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Get a Headstart on a Graduate Degree

Submatriculation allows traditional and accelerated BSN students to pursue graduate coursework during their undergraduate career.  Through submatriculation, students can shorten the lengthen of time it takes to complete an advance degree, earning credits towards both degrees simultaneously.

Currently, submatriculation options are available for the School of Nursing's MSN Programs or towards a Juris Doctor (J.D.) through a partnership with Penn Law School.


Submatriculating at Penn Nursing

Begin study in one of Penn Nursing's MSN programs while still an undergraduate student. Nursing students interested in a specific area of graduate study in one of the School of Nursing's MSN majors may begin graduate study while earning their undergraduate degree. By making application to the graduate major of choice as early as the junior year, students may begin taking master's level courses, earning credit toward both degrees. 


  • Current BSN student in good academic standing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE scores (May be waived for students with a GPA above 3.2)
  • Application must be submitted prior to the final semester of the BSN program. 

For more information on the submatriculation process, please review the following: Submatriculation MSN

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Submatriculating to Penn Law

Through the School of Nursing and the Penn Law School submatriculation program, qualified nursing undergraduates submatriculating into the University of Pennsylvania School of Law can complete their requirements for both the BSN and the Juris Doctor (JD) degrees in six years instead of the usual seven.

Nursing students interested in the program are expected to take the LSAT examination and apply for admission to the Law School in their junior year. Admitted students begin taking courses in the Law School during their fourth year at Penn. A health care background combined with legal expertise is essential in health care litigation and malpractice suits that are commonplace today. For individuals who can see themselves filling these roles, the combination of Penn Nursing and Penn Law has no match!

For more information, please review the following: Submatriculation-Law_2015.pdf​​​