Educating Leaders in Every Sector, Industry, and Corner of the Globe

NYU Wagner’s EMPA for public service leaders teaches seasoned professionals to lead organizations to address the world's most pressing challenges. Students are trained in rigorous methods of management and leadership to develop skills and tools to affect positive change in their field.

Our EMPA program is unique in various ways:

  • A truly executive program. EMPA students have a minimum of eight years of work experience, with increasingly progressive management and leadership responsibility. This creates an executive network of highly accomplished professionals.
  • Flexible scheduling. We offer two convenient scheduling options: a weekday evening schedule where students can complete the EMPA in less than one year on a full-time schedule, or in two years on a part-time basis; students can alternate between full- and part-time status. Or a Saturday schedule that can be completed in less than one year.
  • A customizable curriculum. Six of the nine courses are electives, which students can choose to cluster around a specific topic or skillset. Students work closely with a faculty advisor to develop individual learning plans based on their unique leadership ambitions and career goals.
  • Connected community. The program is cohort-based and relatively small. Students create powerful and professional connections that expand their network.
  • Coaching and specialized programming. We support EMPA students’ professional development through opportunities and events outside of the classroom. This includes a private speaker series featuring industry leaders, an executive coach to help leverage your leadership, and social and networking events. 

Scheduling Options

NYU Wagner offers two convenient scheduling options for EMPA students:


  • Courses are offered during weekday evenings. (Daytime courses are also available.)
  • Students complete the program in less than one year (September – May) going full-time, or in two years going part-time.
  • This option is appealing to international students and those living in and around New York City.


  • Students start the program with one intensive course over four weekdays (9am - 5:30pm) in late August/early September.
  • All other courses are offered during the day on Saturday, beginning at 9am.
  • Students complete the program in less than one year, taking two courses each Saturday for 28 weeks (September – May), for the completion of eight  courses.
  • This option is appealing to those who are working full-time during the week and live within commuting distance of New York City.