BA-MPA program with Gallatin

NYU Wagner and the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study 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 program joins the benefits of a broad liberal arts education at the undergraduate level with a professional education at the graduate level.

Admission to the dual-degree program track is open to Gallatin students who have completed 72 credits toward the B.A. degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Meeting these criteria means eligibility for application and consideration, and does not guarantee admission to Wagner. Interested students must submit the Pre-Application to the Gallatin Office of Advising for consideration. The form is found here:

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 7 of the 15 courses for the MPA while they are still undergraduates; initial courses should include the five Wagner school core courses along with two specialization requirements. The 7 courses 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 bachelor’s degree 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 applicants who are accepted to Wagner are required to complete at least one year of full-time work experience, either through internships or paid positions, in a field related to their interests. Students may also choose to extend their deferral to two years in order to gain additional experience. This year of professional experience fulfills the Professional Experience Requirement prior to matriculation at Wagner.


Debra Cabrera, Wagner Director of Student Services

Gallatin Office of Advising