Fall 2015 Course Highlights and Registration Information

Below is important information about the Fall 2015 registration. Students should read the information below in its entirety.

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

Weighted Lottery for Required Specialization Courses

Wagner has a lottery process for most high-demand required specialization courses.  The Fall 2015 lottery will be conducted via Albert.

At the start of registration on Monday, April 20, all weighted lottery courses will be artificially closed but students will be able to add themselves to the waitlist. Once you add yourself to a lottery course waitlist, you have entered the lottery for that course. All students who add themselves to the waitlist by the 9:00 am on Monday, April 27 deadline will be considered for seats in the course. (It is a student's responsiblity to add themselves to their chosen lottery course waitlist and not leave the course in the "shopping cart.") 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’ specializations and how many semesters students have remaining at Wagner.

All students who do not earn a seat in the course lottery will be placed on the course waitlist.

Required Specialization Courses in Weighted Lottery (All Sections)*  - Any student who 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

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


Weighted Lottery Timeline: Quick View
Thursday, April 16 5:30pm-6:30pm MPA-PNP (Murphy), MPA-Health (Lafayette-3rd Fl),
MUP (Mulberry-3rd Fl)
Monday, April 20 Albert Student Center for appt. times Registration for courses and weighted lottery courses opens on Albert
Monday, April 27 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
Thursday, May 7   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 1.5-credit courses (4000-level courses).

Outside/University-wide Electives
To view the University-wide list of elective courses that has been pre-approved by the Wagner faculty, visit wagner.nyu.edu/courses/otherlistings. The electives on this page are listed by topic area, for example, education, social entrepreneurship, and more. For instructions on how to register, visit: wagner.nyu.edu/students/registration/outsidewagner.

Workshops and Modules
Our workshops and modules are open to all current students.  Registration is completed through Albert. For more information, visit: wagner.nyu.edu/students/services/workshops.

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

If you plan on registering for Capstone for the Fall 2015, please visit the Capstone for students page for more information on how to request registration for Capstone.

Core Course Waiver Exams
Students who do not qualify for prior coursework waivers for Microeconomics, Statistics and Financial Management may take the waiver exam. Students can read the waiver policies, view the waiver exam schedule and register online at: http://wagner.nyu.edu/students/registration/waivers. 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.

Fall 2015 Course Information

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

New Courses
Courses Brought Back or Moved to Fall 2015
Courses That Require Application
Course Sections with New Instructor for Fall 2015
Courses with Intensive Format in Fall 2015
Saturday Courses/Unusual Meeting Patterns Fall 2015
Courses moved to Fall 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 2471 Transportation Policy and Behavior
Instructor: Zhan Guo
Course Description: This course examines the behavioral foundation for policy design, using urban transportation as examples. We introduce multiple frameworks of understanding travel behavior, rational or irrational, contrasting the perspectives of classic economic theory with behavioral economics and social psychology, and suggest corresponding policy interventions: a behavior--theory--policy mapping. Then we present a spectrum of instruments for positively influencing behavior and improving welfare: from manipulating information and changing perceptions of time and space, to pricing and framing, to inducing emotions of pride and shame, exploiting peer pressure or enhancing self-control and motivation, and to nudging and preference shaping. Most importantly the course challenges students 1) to critique, design, implement and interpret experiments that nudge travel behavior; and 2) to bring behavioral insights to creative design of transport polices, programs and plans—making them not only efficient and equitable but also simpler, consistent, transparent, acceptable, and adaptive to behavioral changes.

URPL-GP 2629 Innovations in US Cities:  New Ideas in Policy Management and Planning
Instructor: Neil Kleiman
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 Fall 2015 ~

Check Albert for dates, times and prerequisites.

PADM-GP 2131 Organizational and Managerial Development
Instructor: Robertson Work

PADM-GP 2204 Development Assistance, Accountability, and Aid Effectiveness
Instructor: John Gershman and Paul Smoke

PADM-GP 4116 Participatory Policymaking: Co-Production of Knowledge in Nonprofits In Communities of Color
Instructor: Rachel Swaner

PADM-GP 4117 Information Systems in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Instructor: Derek Coursen

PADM-GP 4250 Hunger and Food Security in a Global Perspective (Meets in New York only)
Instructor: John Gershman (Note: Students who wish to take the abroad version of this course (PADM-GP 2250 based in Ghana, Summer 2015) must participate in the PADM-GP 4250 class meetings. Do not register for this 1.5-credit course if you wish to take the Ghana section, but instead keep this day and time open on your schedule. An information session for the Ghana course and all Wagner courses abroad will be held in early February. Email katty.jones@nyu.edu with any questions about courses abroad.)

URPL-GP 4647 Workshop in Planning: Creating 21st Century Communities
Instructor: Melissa Kaplan-Macey

~ Courses That Require Application ~

Check Albert for dates, times and prerequisites.

PADM-GP 1901 Reflective Practice: Learning from Work
Instructors: Ellen Schall and Angela Terry

Note: This is an application-only course separate from Wagner’s Weighted Lottery. In order to request registration, please fill out the application form. Priority submissions will be accepted from now until November 24. Students will be notified about registration results shortly after December 1. If you have questions, please contact Craig Schott at craig.schott@nyu.edu.

