MSSP/Master in Law

This dual degree program prepares graduates for careers in law and social policy that may overlap with our legal system including advocacy, criminal justice, immigration, management, policy, and more. The MSSP program prepares professionals with knowledge and skills to use policy to increase equality, promote equity, and forge social change. The ML degree is intended to provide broad based exposure to critical issues in the law; however, it will not permit a student to sit for the bar examination and American Bar Association regulations do not permit the application of ML classes toward a JD degree.

The MSSP/ML dual degree program allows students to earn both degrees by completing a total of 14 credit units (CUs). This is done by cross-counting up to two courses between the ML and MSSP degrees. Completed individually, the ML requires eight credits and the MSSP requires ten credits.

Students can count up to two ML credit units as MSSP outside electives and up to two MSSP credit units as ML courses.

Students in the dual MSSP/ML may substitute up to two of the following courses from the MSSP curriculum to satisfy one or two CUs toward the ML:

  • MSSP 628 Policy Analysis of Issues, Strategy & Process
  • MSSP 631 Law & Social Policy

Students may request courses not listed here for approval and substitution instead of those listed above, subject to approval by both programs.

Although students in the ML program are encouraged to complete their ML foundational coursework before taking JD courses, MSSP students may choose the sequence that works best with their MSSP scheduling. If doing so will not disrupt their MSSP schedules, students may take one or more law classes in semesters in which the MSSP curriculum allows.

Application Process

To be considered for the dual MSSP/ML degree, candidates may apply to both programs simultaneously or they may apply to one program after admission to and matriculation in the other program (MSSP or ML). Students pursuing the dual degree must adhere to the independent admission processes and policies of both programs.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Students enrolled in the MSSP/ML dual degree will be primary at the school where they begin, either SP2 or Penn Carey Law, until they complete their primary program at which time they would become primary in their remaining program. If a student applies to and enrolls in both programs simultaneously, the student will be MSSP primary and tuition will be paid to SP2. Financial aid decisions are made independently by each school.

MSSP Internship

The MSSP internship provides an opportunity for students to expand horizons beyond the academic. It serves as an opportunity to integrate the classroom learning and apply research skills, via experiences in policy analysis, policymaking, and/or policy implementation, policy evaluation activities, and/or other policy-related activities. It allows students to gain “real” world experience while providing important networking opportunities.

Proposed Course of Study

1MSSP 628 (MSSP Core 1)11Fall IFulfills ML cross counting
2MSSP 630 (MSSP Core 2)1-Fall I
3MSSP 668 (MSSP Core 3)1-Fall I
4MSSP Theory Elective1-Fall I
5MSSP Outside Elective 1 from Law11Fall ISelected from LAWM 511, LAWM 528, or LAWM 529; Fulfills MSSP Outside Elective
6MSSP 632/633 (MSSP Core 4)1-Spring I
7MSSP 897
(MSSP Core 5)
1-Spring I
8MSSP 629 (MSSP Core 6)1-Spring I
9MSSP 631 (MSSP Core 7)11Spring IFulfills ML cross counting
10MSSP Outside Elective 2 from Law11Spring ISelected from LAWM 511, LAWM 528, or LAWM 529; Fulfills MSSP Outside Elective
11LAWM core foundation-1Fall IISelected from LAWM 511, LAWM 528, or LAWM 529
12ML Elective-1Fall II
13JD Upper Level course-1Fall II
14ML Elective or JD course-1Fall II


For the ML program, questions can be addressed to Catharine Restrepo, Executive Director, The ML program hosts monthly information sessions for members of the Penn community. Please view more information here or contact the ML program for upcoming session dates.

For the MSSP program, questions can be addressed to:

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