MS in Public Policy Application Checklist

Please follow these steps to complete your application. If you have any questions, contact

Final Deadline: May 1, 2017

Fill out your online application.

The online application is due at 11:59pm Eastern Time on the deadline date. You may complete and submit your online application at any time before the deadline. Save your work before moving to the next page and print a copy for your own records. Please note that all required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

Incomplete Applications

Applicants are required to submit all parts of the application by the deadline. Incomplete applications are reviewed as-is.

Late Applications

Applications submitted after the published deadlines are reviewed at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee

We are interested in learning more about your commitment to public service and how you bring your experiences to bear to make an impact on the communities and organizations you aspire to serve.

Essay 1

We are interested in learning about your decision to pursue graduate study in public policy analysis. How does studying public policy analysis align with your career goals? Why NYU Wagner? Why now? (500 words)

Essay 2

At NYU Wagner, we believe that the field of public policy is complicated and messy, and issues are often interconnected. Write an essay that begins to explore the complexities of a public policy issue of your choice. How do you think the MSPP program at NYU Wagner will aid you in addressing this issue? (500 words)

Create a video no longer than one minute in length that describes a unique perspective, skill set, or life experience you have.  Articulate how it might benefit your potential classmates, enhance discourse in the classroom, and/or contribute to the NYU Wagner community.

Instructions on how to submit your Video Essay:

  • Please upload your video to an easily accessible website (such as YouTube).
  • Record the URL in the designated area in the online application and provide access information in the space provided.
  • Please note, it is the applicant's responsibility to correctly configure the security and access settings for the video. We recommend that the applicant use the strongest privacy settings available while still allowing access to NYU Wagner. For instance, if using YouTube, we suggest using the "Unlisted Video" setting so that only individuals who have the URL can view it. The applicant is also responsible for adhering to the terms and conditions of the website used to share the video essay.
  • For admitted applicants who attend the program, NYU Wagner will retain a short excerpt or screen shot of the video as a part of the official student record.
  • We are unable to watch videos that come in any form other than a URL link. We will not accept videos sent by email or on DVD through the mail.

Please upload a resume or CV that includes your employment and professional history in reverse chronological order, with titles, dates, and whether you worked part-time or full-time. Your educational record should also be in reverse chronological order and should indicate dates of attendance and degree(s) earned. We encourage you to include information about the following additional activities:

  • Volunteer, public service, political, and/or civic work you have done;
  • Academic and professional honors, honorary societies, leadership and service awards;
  • Other professional activities;
  • Relevant publications; and/or
  • Extracurricular activities.

Please submit two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak best to your academic and professional achievements and potential. We strongly prefer a balance of academic and professional sources. Letters of recommendation must be submitted through the online application system. We do not accept mailed recommendations. Recommenders are required to complete the online evaluation form. Their response to the recommendation questions may be in either letter or short answer format and should not exceed two pages each. 

Students entering an NYU Wagner master's program are required to hold a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or an equivalent degree from a foreign country.

If you submit your application prior to the conferral of your bachelor's degree or equivalent, we will accept and evaluate your application with the understanding that your degree completion is in progress. If an offer of admission is made, it will be contingent upon receiving your degree conferral prior to enrollment.

Transcripts submitted through the online application must meet the following criteria:

  • Unofficial transcripts are required from all colleges or universities attended in which you earned grades and/or academic credits at the college-level, including undergraduate, study abroad, transfer credits, continuing education, etc.
  • Uploaded files must be scanned copies of transcript(s) received from the college/university registrar OR electronic transcripts (such as those available through eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse).
  • Transcripts must show all courses taken, all credits earned, and all grades received.
  • Transcripts must include your full legal name and the name of the college or university attended.
  • Transcripts must be written in English.
  • Word documents and HTML documents are not acceptable. 

Transcripts for institutions located outside of the United States

If you received a graduate or undergraduate degree from an institution that is located outside of the United States, we recommend that you use a third party international credential evaluation service to assess U.S. bachelor’s equivalency and obtain a course-by-course evaluation of your grade point average. International credential evaluations are strongly recommended but are not required.

If submitting an international credential evaluation, remember to upload both your unofficial transcript from the degree-granting institution and a copy of your international credential evaluation report from an approved evaluation service. If you are submitting a paper copy or electronic copy of your evaluation report, please have the service send your evaluation to the following address: NYU Wagner Office of Admissions, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY, 10012 or to

Applicants who submit an international credential evaluation of their transcripts are eligible to request an application fee waiver from NYU Wagner prior to submitting their application. Please indicate that you submitted an international credential evaluation in the Application Fee section in order to receive the application fee waiver.


GRE or GMAT are  required for admission to the MS in Public Policy at NYU Wagner. Please upload a copy of your score report into the online application before submission. Once your online application is submitted, we will not allow replacement of your test scores. Only tests taken within the past five (5) years will be considered.
GRE School Code: 2507


The TOEFL or the IELTS is required for applicants that speak English as a second language who did not attend an undergraduate institution where the sole language of instruction was English.

You must upload a copy of your TOEFL or IELTS score report into the online application before submission. Once your online application is submitted, we will not allow replacement of your test scores. Only tests taken within the past two (2) years will be considered. Failure to complete this requirement may result in withdrawal of an application.
TOEFL School Code: 2507

An $85 application fee is required to process your application for admission.

Pay by credit card 

When you arrive at the last step of the application process, choose "Pay by Credit Card." Then follow the instructions to complete your payment.

Pay by check or money order

When you arrive at the last step of the application process, choose to "Pay Offline." Then send a check or money order—payable to "New York University"—to NYU Wagner Admissions, 295 Lafayette Street 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012.


Please review the items below and indicate if any of the following apply to you.

Fee waivers are granted for the following:

  1. Submitted International Credential Evaluation
  2. Financial Circumstances
  3. AmeriCorp Member
  4. Peace Corp Volunteer
  5. Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow
  6. Teach For America (TFA) Participant
  7. Charles Rangel Fellow
  8. U.S. Military/National Guard Member

NYU Wagner does not accept supplemental materials to our application.

International applicants to all programs are strongly encouraged to apply no later than December 15, 2016 to facilitate visa arrangements. In some cases, applications may be considered after that date.

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