PADM-GP 2174 The Intersection of Operations and Policy
Instructors: Natalie Privett and Gordon Campbell

Note: This is an application-only course separate from Wagner’s Weighted Lottery. In order to request registration, please fill out this application. Priority submissions will be accepted from now until November 24. Students will be notified about registration results shortly after December 1. If you have questions, please contact Shannon Deere at shannon.deere@nyu.edu.

PADM-GP 2196 Public Leadership and Moral Courage
Instructor: Irshad Manji

Note: This is an application-only course separate from Wagner's Weighted Lottery. In order to apply for the course, email Irshad Manji directly at irshad.manji@nyu.edu.

PADM-GP 4149 Law and Economics of Municipal Governance Seminar
Instructors: Clay Gillette and Robert Inman
Prerequisites:  CORE-GP 1021 and either PADM-GP 2140 or URPL-GP 2608 (2140 or 2608 may be taken concurrently)

This seminar investigates the role of cities in providing services to constituents and asks how characteristics such as form of governance, form of financing, labor relations, interlocal cooperation and competition, and state/local relationships affect the quantity and quality of service delivery.  We will consider the extent to which cities should offer particular services (such as education, policing, alleviation of poverty, and economic development), the various ways of paying for those services that are selected (taxes, fees, debt), and various governance structures for deciding among these alternatives (strong mayor, mayor/city council, city manager).  Finally, we will consider the causes and consequences of fiscal distress that may interfere with service provision, and the role of different institutions in avoiding and alleviating local fiscal distress.  In making these inquiries, we will often evaluate cities (which are formally known as “municipal corporations”) as economic units not unlike publicly held corporations, with “shareholders” (voters), a “board of directors” (mayor and city council), and “product lines” (street cleaning and maintenance, safety, education, recreation, libraries) that it offers to potential “consumers” (residents, employers, and employees).  While no formal training in economics is required, we will consider empirical studies and basic economic theories to evaluate different forms of service delivery and governance. Class preparation and participation will be a substantial element in grading.

Note: This is an application-only course separate from Wagner’s Weighted Lottery. In order to request registration, please fill out the application form. Priority submissions will be accepted from now until November 24. Students will be notified about registration results shortly after December 1. If you have questions, please contact Deb Cabrera at debra.cabrera@nyu.edu.

PHD-GP 5905 Qualitative Research Methods
Instructors: Sonia Ospina

Note: This is an application-only course separate from Wagner’s Weighted Lottery. In order to request registration, please fill out this application. Priority submissions will be accepted from now until November 24. Students will be notified about registration results shortly after December 1. If you have questions, please contact Shannon Deere at shannon.deere@nyu.edu.


~ Course Sections with New Instructor for Fall 2015 ~

Check Albert for dates, times and prerequisites.

PADM-GP 2138 Macroeconomics
Instructor: Ngina Chiteji

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

PADM-GP 4440 Education and Social Policy
Instructor: Emilyn Whitesell

PADM-GP 2445 Poverty, Inequality, and Policy
Instructor: Natasha Wilson

PADM-GP 4310 Understanding Social Entrepreneurship
Instructor: Amanda Kraus

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 2660-002 History and Theory of Planning
Instructor: John West is a planning scholar who is interested in how city governments understand urban problems, how they expect urban residents to participate in fixing them and how technology mediates this relationship. His current focus is urban policies in New York City that sought to achieve collective benefit by shaping the choices of individual city-dwellers using information communication technologies. His work draws on scholarship from the field of Science and Technology Studies and engages with three aspects of Urban Planning theory and practice – the role of citizen participation or input in plan making and execution, the use of economic theory and market-like systems to address urban problems, and the part played by ‘smart city’ technologies in producing new urban policy systems. His dissertation, “Rule of Choice: Technology and Politics in Three Policy Innovations in New York City,” examines congestion pricing, school choice and restaurant grading, three policies that seek to manage urban problems through guided individual choice.

Section description:  The aim of this course is to introduce students to the theory and history of urban planning. The course focuses on examples from developing countries while also drawing on cases from Europe and the United States. Students will engage with key issues in the field including the contested justifications for planning, the changing role of planners in public and private practice, and the place of values in planning conduct.  Histories of planning provide an empirical grounding for these debates and illustrate the ways that both the practice and intellectualization of planning has changed over time. The course has three sections, each guided by a basic question: 1) What is planning?  2) How is planning done?  3) How should we plan?  Students will be introduced to fundamental texts that shape how planners think about the profession and their role in it.

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 Intensive Format in Fall 2015~

Check Albert for dates, times and prerequisites.

PADM-GP 2445 Poverty, Inequality, and Policy
Instructor: Natasha Wilson

URPL-GP 2445-001 History and Theory of Planning
Instructor: Hilary Ballon
Please note that this section will meet in an intensive format over the course of the semester:  there will be seven class meetings that meet from 2:00-5:15.  The dates of these class meetings will be determined by the instructor at the start of the term.

~Saturday Courses in Fall 2015~

Check Albert for dates, times and prerequisites.

CORE-GP 1020-007 Managing Public Service Organizations
Instructor: Robin Postel
~Meets Saturday and Sunday~

PADM-GP 2131 Organizational and Managerial Development
Instructor: Robertson Work
~Meets Saturday~

PADM-GP 2159 Convergence of Business and Government in the Nation's Economy
Instructor: Tom Coleman
~Meets Friday and Saturday~

PADM-GP 4217 NGO Accountability
Instructor: Jessica Alexander
~Meets Friday and Saturday~

~ Courses Moved to Fall 2015~

Check Albert for dates, times and prerequisites.

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