Application Review Process
During the application review process, NYU Wagner looks very carefully at the applicants’ academic history and assesses the applicants’ academic aptitude. The Admissions Review Committee primarily looks to the academic transcripts and academic recommendations to make this assessment. We also look favorably upon applicants who have extensive relevant research experience and have written for academic publications, especially for doctoral candidates.
NYU Wagner does not have a minimum GPA requirement as admissions decisions are based on multiple factors. We generally would like to see a recommended 3.0 cumulative GPA and we do also take into consideration applicants’ major GPA.
We also do not have any required relevant course work or majors prior to application or matriculation. Admitted students come from all undergraduate majors, such as English, Politics, Economics, Business, Fine Arts, Dance, Sociology, Psychology and many others. We do look for some demonstration of applicants’ aptitude in both quantitative and qualitative course work, so if your undergraduate curriculum did not include any quantitative course work, we strongly recommend that you consider taking the GRE or GMAT to demonstrate your quantitative abilities. See standardized test scores page for more information. NYU Wagner requires quantitative courses in the five schoolwide core courses.
Before submitting the online application, it is a requirement of admission that transcripts be scanned and uploaded into the online applcation. Transcripts submitted after the application deadline will not be accepted. Failure to complete this requirement may result in withdrawal of an application.
Official transcripts will be requested upon admission. All official transcripts must show proof of Bachelor’s degree received.
Credit toward the degree for courses taken at other institutions may be awarded under certain conditions and must be approved by one's faculty advisor and the Office of Academic Services. Decisions regarding transfer credits are not made prior to matriculation. The courses must be considered appropriate to the degree sought, must not have been credited toward another degree, and must have been completed with a grade of B or better at an institution of established academic reputation. Coursework must have been taken within the last 5 years (except for doctoral students) in order to be considered for transfer.
A maximum of 12 credits can be transferred toward the MPA and MUP degrees; a maximum of 6 credits toward the EMPA degree; and a maximum of 40 credits toward the doctoral degree. Transfer credits will not be accepted toward the Advanced Professional Certificate.
Remember to upload scanned transcripts from all academic institutions you have attended. If you have transferred schools while completing a degree, we need to see the grades you received in all of the courses you took. If you participated in an exchange program and the grades of the courses you took abroad are listed on your home institution’s transcript, then you do not need to submit transcripts from the abroad institution.