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.

You should then search the "Courses by Semester" documents and the fall and spring course schedules to determine when your Wagner courses of choice will be offered.

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.


Relevant Preparatory Workshops


  • Math Review
    If you need a quantitative refresher, register for the non-credit Math Review (NONCR-GP 906) module offered in August as well as early in the semester. The math skills self-assessment exam will help you determine whether you should register for the Math Review. The tuition for the module is $175.
  • Writing Workshop
    If you feel you need to brush up on your writing skills, consider taking the non-credit Professional Writing (NONCR-GP 907) module which meets during the fall semester. More information is available here. The tuition for the module is $175.

Next -- Step 4: Register via Albert