The lines between nonprofit and for-profit, public and private are increasingly blurred. Commercial enterprises are taking on the challenges of corporate social responsibility. Nonprofits are looking for increasingly innovative approaches to raising money. Suddenly everyone is looking to sustain a social mission AND a bottom line.

That’s why NYU Wagner and NYU Stern School of Business offer an integrated dual-degree program in business and public administration for leaders who want to solve today’s most vexing challenges at the local, national, and global levels. With an MPA-MBA degree, you’ll be able to make an immediate and positive impact on business and public service—and you’ll have the skills to work across all sectors. 

Alumni of the program strive to make an immediate and positive impact on business and society and have done so with successful careers in many fields, including:

  • Social Entrepreneurship

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social Impact Investing
  • Public-Private Partnerships and Hybrid Organizations
  • Lobbying and Government Affairs
  • Complex, highly regulated industries (e.g., Healthcare, Energy)

program highlights

By earning two degrees in only three years, you will:

  1. Double your student experience: Engage in customized experiences, including a speaker series with influential leaders, academic and career services, and social events, all of which create a strong sense of cohesion among students in the program.
  2. Double your career exploration: Explore more career options through internships over two summers.
  3. Double your career opportunities: Position yourself to secure jobs that require either degree and to transition smoothly into roles that benefit from both.
  4. Double your influence: Gain two complementary skill sets that together enable you to occupy influential strategic positions by providing a bridge across sectors.
  5. Double your network: Benefit from a vast professional network of students, alumni, and faculty from both Stern and Wagner.

Program Structure

NYU Wagner provides foundational public policy training and the ability to specialize in policy analysis, international development, nonprofit/public management, or public finance. NYU Stern offers comprehensive training in the fundamentals of business and general management and the opportunity to choose from over 20 specialization areas.

Students enroll full-time, taking courses within the MBA (51 credits) and MPA (33 credits) programs concurrently, and receive a diploma from each school after three years.


An important aspect of the dual degree academic experience is the extensive, tailored, and coordinated advisement support. The MPA-MBA cohort participates in joint advising sessions each semester. Students also work with advisors from both schools to carefully choose coursework that takes into consideration their unique academic and professional goals. The many sources of advisement that each school has to offer includes faculty advisors, offices of career services, program administrators, and peer advisors. 

Students leave the dual-degree program well-supported and equipped with the frameworks and analytical skills that will serve them well in the complex and changing intersection of sectors and roles their careers may span.


Students select NYU Wagner elective courses from any specialization or program as long as they satisfy the prerequisites. The schedule below is a sample, based on the Public Policy Analysis specialization, and would differ for other NYU Wagner specializations.

Sample Schedule (based on Policy specialization)

(GB = Stern course; GP = Wagner course)


FALL YEAR 1 (15 credits) (Registration residency: Stern)

SPRING YEAR 1 (15 credits) (Registration residency: Stern)

FALL YEAR 2 (13.5 credits) (Registration residency: Wagner**)

SPRING YEAR 2 (13.5 credits) (Registration residency: Wagner**)

FALL YEAR 3 (13.5 credits) (Registration residency: Wagner**)

SPRING YEAR 3 (13.5 credits) (Registration residency: Stern)


*Student may opt to take only Stern curriculum in their first semester and take Intro to Public Policy in a later semester.

**Registration residency requires 24 credit hours to be completed at Wagner.


Students apply separately to each school and join the MPA-MBA dual-degree program once they are admitted to both schools. Students enrolled in dual master's degree programs with other NYU schools are not eligible for NYU Wagner Named Fellowship programs or merit scholarships.