The basic academic requirements include coursework, program examinations, the NYU Wagner Research Colloquium for one year, and the dissertation. Candidates for the Ph.D. degree must complete a minimum of 72 points of academic work with a G.P.A. of 3.3/B+ or better average. A minimum of 32 points must be taken as a matriculant of the doctoral program at the Wagner School. Of these 32 points, at least 16 must be other than the Core or introductory level courses. In most cases, students may transfer up to a maximum of 40 points of relevant coursework from their masters programs. Note that the courses to be applied to the Ph.D. must be approved by the Doctoral Program Director.
A maximum of 40 points of transfer credit for graduate course work taken outside of New York University is allowable for the Ph.D. This course work must meet New York University Ph.D. degree time limitations, must have been completed with grades of "B" or higher, and must have been earned at an accredited institution of established academic reputation. Courses proposed for transfer credit must be relevant and consistent with the fields of study chosen by the student.
The 40 credit maximum allowance does not necessarily mean that all 40 points are always awarded. The actual determination of the transfer credits to be awarded is an integral part of program planning and results from careful consideration of a variety of factors that range from financial issues to student desire to broaden or deepen areas of study.
Once a student passes the PQE, s/he should discuss the issue of transfer credit with the Doctoral Program Director and the relevant faculty advisor.
Transfer credit impacts those receiving tuition scholarships in that scholarship ends at the achievement of the required 72 credits.
Please note that decisions regarding transfer credit are not made prior to matriculation, although discussion of potential transfer credit should be included in planning one's overall program of study.