Interdisciplinary, Flexible and Powerful
False knowledge can be more dangerous than ignorance, as sages have noted. But much of what we think we know about public policy, finance, and management is based on exactly that - making well-designed research in these areas critical.
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.
- Academic Requirements
- Preliminary Qualifying Examination
- Comprehensive Exams
- Foreign Language Requirement
Critical milestones in the Doctoral Program include advanced coursework, a preliminary qualifying examination, three comprehensive field examinations (including one in research methods), participation in the NYU Wagner Research Colloquium, and a dissertation based on independent and original research defended before a faculty committee.
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.
Because the program has considerable flexibility in terms of course selection and preparation for the key milestones, faculty advisors play a pivotal role in the doctoral education process. For an overview of advisement relationships in the Doctoral Program, please visit the student advisement web page.
Recent Dissertation Abstracts
Sonia Ospina | How does leadership happen?How does leadership happen?Leadership.
Paul C. Light: What is a government ill-executed?What is a government ill-executed?Politics.
Erica G. Foldy | What enables teams of social workers to be more effective?What enables teams of social workers to be more effective?Management.
Sidney PovallCapstone Client: Fonkoze USAEnvironment.
Tara NoronhaCapstone Client: Girls Gaining Ground, Bahavishya Alliance, Mumbai, IndiaHuman Rights.
Doctoral Open House
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.