Accepting Your Offer

The following guide will help you transition from applicant to graduate student.  Follow the steps below to activate your enrollment and continue on your journey towards becoming an NYU Wagner student. Also find answers to commonly asked questions about this process. To see the deadline to submit your deposit, visit your application status page.


1. Reply to your Offer of Admission

After you have viewed your acceptance letter on your Application Status page, reply to our offer of admission by completing the "Reply to Offer of Admission" form on your Forms checklist. 

2. Activate your NYU NetID

You must activate your NetID to access student resources and submit your enrollment deposit. 

Your NetID can be found in your acceptance letter.

Visit NYU Start and follow the prompts to activate your NYU NetID. Activating your NetID provides you access to a number of student resources and services. Your NetID is a unique alphanumeric code found in your acceptance letter. It is not your University ID. Your University ID, also known as your N number, is a 9-character ID number starting with a capital N.

For help, contact the NYU ITS Help Desk at 212.998.3333 or email

3. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in ALBERT

To accept our offer of admission, log into ALBERT and submit your $1000 USD nonrefundable deposit using the following steps:

A. Log on to your NYU Home account with your NYU NetID and password you set in Step 1.

B. Select the "Academics" tab.

C. Select the "Albert" log in link and login using your NYU Net ID and password.

D. Go to the "Applicants" tab and select "View Application Status." 

E. Click the "Admission Offer" button at the top of the page.

F. Click the "Accept/Decline" link to accept or decline the admission offer.

G. Click the "Accept Offer" button. 

H.  Pay the nonrefundable deposit of $1000 USD via credit card.  If you cannot pay online, you can submit payment via check/money order or wire transfer. Alternative payment options are also available.

If you have applied to multiple NYU programs and are not intending to pursue a master's-level dual degree, please ensure that you deposit only for the school in which you wish to matriculate. If you have been accepted into another NYU school and you do not intend to enroll in that program, please contact that school and ask them to withdraw your application. Please also notify us that you have done so because you may not be able to enroll in Wagner courses if you are matriculated elsewhere at NYU.

4. Submit your official transcripts and proof of bachelor's degree conferral

Admitted students are required to hold a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or an equivalent degree from a foreign country.

Admitted students are required to provide an official copy of all academic transcripts and proof of degree conferral prior to enrollment. Instructions are communicated upon admission.

You will receive an email within a week of the offer of admission indicating your transcript status. If the email indicates that we do not have your official transcript(s), please contact the appropriate college or university to request that they send your official transcript(s) to

If your college or university cannot send your official transcript(s) digitally, please request that they are mailed in a sealed envelope to the following address:

NYU Wagner Admissions
105 E 17th Street
New York, New York 10003

Please note: Graduating seniors and BA-MPA/MUP dual-degree students should submit their transcripts upon official degree conferral and no later than three weeks prior to the start of their first term.

Additional transcript information and instructions


International applicants may need a visa before beginning graduate work at NYU Wagner. The NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) cannot process your I-20 visa application if you have not accepted our offer of admission and submitted your $1000 USD nonrefundable enrollment deposit. 

All new international students should review this pre-arrival information and email OGS at with any questions. You may also reach them by phone at 212.998.4720.

Instructions on how to start your I-20 application

If you are an international applicant and need a visa, please start the visa application as soon as possible. 


How Do I.....

Apply for Financial Aid?

US citizens and permanent residents should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible at List "New York University" as a recipient and include our federal school code number 002785 when completing your paperwork. Please call the NYU Office of Financial Aid at 212.998.4444 or visit their website with any questions. 

Set up NYU email?

You can do this 48 hours after you submit your enrollment deposit. Log back into NYU Home and follow the screen prompts to activate your email account. If you have questions, contact NYU ITS at or 212.998.3333

Request a deferral?

Deferrals are rarely granted and are viewed on a case-by-case basis. You must email to receive a deferral request form. Please note that if granted a deferral, you will still be required to submit a nonrefundable $1,000 USD enrollment deposit upon the deferral request's acceptance. Note that, if granted a deferral, you will not be eligible to request a deferral in the future.

To be considered, deferral requests must be received by January 9 for Spring-start students and by August 15 for Fall-start students.

Request transfer credit?

Decisions regarding transfer credits are made after enrollment. A maximum of 12 graduate credits can be transferred toward the MPA and MUP degrees; a maximum of 6 transfer credits toward the EMPA for Public Service Leaders or EMPA for Nurse Leaders programs; no transfer credits are allowed for the EMPA for Global Policy Leaders program. PhD students may transfer up to 40 credits. 

Alternative Payment Instructions

If you cannot submit your enrollment deposit via credit card payment (strongly preferred), you have the following options:

Electronic Payment  

Please visit the NYU Bursar Office's website for additional information about other electronic payment options. NOTE: if you submit an electronic payment, you must notify our Admissions Office at Please make sure to include your full name, the date the payment was made, the payment amount, and the confirmation number in the email. 

If you have any questions about payment, please contact the Bursar's Office at