Admission Requirements

The number of openings in the joint degree J.D./M.S., M.Ed., D.Ed. or Ph.D. program will be limited to students with an outstanding academic record who have successfully completed the first-year curriculum at the Penn State Law School. Applicants to the joint degree program:

  1. must have been admitted to the Penn State Law School;
  2. should have successfully completed two semesters of course work at the Penn State Law School with a grade point average of 3.0;
  3. must submit two letters of recommendations from the Penn State Law School faculty; and
  4. must submit a career statement.

NOTE: Students are eligible to start taking courses in the EDLDR program after successfully completing two semesters of law school work.

College Specific Admissions Requirements

Penn State Law: A bachelor’s or equivalent degree from an accredited college is a prerequisite for admission; however, there is no standard prescribed undergraduate curriculum. An applicant should have acquired significant oral and written communication skills before entering Penn State Law School. The following are required of applicants: a completed application form for the Law School; submission of the results of the law school admission test (LSAT); completion of an LSDAS report; a one-page personal statement; employment records since high school; and two letters of recommendation.

EDLDR: The following are required of all applicants: a completed Graduate School application; submission of the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogy Test (MAT), Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), or LSAT; an official undergraduate transcript or transcripts; a personal statement; employment records since high school; and three letters of recommendation.

All international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not received baccalaureate or master’s degrees from an institution in which the language of instruction is English must take the Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) and submit the results of that test with the application for admission. A TOEFL score of 550 on the paper test or a score of 213 on the computer-based test, or 80 points on the new Internet-based test with a minimum of 23 points on the new speaking portion; or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required for admission.

A bachelor’s or equivalent degree from an accredited college is a prerequisite for admission to a master’s degree program, with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.60 in the last two years of undergraduate work, based on a maximum 4.0 system. A GPA of 3.50 in prior graduate work is required of those desiring admission to a doctoral program.

The best qualified students will be accepted for admission to the doctoral programs up to the number of spaces available. Students may be admitted to the D.Ed. or Ph.D. programs without a master’s degree if they provide evidence of research ability and academic achievement. Special backgrounds and experiences may allow for conditional admission for those not meeting stated criteria.