Interdisciplinary, Flexible and Powerful
Through theoretical and methodological training, Wagner's doctoral students learn how to produce insights required for effective and equitable public and nonprofit programs and policies. Our program is interdisciplinary just like our faculty, so students can draw on economics, political science, sociology, psychology, organization studies and other fields, and it is flexible, allowing students to design a plan of study that takes advantage of the many courses offered at Wagner and NYU's other graduate schools.
We encourage students to study the questions that drive them, while providing the guidance necessary to have the greatest impact. And we emphasize research and teaching experience. Students have many opportunities to participate in research projects with individual faculty or through our affiliated research centers, as well as opportunties to lead classes as teaching colleagues and instructors.
Students interested in conducting research in these areas are encouraged to apply:
- Education policy
- Health policy
- International development
- Public finance and financial management
- Public policy
- Urban policy
The program prepares graduates for careers at academic institutions, in think tanks, research firms, and research units of public, quasi-public and private organizations, as well as for other positions with substantial responsibilities for the supervision and administration of research.
Doctoral Students on the Job Market
"The Ph.D. program at NYU Wagner prepares students to perform rigorous, cutting edge research. But we also encourage students to ask insightful, impactful questions that follow their passions."
Why Should One Pursue a Ph.D?
Brian Elbel, Associate Professor of Population Health and Health Policy (NYU School of Medicine) explains the many personal and professional reasons why a Ph.D. may be a good fit for some students and may not be a good fit for others.
Doctoral Admissions Webinar
This webinar provides an overview of the program, course structure and tracks, the application process, financial aid and the student experience.
Doctoral Admissions Webchat
This webchat will be an opportunity for prospective students and applicants to ask questions about the program and admissions processes.
NYU- Wagner Seminar
Research has long been a global enterprise, with scholars sharing their work and insights across national, cultural and linguistic borders and within international venues such as journals and conferences. No matter the subject, a researcher's work is enriched by findings from colleagues all over the world.
Located in New York City, an international crossroads, NYU embodies this stance with extensive international networks and an international program Wagner. Our doctoral students have the opportunity to focus their studies on international issues, approaches and institutions, especially those affecting development policy, finance and management. However, all our students can position their work in a global context and all can benefit from the far-reaching connections of our faculty.