knowledge.

Across the program, students work with renowned faculty from Penn’s Graduate School of Education, The Wharton Business School, Weitzman School of Design, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science to identify emerging opportunities and create the next generation of high-impact education programs, products, and services. In the 13-month Capstone project, students work with industry leaders and entrepreneurs to identify a new opportunity for education innovation based on their own personal mission and professional goals.

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Curriculum

Students learn and apply new knowledge, theory, and skills in three domains: Education Foundations, Business Essentials, and Entrepreneurial Leadership. 

1. Education Foundations uses leading texts, case study research, simulations, “EdLab” site visits, and lived experience to dive deep into the connections between education philosophy, practice, culture, and innovation.

Students explore the future of teaching and learning using education theories, learning sciences, design innovation, and next-generation platforms. This domain connects students with researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and education leaders to understand the rapidly changing global landscape and evolving role of innovation in classrooms and institutional settings. The foundations strand also provides opportunities to meet thought leaders across the new schools’ movement and the edtech and investment landscapes. The program includes three education courses. 

2. Business Essentials explores marketing, finance, management, and operations as they pertain to organizational innovation and venture creation—both generally and in particular to schools, universities, and educational organizations.

Students learn about the financial, operational, legal, and marketing aspects of building and managing educational programs, products, and services. This domain provides students with core business skills and experiences that can be leveraged by innovators in emerging or established companies, and by entrepreneurial leaders in education and other startup environments. The program includes three business courses.

3. Entrepreneurial Leadership focuses on ideation, research, strategy and execution, and on managing areas such as technology, intellectual property, communications, and evaluation.

Students learn about how innovators and entrepreneurs influence the creation, development, and successful production of new education models. This domain explores how entrepreneurial insights are tested and developed, how competitive advantages are gained and protected, and how entrepreneurs think about social return on investments. Students examine how academic and field research can be leveraged to improve the viability, impact, and sustainability of emerging innovations. The program includes three entrepreneurship courses.

For more information on courses and requirements, visit the Education Entrepreneurship M.S.Ed. program in the University Catalog.

Schedule

The Education Entrepreneurship program is designed to fit the schedule of full-time working adults. The program meets on campus eight times throughout the 13-month duration of the program, allowing students to continue residing in their home communities and maintaining their full-time employment.

The program will provide hotel accommodations and meals during on-campus sessions. Students are assigned one roommate from the cohort for the entire year but can opt for a single room at an additional cost if desired. Attendance at all eight program sessions is mandatory.

Sample Cohort Schedule

2019-2020 Cohort*
TermDates
Summer Intensive 2019July 27th - August 6th
Fall 2019October 18th-20th
 November 15th-17th
 December 6th-8th
Spring 2020February 14th-16th
 March 13th-15th
 April 24th-26th
Summer Intensive 2020June 21st-28th

Capstone

In the culminating capstone project, students identify a new opportunity—either for an existing entity or for the creation of a new venture—and implement the skills they have built in the program to launch their own education program, service, or product. Students build a business case, executing experiments that validate or invalidate key hypotheses governing the opportunity. The capstone culminates with a demo day where students pitch their ventures to a distinguished panel of judges.

Students outline capstone project ideas in the personal interest statement of the program application. The exploratory work begins on site on day one, with discovery-driven planning, ideation, and pitch practice. The second stage includes design thinking, market research, and rapid validation testing using lean methods. Designing learning environments, building venture financial models, and developing marketing plans are key elements in the third stage. In the final stage, students build integrated businesses cases for their education ventures, including financial models and pitch decks. Throughout the 13-month project, students pitch, test, iterate, pivot, and refine venture ideas through meetings with a team of mentors—including ed tech and school entrepreneurs, education intrapreneurs, business leaders, researchers, practitioners, and investors.

