You may register for courses after reading each step in this Registration Guide. We encourage you to participate in a mandatory online Registration Advisement Webinar as soon as possible to gain a more comprehensive understanding of degree requirements as well as important tips on registration and planning your program.

Please click on the link below to review your degree requirements

EMPA Program Requirements

Three Required EMPA Courses:

Note: Students in the EMPA program may take up to two regular (non-EMPA) MPA school-wide core courses. Since Financial Management (CORE-GP 1021) is required for the EMPA program, only one additional school-wide core course may be taken toward the Executive program degree requirements. For your reference the remaining regular MPA school-wide core courses are listed below.


a. Determine your course load and enrollment status

A full-time course load is typically 16 credits per term. A 12-credit load is also considered full-time for financial aid purposes.

A part-time course load is 6-8 credits per term. Taking fewer than 6 credits per term could impact your eligibility for financial aid.

If you choose to complete the EMPA program in one year, we recommend that you take 4 courses (16 credits) your first semester, 4 courses (16 credits) in your second semester, and 1 course (4 credits) over the summer. If you chose to complete the program in one calendar year you must take Leadership Confronted (EXEC-GP 3190) in the spring in addition to your electives.

b. Plan your elective course choices/Beware of prerequisites

EMPA students should use the courses-by-topic area page to determine courses offered in specific topic areas at Wagner, and at other NYU graduate schools.  To further assist your selection, please view the following pages:

You must be mindful of course prerequisites for all courses that you are interested in taking. Prerequisites may be found in the course description and in the course descriptions in the NYU Albert course registration system.

c. Individual Learning Plan
The goal of the EMPA program is to facilitate your learning and to make sure that you are talking to the right people, finding the best learning settings and courses, and meeting your requirements. Your Wagner experience should be as full and rich as possible. In order to help guide you, students in the EMPA program are to complete an Individual Learning Plan. Please complete the plan and return it to Gordon Campbell and Lola Odunsi so that they can assist you in a more tailored advisement conversation.

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