The Cohort Experience

The Global EMPA program fosters a strong community and provides learning opportunities not available in the traditional classroom. These cohort-based events include tailored orientation sessions, a dedicated lecture series with inspiring leaders in public service, advisement sessions, and connections with faculty. Students also benefit from a strong alumni network across NYU Wagner and UCL.


Incoming students participate in Wagner's two-day New Student Retreat in New York in late August. The Retreat includes break-out sessions for students in executive programs.

Throughout the program, a series of in-person, web-based meetings and video conference calls also help students navigate the academic support and student resources at NYU and UCL.

Speaker Series and Events

The Global Challenges/Global Conversations lecture series offers students in the program a unique opportunity to hear from leaders with a wide array of career experiences. In the fall in New York, the series will also include executive coaching to help students leverage their leadership skills. In the spring term in London, the series will feature an intimate seminar and  an accompanying reception in which students engage with colleagues across disciplines and foster important connections.

The Global EMPA program location of New York and London allows students to take advantage of the wide array of events at NYU and UCL. See the right side of this page for a list of current and past events at Wagner and click here for UCL School of Public Policy seminars.


Alumni Network

NYU Wagner alumni and UCL alumni are working in global public policy and management roles in a variety of institutions around the world. These include:

  • Accenture, Washington, DC
  • AECOM International, Washington, DC, USA
  • Alliance for Financial Inclusion, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore
  • Amnesty International, London, UK
  • The Asia Foundation, Java, Indonesia
  • Citi Foundation, New York, NY, USA
  • City Council of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Civil Service, London, UK
  • Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France
  • Diakonia, Stockholm, Sweden
  • European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
  • European Parliament, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, DC, USA
  • Fitch Ratings, New York, NY, USA
  • Georgian AIDS Centre, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Google, New York, NY, USA
  • Government Innovation & Decentralization, Seoul, Korea
  • Human Rights Watch, London, UK
  • Inter-American Development Bank, Managua, Nicaragua
  • International Finance Corporation, Washington, DC, USA
  • International Medical Corps, Port au Prince, Haiti
  • International Rescue Committee, New York, NY, USA
  • Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders, Paris, France
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation, Washington, DC, USA
  • Ministry of Justice, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris, France
  • Open Society Institute, New York, NY, USA
  • Samsung C & T, Engineering and Construction Americas, Santiago, Chile
  • Save the Children, Ethiopia
  • Skoll Foundation, Palo Alto, CA, USA
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief, New York, NY, USA
  • United Nations Development Programme, Abuja, Nigeria
  • United Nations Development Programme, Nairobi, Kenya
  • UNESCO, Paris, France
  • UNICEF, New York, NY, USA
  • United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
  • United Nations Stabilisation Mission, Kinshasa, DR Congo
  • U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, DC, USA
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC, USA
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC, USA
  • World Bank, Washington, DC, USA
  • World, Bank, Manila, Philippines