Project Components

  • Pitch deck presentation
  • Financial model
  • 25-page paper

Common Topic Areas

  • New school designs and programs
  • Ed tech teaching and learning solutions
  • Curriculum innovations
  • New communities of practice
  • Ed products and marketplaces

Sample Capstone Projects

New ventures(*) and existing entities that students strengthened through their programmatic work as both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs:

The Arcadia School: The Arcadia Secondary School helps expatriate students in Dubai South prepare for universities and society with a holistic English approach to secondary school education.

Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership: Prepares students to change the world through an entrepreneurial mindset—a mindset of curiosity and courageous creativity.

Neverbore*: Demystifies the process of creating student-centered, active learning environments for academically rigorous high school classrooms.

Nomad Minds*: Creates experiences which promote dialogue, understanding, and appreciation among globally interconnected local cultures.

Raise.me: Expands access to higher education, especially among low-income and first generation students, so that every student has a shot at the American Dream.

TheVentureSchool*: Provides opportunities to unleash student entrepreneurial potential while receiving a world-class education.

Joint Degree from Wharton School (MBA) and Penn GSE (M.S.Ed.)

The M.S.Ed. in Education Entrepreneurship dual degree with the Wharton MBA program is an exciting opportunity for Wharton MBA students to study pedagogy, develop educational leadership, scale social impact initiatives, and become successful entrepreneurs in the education marketplace.

This 10-course program is designed for Wharton MBA students to start during the summer semester after their first year in the MBA program. Students apply six elective courses and one transfer course to the Education Entrepreneurship program and complete both programs by the end of the second summer semester.

Learn more about Dual and Joint Degrees at Penn GSE.

Program Timeline

Year 1
SemesterCourses
FallMBA at Wharton
SpringMBA at Wharton
Summer

MBA at Wharton
Education Entrepreneurship at Penn GSE (11-day session on campus in July/August)

Year 2
SemesterCourses
FallMBA at Wharton
Education Entrepreneurship at Penn GSE (3 extended weekends on campus)
SpringMBA at Wharton
Education Entrepreneurship at Penn GSE (3 extended weekends on campus)
Graduation from Wharton
SummerEducation Entrepreneurship at Penn GSE (8-day session on campus in June) 
Penn GSE M.S.Ed. degree conferred in August

Cohort Profile

The Education Entrepreneurship program welcomes students from all over the world with diverse backgrounds and broad interests.

Average Number of Students Per Cohort 45
Average Number of Students Per Section 25
Age Range 24 - 60+

Ethnicity

White 43%
African American 27%
Asian 22%
Hispanic or Latino/a 6%
Mixed Race2%

Gender

Male 38%
Female 62%

Professional Backgrounds

K-12 30%
Non-Profit 13%
Entrepreneurship 13%
Higher Education 13%
Business 24%
Technology7%
A group of students walks in front of Wharton's Huntsman Hall.


Joint Degree Program: Penn GSE (M.S.Ed.) and Wharton School (MBA)

The M.S.Ed./MBA is a joint program sponsored by Penn GSE and the Wharton School. This dual-degree option is ideal for Wharton MBA students interested in topics related to education entrepreneurship, including pedagogy, educational leadership, scaling social impact initiatives, and the education marketplace. Admitted students complete both degrees over the course of two years.

Creating What’s Possible

The first-of-its-kind Education Entrepreneurship Master's program at Penn GSE is part of the School's commitment to academic innovation.

Our Faculty

Penn GSE Faculty Rand Quinn
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University
Penn GSE Faculty Barbara "Bobbi" Kurshan
Senior Fellow
Ed.D., Virginia Tech University
Penn GSE Faculty L. Michael Golden
Executive Director, Catalyst @ Penn GSE
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Betty Chandy
Director for Online Learning, Catalyst @ Penn GSE
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Janine Remillard
Professor
Ph.D., Michigan State University
Penn GSE Faculty Peter Eckel
Senior Fellow
Ph.D., University of Maryland
Penn GSE Faculty Jason A. Presley
Vice Dean, Finance and Administration, Penn GSE
Ph.D., New York University
Penn GSE Faculty Zachary Herrmann
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ed.L.D., Harvard University
Penn GSE Faculty Susan A. Yoon
Professor
Ph.D., University of Toronto
Penn GSE Faculty Amrit Thapa
Lecturer
Ph.D., Columbia University
Penn GSE Faculty Jenny Zapf
Director, Education Entrepreneurship Program
Ph.D., University of Virginia

