NYU Wagner and the Stern School of Business

NYU Wagner and NYU Stern School of Business offer a highly-integrated dual degree program in business and public service for leaders who want to solve today’s most vexing challenges at the local, national, and global levels. MBA-MPA students are immersed in an education about the business, nonprofit, and government sectors and are interested in working across sectors. Alumni of the program strive to make an immediate and positive impact on business and society and have done so with successful careers in many fields, including:

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social Impact Investing
  • Public-Private Partnerships and Hybrid Organizations
  • Lobbying and Government Affairs
  • Complex, Highly Regulated Industries (e.g., Healthcare, Energy)


By earning two degrees in only three years, you will:

  1. Double your student experience: Engage in customized experiences, including a speaker series with influential leaders, academic and career services, and social events, all of which create a strong sense of cohesion among students in the program.
  2. Double your career exploration: Explore more career options through internships over two summers.
  3. Double your career opportunities: Position yourself to secure jobs that require either degree and to transition smoothly into roles that benefit from both.
  4. Double your influence: Gain two complementary skill sets that together enable you to occupy influential strategic positions by providing a bridge across sectors.
  5. Double your network: Benefit from a vast professional network of students, alumni, and faculty from both Stern and Wagner.

Program Structure

NYU Stern offers comprehensive training in the fundamentals of business and general management and the opportunity to choose from over 20 specialization areas. NYU Wagner provides foundational public policy training and the ability to specialize in policy analysis, international development, nonprofit/public management, or public finance.

Students enroll full-time, taking courses within the MBA (51 credits) and MPA (33 credits) programs concurrently, and receive a diploma from each school after three years.


An important aspect of the dual degree academic experience is the extensive, tailored, and coordinated advisement support. The MBA-MPA cohort participates in joint advising sessions each semester. Students also work with advisors from both schools to carefully choose coursework that takes into consideration their unique academic and professional goals. The many sources of advisement that each school has to offer includes faculty advisors, offices of career services, program administrators, and peer advisors. 

Students leave the dual degree program well-supported and equipped with the frameworks and analytical skills that will serve them well in the complex and changing intersection of sectors and roles their careers may span. 


Applicants complete one integrated application to the MBA-MPA dual degree program and are jointly interviewed by NYU Wagner and NYU Stern. Once admitted to both schools, a student will qualify for the dual degree program.


Pursuing a graduate dual degree is an investment in the future and a serious commitment of time and money. All dual degree applicants are eligible to apply for scholarships and funding.