BA-MPA program with NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Wagner and NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) offer students the opportunity to simultaneously pursue the degrees of Bachelors of Arts and Master of Public Administration. Students admitted to the BA-MPA program can, with careful planning, earn both degrees in a shortened time and at less cost than is normally the case. This dual degree is designed for students with a strong commitment to public leadership and will allow such students both to enhance and focus their opportunities for learning, while helping them to build a meaningful career in public service.

NYUAD undergraduates in one of three majors may submit an NYUAD pre-application for the BA-MPA track once they have earned 48 credits; the majors are Economics, Political Science, and Social Research and Public Policy. At Wagner, students choose between the Public and Nonprofit Policy and Management Program and the Health Policy and Management Program and then further specialize within each program. Students may complete a maximum 28 of the 60 credits for the MPA while they are still undergraduates; initial courses should include the five Wagner school core courses along with two specialization requirements. The 28 credits may be a combination of Wagner graduate courses or their undergraduate equivalents (see equivalency table); students must earn a B or better in all Wagner or equivalent courses in order for these to be applied to the MPA. BA-MPA students must complete all requirements of their major as well as school-wide requirements prior to matriculating at Wagner.

In their senior year, students in the BA-MPA track must formally submit an MPA application to Wagner by the December admissions deadline.

Those students matriculating at Wagner with less than two years of full-time, relevant work experience must complete the Professional Experience Requirement while matriculated at Wagner. BA-MPA students who formally apply and are admitted to the MPA may choose to defer admission for up to two years in order to gain critical professional experience in the field.


Debra Cabrera, Wagner Director of Student Services

Hannah Bruckner, NYUAD Associate Dean of the Social Sciences