Affiliated Faculty

The Education Entrepreneurship program is an interdisciplinary learning community where theory and practice from numerous disciplines and fields intertwine with the goal of driving meaningful, positive change in education. Our faculty reflect this interdisciplinarity and come from all across the University of Pennsylvania, as well as from outside institutions, and industry. The faculty listed below currently teach within the program or are engaged as close program advisors.

Gad Allon
Jeffrey A. Kewsin Professor, The Wharton School
Ph.D., Columbia Business School

Jeffrey Babin
Practice Professor, Penn Engineering
M.B.A., The Wharton School

Sujata Bhatt
Senior Fellow, Transcend Education
M.A., University of Michigan

Denise Dahlhoff
Senior Researcher, Consumer Research, The Conference Board
Doctorate, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Rita Ferrandino
Founding Partner, Arc Capital Development
M.B.A., Pennsylvania State University

Liza Herzog
Assistant Director, Academic Research, Close School of Entrepreneurship, Drexel University
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Laura Huang
Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

Rich Kochman
President, Adaptive Consulting, LLC
B.S., University of Maryland

Harvey R. Koeppel
President, Pictographics, Inc.
B.S., University of Pittsburgh

Igor Kouzine
President, Leadership Systems LLC
M.B.A, University of Chicago

Natalie Nixon
President, Figure 8 Thinking
Ph.D., The University of Westminster

Roger Osorio
Executive Coach, Trainer, and Coach Supervisor, IBM
M.S., Walden University

Rachel Pacheco
Chief People Officer, Oxeon Partners
M.B.A., University of Pennsylvania

Sarah B. Steinberg
CEO, Frogstone Strategies
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania

Stanton Wortham
Charles F. Donovan, S.J., Dean, Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Andrew Schantz

"Education Entrepreneurship gave me the necessary time, space, and support so that I was ready to launch my venture soon after graduation."

Andrew Schantz

Education Entrepreneurship M.S.Ed., 2016

Our Graduates

Graduates of this unique program leave with the tools necessary to create new schools and initiatives, launch education startups, fund and manage technology ventures, scale leading-edge programs, and drive innovation in educational organizations and corporations.

Our alumni have gone on to careers such as:

  • Founders of K-12 schools like VentureSchool and KIPP Central City Academy-Woodson
  • Deans & CFOs of private international schools like American College of Greece and Kings Academy Jordan
  • TeacherPreneurs at businesses like Neverbore, NomadMinds, and El Pueblo Academy
  • Directors at leading nonprofits like Harlem Children’s Zone, Communities in Schools, KIPP, and TFA
  • Leaders in EdTech startups like Coursalytics, Matific, Raise.me, and Tembo
  • Executive Directors and Deans at U.S. private schools like Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and McCallie School
  • VPs and Directors at multinational education businesses like ACT and McGraw Hill
  • Higher Education Directors in areas like Wharton Entrepreneurship, Undergraduate Admissions, and Innovation Centers
  • CEOs and Directors of education policy centers and investment firms like The Center for Education Reform, and Global Silicon Valley Advisors

Admissions & Financial Aid

Please visit our Admissions and Financial Aid pages for specific information on the application requirements, as well as information on tuition, fees, financial aid, scholarships, and fellowships.

Contact Information

Contact us if you have any questions about the program.

Office of Admissions and
Financial Aid

Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania
3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-6415
admissions@gse.upenn.edu
finaid@gse.upenn.edu

Program Contact

Ayoung Lee
Program Manager
(215) 573-8149
gse-edent@gse.upenn.edu

Please view information from our Admissions and Financial Aid Office for specific information on the cost of this program.

Penn GSE is committed to making your graduate education affordable, and we offer generous scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships.