Spring 2015 Course Highlights

This page contains important information relevant for Spring 2015 registration.  Please read this in its entirety for information about the weighted lottery, Capstone registration, general registration notes, new courses, courses that require applications, and any other changes to course offerings across all degree programs.

Weighted Lottery for Required Specialization Courses
Important General Registration Notes
Spring 2015 Course Information

Weighted Lottery for Required Specialization Courses

Wagner has a lottery process for most high-demand required specialization courses.  Please note that the Spring 2015 lottery will be conducted via Albert.

At the start of registration on Monday, November 17, all weighted lottery courses will be artificially closed but students will be able to add themselves to the waitlist. Once you are on the waitlist, you have entered the lottery for that course. All students who add themselves to the waitlist by 9:00 am on Monday, November 24 will be considered for seats in the course. Your position on the waitlist has no effect on your chances of entering the course. If you intend to have a back-up course on your schedule, you must use the Course Swap function (see the Student Registration section on the NYU Registrar's website for detailed registration instructions).

Selection for seats in the lottery courses will be based on weighted factors, particularly whether the course is a requirement for students’ specialization and how many semesters students have remaining at Wagner.

If there are not enough seats for all of the students requesting the course, students will be randomly ordered within eligibility criteria levels and placed on the waitlist.

Required Specialization Courses in Weighted Lottery (All Sections)*  - Any student that wants to register for one of the courses below must do so via the process outlined above.

1.       PADM-GP 2110, Strategic Management
2.       PADM-GP 2135, Developing Human Resources
3.       PADM-GP 2140, Public Economics and Finance
4.       PADM-GP 2170, Performance Measurement & Management
5.       PADM-GP 2171, Program Analysis and Evaluation
6.       PADM-GP 2201, Institutions, Governance, and International Development
7.       PADM-GP 2411, Policy Formation and Policy Analysis
8.       PADM-GP 2875, Estimating Impacts in Policy Research
9.       PADM-GP 2902, Multiple Regression and Intro to Econometrics
10.     URPL-GP 2608, Urban Economics

*If a required specialization course is not on this list, it is not part of the lottery in Spring 2015.


Weighted Lottery Timeline: Quick View
Thursday, March 27 5:00pm Students who declared their specializations this semester can view their Faculty Advisor in Albert
Wednesday, November 12 11:00am-12:30pm International and Urban Planning Group Advising Session with faculty/staff (Rudin)
Thursday, November 13 5:00pm-6:00pm PNP, Health, and Executive MPA Group Advising Session with faculty/staff (Rudin)
Monday, November 17 see Student Ctr for appt. times Registration for courses and weighted lottery courses opens on Albert
Monday, November 24 9:00am Registration for lottery courses closes; students can continue to add themselves to the waitlist for these courses, but will not be considered for the lottery
Monday, December 8   Status of lottery course registration is viewable on Albert

If after reading through the lottery instruction you have questions, email wagner.academicservices@nyu.edu

Important General Registration Notes

Check Albert for Updated Course Meeting Dates, Times and Course Changes
The course schedule is posted on the Wagner website but it is important to always check Albert for the most accurate information on courses. Albert may be updated daily, while the course schedules on the Wagner website are updated once per week.

Skills Courses
Most skills courses are 2-credit courses (4000-level courses).

Outside/University-wide Electives
To view the University-wide list of courses that has been pre-approved by the Wagner faculty and may be taken as electives, visit wagner.nyu.edu/courses/otherlistings. This is a helpful tool that allows you to see non-Wagner courses listed by topic area, for example international development, social policy, education policy, nonprofit management, and more.  We have made every effort to update non-Wagner course numbers, but you may need to consult with the department to verify new course numbers. Instructions on how to register for non-Wagner courses: wagner.nyu.edu/students/registration/outsidewagner.

Pre-Term Workshops
Pre-Term Workshops (free) will be on the spring schedule the week of January 19. These workshops are open to all current students.  Registration is completed through Albert.  For more information on Pre-Term, consult the website: wagner.nyu.edu/students/services/preterm.

Composing Your Career
Dates and times for the workshops can be found on the relevant Course Schedule, wagner.nyu.edu/courses/. Students may register for the non-credit “Composing Your Career” workshops directly through ALBERT.

Core Course Waiver Exams
Students who do not qualify for prior coursework waivers for Microeconomics, Statistics and Financial Management (see waiver policies at:  http://wagner.nyu.edu/students/registration/waivers) may take the waiver exam. The waiver schedules are posted on our website, and students can register online (at the link above). Waivers must be completed prior to the start of a student’s second semester.

SPSS Proficiency Exam
SPSS proficiency is a requirement for graduation. Students who waive Statistics (CORE-GP 1011) must demonstrate proficiency in SPSS by passing the SPSS examination (NONCR-GP 938) prior to starting Capstone or by completing PADM-GP 2902, Multiple Regression and Introduction to Econometrics. Register on Albert for the optional preparatory module (NONCR-GP 931) for the SPSS exam and for the exam (NONCR-GP 938).  Students who take CORE-GP 1011 gain proficiency through their coursework.

Labs/Recitations for Quantitative Courses
Please note that the labs/recitations for the following courses are mandatory, but are given separate course numbers:

Course Lecture Lab/Recitation
Statistics CORE-GP 1011 CORE-GP 111
Microeconomics CORE-GP 1018 CORE-GP 118
Financial Management CORE-GP 1021 CORE-GP 121
Public Economics and Finance PADM-GP 2140 PADM-GP 140
Multiple Regression PADM-GP 2902 PADM-GP 290






You must register for the corresponding non-credit lab/recitation when you register for a lecture.

Spring 2015 Course Information

Always make sure to check Albert for updates on Spring 2015 Registration.

New Courses
Courses Brought Back in Spring 2015
Featured Courses
Courses That Require Application
Course Sections with New Instructor for Spring 2015
Courses with New Course Description 
Courses with Intensive Format in Spring 2015
Courses with International Content in Spring 2015
Saturday Courses Spring 2015
Courses moved to Spring 2015

~ New Courses ~

Check Albert for dates, times and prerequisites.

PADM-GP 2159 Convergence of Business and Government in the Nation's Economy
Instructor: Tom Coleman
Course Description: Are business interests in the U.S. too politically powerful or is the government unnecessarily restricting their ability to compete in the global marketplace?  This course will explore the complex relationship between what are traditionally separate disciplines of study but which are converging in an increasingly regulated domestic and globalized economy.  The course will review the political, governmental and judicial policies that create the current environment for business as well as examine the respective roles played by the congress, the executive branch and the courts.  There will also be general comparisons between U.S. behaviors and institutions and those in Germany, the economic engine driving the European Union’s economy.

PADM-GP 4414 Corporate Philanthropy and Engagement
Instructor: Hadieh Fakhriyazdi
Course Description: Corporate philanthropy and engagement is an evolving space which is critical to the existence and operation of nonprofit organizations. The role of the private sector in helping nonprofits achieve their mission, serve their clients and realize their expected goals and outcomes is unique and very different from the role that government funders and individual major donors play. This course will provide a survey of key topics, trends and best practices within the corporate philanthropy, corporate social responsibility and grantmaking space, with a particular emphasis on public and private multinational organizations headquartered in the United States.  This course is ideal for those with limited-to-no exposure or prior engagement with corporate institutions as grantmakers and partners and/or for those who work closely with corporate giving offices and philanthropy departments

PADM-GP 4435 Responsible Governance
Anthony Bertelli
Course Description: Responsibility in implementing public policies is the purpose of public management in a democratic society.  This course provides an analytic lens for understanding the rules, norms, processes and practices that incorporate values into administrative decisions.  We use both normative and positive theoretical arguments to understand how responsible action combines accountability with discretionary action.  To bring theory to bear on practice, we evaluate difficult cases—historical and contemporary, domestic and international—in light of these arguments.

URPL-GP 2629 Innovations in US Cities:  New Ideas in Policy Management and Planning
Instructor: Neil Kleinman
Course Description: Governments are undergoing a shift—some might say a revolution—in their approach to operations, service delivery and policy making. With the rise of infinitely complex issues such as globally linked economies and climate change, as well as growing gaps in confidence in the ability of the public sector to address these challenges, prevailing governance approaches no longer seem adequate. There is a move to more innovative approaches – that tap into open platforms, cross agency collaborations, public/private partnerships, and public engagement to extend reach and enhance public value creation. 

With a focus on local government, this course will provide a comprehensive overview of the many facets of a new government paradigm that is taking root in various forms throughout the US. The curriculum is designed to function as a live-lab in which students learn new approaches and tools and directly engage in innovations as they’re happening.  Students themselves will be contributing to the understanding of this nascent field.     



~ Courses Brought Back in Spring 2015 ~

Check Albert for dates, times and prerequisites.



