Developing Leaders in Every Sector, Industry, and Corner of the Globe
Featuring a powerful professional network and a flexible curriculum, the EMPA teaches seasoned professionals advanced competency in leading organizations to address the world's most pressing challenges. Students are trained in rigorous methods of management and leadership to develop skills and tools that allow them to affect positive change in their field. Students work closely with a faculty advisor to develop individual learning plans based on their unique leadership ambitions and career goals.
Students in the EMPA have at least 10 years of professional experience and 7 years of management-level experience, and are either a rising leader, or already in an executive position. Graduates of the program benefit from NYU Wagner's deep connections throughout New York City and the globe.
Degree Timeline and Requirements
Credits required for graduation: 36 (typically 9 courses)
- Complete 12 credits/3 required EMPA core courses: Strategic Leadership EXEC-GP.1194, Leadership Confronted EXEC-GP.3190 and Financial Management CORE-GP.1021
- Complete 24 credits/6 elective courses from the areas of expertise:
Analytical Methods and Evaluation
Arts and Cultural Policy
Economic Development and Housing
Environmental, Infrastructure, and Sustainability
Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Politics and the Policy Process
Public and Nonprofit Management and Organizations
Race, Class and Diversity
Social Entrepreneurship and Social Change
Urban and Social Policy
- Review the program/degree requirements checksheet
- *Only the credits from two school-wide core courses may be applied to the 36-credit degree requirement (including CORE-GP.1021)
Beyond the Classroom
The EMPA program fosters a strong community and provides learning opportunities that are not available in the traditional classroom through highly individualized advisement with faculty, a private lecture series with inspiring leaders in public service and a strong alumni network.
Cross-Professional Series (XPS)
This speaker series offers students in Wagner's Executive and Professional Dual-Degree programs a unique opportunity to hear from leaders in many different fields and with a wide array of career experiences. The series is in intimate seminar style with an accompanying reception where students are able to engage with colleagues across disciplines, fostering important connections.
Wagner EMPA students play significant roles in redeveloping neighborhoods, advocating for social justice and providing vital human and social services in nonprofits, consulting firms, private organizations and government agencies.
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