Office of Admissions

NYU Wagner is a strong community of individuals who are both passionate about and committed to public service – a community of change-makers who will shape the future of their respective communities and of communities around the world. We believe that solutions to public issues are found by joining people from different backgrounds. Students at NYU Wagner take classes, discuss issues and solve problems in groups that reflect the multicultural composition of communities of the future, and of cities like New York today.

Degrees Offered

Masters Programs:

MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy
MPA in Health Policy and Management
Master of Urban Planning
Executive MPA
Executive MPA, Concentration for Nurse Leaders

Doctoral Program:

PhD in Public Administration

Dual-Degree Programs:

NYU Stern School of Business
Students can complete both a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) within three years, gaining competence and confidence in navigating the intersection of the private, public, and nonprofit worlds.

NYU School of Law
Students wanting a deeper understanding of legal structures and contexts can obtain degrees of Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Urban Planning (MUP), which can be completed in four years.

NYU School of Medicine
This program, awarding both the MD and a Master of Public Administration (MPA), incorporates health management, policy and finance courses with the science and clinical rigors of medical school, and is typically accomplished in five years.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
This is a unique, three-year program for those pursuing careers in Jewish communal service organizations. It culminates in a Master of Arts (MA) in Hebrew and Judaic Studies and a Master of Public Administration (MPA), and features special fellowship opportunities.

NYU Silver School of Social Work
Students earning a Master of Social Work (MSW) and an Executive Master of Public Administration (MPA) acquire clinical social work skills as well as expertise in organizational management, finance and policy. This dual-degree program can be completed in three years.

NYU Master’s Program in Global Public Health
In three years students can earn a Global Master of Public Health (MPH) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA), a combination that prepares professionals with advanced degrees from multiple disciplines to play leadership roles in promoting global health.

College of Arts and Science or Gallatin School of Individualized Study
These dual-degree programs offer students the opportunity to earn both the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Public Administration (BA-MPA) or the Master of Urban Planning (BA-MUP) degrees in five years. Current undergraduate students from CAS and Gallatin must meet with their undergraduate advisors to learn more.

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Education Policy
Environmental Policy
Government (Public) Administration
Healthcare Policy / Management
Housing / Economic Development
International Development
Nonprofit Management
Organizational Theory / Management
Public Finance / Budgeting
Social Policy / Poverty
Urban Studies / Regional Planning

Graduate Program Overview

Students arrive at NYU Wagner with the desire to serve the public. They leave with the skills and experience to bring about change. Combining coursework in management, finance and policy with cutting-edge research and work experience in urban communities, the NYU Wagner education will enable you to transform your personal commitment into public leadership. Throughout our curriculum, we teach our students the importance of frame: how to apply the relevant analytics, create appropriate intervention strategies and assess results.

Wagner's MPA and MUP degrees require that all students begin with a strong foundation of basic knowledge and skills taught through a common core curriculum of five courses. Students then acquire depth in their respective programs by selecting specific specializations or areas of concentration on which to focus. This core curriculum and specialization/concentration leads to a synthesizing "final event," for most students, known as a Capstone. Through Capstone projects, students work in teams to apply their knowledge and skills to the complexities of public service dilemmas. Most projects involve an external client, such as a government agency, non-profit organization or health care institution, while some are exclusively research-based.

Admissions Deadline

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Admissions Overview

Wagner's competitive admissions process seeks to identify those applicants who have the potential to make significant contributions to the leadership of nonprofit, health, and public organizations. Wagner encourages qualified people to apply, regardless of their financial means. If you want to learn how to put your passions into practice and create a career with personal velocity and social impact, then we urge you to consider a Wagner education.

Contact Information

New York University, 295 Lafayette Street
New York City, NY

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