~ Featured Courses ~

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~ Courses That Require Application ~

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PADM-GP 2149 Law and Economics of Municipal Governance Seminar


~ Course Sections with New Instructor for Spring 2015 ~

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PADM-GP 2138 Macroeconomics
Instructor: Ngina Chiteji's teaching and research interests include public policy, macroeconomics, economic inequality, crime, and the distribution of household wealth in the United States. She is co-editor of Wealth  Accumulation and Communities of Color in the United States (with Jessica Gordon Nembhard, University of Michigan Press, 2006). Her research also has been published in several scholarly journals, including the Journal of Black Studies , the Journal of Family and Economic Issues , and Labour Economics . She currently is engaged in two research projects. The first examines defined contribution pensions and the Great Recession's effect on retirement savings. The second analyzes the effect that incarceration has on wealth accumulation and an individual's ability to prepare for retirement.

PADM-GP 2140 Public Economics and Finance
Instructor: Burcin Unel

URPL-GP 2620 Race and Class in American Cities
Instructor: Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, started PolicyLink in 1999 and continues to drive its mission of advancing economic and social equity. Under Angela’s leadership, PolicyLink has become a leading voice in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, education, and infrastructure.

Prior to founding PolicyLink, Angela served as senior vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation, where she oversaw the foundation’s domestic and cultural divisions. A lawyer by training, she gained national recognition as founder of the Oakland (CA) Urban Strategies Council, where she pioneered new approaches to neighborhood revitalization. From 1977 to 1987, Angela was a partner at Public Advocates, a nationally known public interest law firm.

As a leading voice in the movement for equity in America, Angela is a frequent commentator for some of the nation’s top news organizations, including The New York Times, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Salon, and CNN, and has appeared regularly on shows such as American Public Media’s Marketplace, The Tavis Smiley Show, Nightline, and PBS’s Now. Angela has also been a guest on the PBS series Moyers & Company and PBS’s NewsHour. She appears in the sixth and final segment of the PBS six-part series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., which aired in October and November, 2013.

Angela is the co-author of Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future (W.W. Norton & Co., 2010), and contributed to Ending Poverty in America: How to Restore the American Dream (The New Press, 2007) and The Covenant with Black America (Third World Press, 2006). In 2013, Angela and PolicyLink collaborated with the Center for American Progress to write and release All In Nation: An America that Works for All. Angela earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She serves on numerous boards and served as co-chair of the Task Force on Poverty for the Center for American Progress. Angela currently serves on The President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

URPL-GP 4606 Comparative Land Use Planning
Instructor: Yuan Xiao is a post-doctoral research scholar at Columbia Law School’s Center on Global Legal Transformation.  Her research interests include property rights, land policy and land markets, urbanization in developing countries, and international development. Yuan graduated from M. I. T. in 2014 with a Ph. D. in Urban and Regional Planning. Her dissertation, titled “Making Land Fly: The Institutionalization of China’s Land Quota Markets and Its Implications for Urbanization, Property Rights, and Intergovernmental Politics.” investigates China’s land quota markets, a recent land policy innovation that virtually transfers urbanization permission from the countryside to cities. Prior to her doctoral studies, Yuan worked for three years with the World Bank in Washington D. C., where she focused on capacity building and training programs in the field of urban management and planning for developing countries. Yuan holds a M. A. in Political Science from University of Toronto, Canada, a B. A. in International Politics and an concurrent B. A. in Economics from Peking University, China.

~ Courses with New Course Description~

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URPL-GP 4647 The Modern Master Plan
Course Description: This course is an advanced planning workshop that will provide students with an understanding of how effective community plans are created and implemented. Students will learn about the plan development process at various scales- regional, municipal and neighborhood- and explore techniques for effective community engagement in the planning process. This workshop will explore the effectiveness of community plans in charting a course for the future and the ways in which plans can address the complex land use, environmental, health and social issues that confront today’s communities. The workshop will include a hands-on case study where students will have the opportunity to develop a community plan and outreach strategy for a local municipality and test their ideas with a municipal Planning Board.


~ Courses with Intensive Format in Spring 2015~

Check Albert for dates, times and prerequisites.

~Courses with International Content in Spring 2015~

Check Albert for dates, times and prerequisites.


~Saturday Courses in Spring 2015~

Check Albert for dates, times and prerequisites.


~ Courses Moved to Spring 2015~

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PADM-GP 2173 Operations Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Contexts
Instructor: Natalie Privett

PADM-GP 2445 Poverty, Inequality, and Policy
Instructor: Natasha Wilson
Note: This course will be offered in the January intersession