Courses at Other Schools

With the permission of the faculty, Wagner students may take courses offered by other divisions at NYU when such coursework is relevant to their program and enhances the students’ educational experience. To determine if a course outside of Wagner is a good match for you:

  • 1. Obtain and review the syllabus. Please note that the syllabi on the Pre-Approved University-Wide Electives list are provided as a reference for students. For the most up-to-date syllabi, contact the department offering the course.
  • 2. Check the University course search. Note that Law School courses will be found at this link.
  • 3. Check for prerequisites or other restrictions. Students who are unsure about their eligibility to take a course should contact the appropriate school or department in which the course is taught.
  • 4. Check if the course is on our Pre-Approved University-Wide Electives list.

Instructions for Obtaining Approval for University-Wide Electives Not on Pre-Approved List

If the course is not on the Pre-Approved University-Wide Electives list and Wagner does not teach a similar course, but the course is open to Wagner students and prerequisites have been met, students must forward the following to their program administrator. These items must be scanned into one PDF document:

  1. your name and your University ID# (N....)
  2. your program and specialization
  3. a short concise memo explaining the three points below:
    • the reason for requesting to take the course, including demonstration that Wagner does not teach a simlar course
    • how the course is relevant to public service
    • how the course fits with your public service academic and career goals
  4. the course syllabus
  5. a list of the specific course prerequisites and how you have met them. If the non-Wagner school has an explicit prerequisite or proficiency policy (for example, Stern), you must outline how you have met that school's requirement.
  6. your unofficial NYU Wagner transcript downloaded from Albert

The course syllabus and request will then be reviewed by a faculty member to determine whether it is appropriate and relevant to the Wagner degree program and specialization. The faculty will review your request thoroughly. Decisions rendered are final.

Note: Students may submit a request once per semester. If you intend to request a back-up course if your first choice is denied, you must submit the back-up course and first-choice course at the same time.

Instructions for Registering for University-Wide Electives

  • 1. If the course appears on the Pre-Approved University-Wide Electives list, review and follow registration procedure for the relevant school (see links to the left).
  • 2. If the course does not appear on the Pre-Approved list, first obtain approval (see above) and then review and follow registration procedure for the relevant school (see links to the left).