EMPA for Global Policy Leaders

Policy and Management on a Complex International Stage

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Today’s global policy leaders see the world through a unique lens. Where others see an inextricably complex cross-sector issue, you see a policy challenge ready for a creative approach. Where others see a tangle of multiple stakeholders who span several cultures, you see collaborators with a common purpose. The chance to deliver effective and sustainable solutions to unprecedented global challenges is exactly what drives you.

NYU Wagner’s EMPA program for Global Policy Leaders, offered jointly with University College London's School of Public Policy (UCL), provides experienced leaders like you—analysts, decision makers, and managers in domestic and international organizations, and in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors—the chance to expand your knowledge base and sharpen your skill set. As a full-time student, you’ll craft effective solutions to problems in the face of global and local policy and management challenges. You’ll:

  • Balance advantages of public and private sector actors
  • Promote successful inter-governmental cooperation at all levels
  • More effectively link policy analysis with policy implementation
  • Broadly ensure that policy is meeting its intended objectives and improving human welfare

Whatever your chosen field, as a global leader you'll need to be able to develop and implement creative, cross-sector policies in a complex environment in which many communities and organizations have a stake. This program will prepare you to do exactly that.

two Global Sites, One Year

The EMPA-Global Policy Leaders program is a one-year, full-time program. Students spend the first semester (August - December) at NYU Wagner in New York City and then move to UCL in London for the spring semester (January - May). The program ends in locations across the globe for summer-long (June - August), client-based Capstone projects.

Dedicated Scholarships

The Pentland Scholarship is a full scholarship available to a student from Africa, Asia-Pacific, or Latin America.

A Fulbright Award is available to British and US citizens

Program Directors

Paul Smoke, Professor of Public Finance and Planning; Director of International Programs (NYU Wagner)

Albert Weale, Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy (UCL School of Public Policy)

Degree Brochure

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