Students in the doctoral program enter with a previously earned master's degree. In extremely rare circumstances, a student with only a bachelor's degree may be admitted to the doctoral program provisional upon the completion of a year of master's study. Current master's students who are accepted to the doctoral program must complete their master's degree.
Maintaining Current Student Status
All doctoral students must maintain continuous matriculation for their degree, and no degree may be awarded to a student who has not maintained continuous matriculation.
Continuous matriculation may be met in the following ways:
- Registering for a normal course load
- Upon finishing courses, officially maintaining matriculation
- Enrolling in PHD-GP.5901, Research in Progress
Please note that upon completion of all coursework, students may only 'maintain matriculation' by payment of fees for one academic year. Thereafter, students must enroll in PHD-GP 5902, Research in Progress. Matriculation fees and tuition for Research in Progress are not covered by doctoral student scholarships.
Coursework and Field Selection
Students are required to complete the following:
In addition, students choose other courses based on their interests and on the number of credits needed to complete the degree. Seventy-two (72) credits are required for the doctoral degree, although some credits may be transferred from a previously earned master's degree. At a minimum, 32 credits of coursework must be completed at NYU Wagner and/or other graduate divisions of NYU.
It is strongly recommended that students begin taking coursework in their chosen fields of specialization, and in the Research Methods courses in particular, as early as possible, preferably during the first year of study.
The major purpose of advanced coursework is to develop expertise in research methods and two fields of concentration, at least one of which must be management, policy or finance; the other may be urban policy, health policy or a customized field option (with permission). Field descriptions are available to assist students with course selection and preparation for the comprehensive exams.
Actual course selection varies based on the interests and background of each student. Students are encouraged to consult with their Faculty Advisor regarding course selection.