It’s one thing to be able to recognize the physical factors contributing to disease in a human body. It’s another thing to recognize the social factors. But being able to recognize both—and know what they mean and how to work with or around them? That’s a whole different level of medicine. And that’s exactly where our MPA-MD degree, offered in partnership with the NYU School of Medicine, wants to take you.

Integrating public service and medicine, this degree provides students with the cutting-edge concepts and skills needed to shape the future of health policy and management. You’ll graduate with a set of tools and experiences to help you understand both the delivery of healthcare services and the broader social, cultural, and economic factors that influence health outcomes. You’ll be uniquely positioned to work in every facet of the healthcare system—from hospital management and managed care organizations to nonprofits, consulting firms, and government health agencies around the world.


An important aspect of the dual-degree academic experience is the extensive, tailored, and coordinated advisement support from both schools. Students will 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 offers 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 may choose to alter the suggested sequencing after consulting with their program administrators. Students select NYU Wagner elective courses from any specialization or program as long as they satisfy the prerequisites.

Sample Schedule (based on Healthcare Policy specialization)

(GP = Wagner course)


YEARS 1 - 3 (Registration residency: Medical)

FALL YEAR 4 (12 credits) (Registration residency: Wagner*)

SPRING YEAR 4 (15 credits) (Registration residency: Wagner*)

FALL YEAR 5 (Combined) (Registration residency: Medical)

SPRING YEAR 5 (Combined) (Registration residency: Medical)

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

**Students may take the final specialization course during the January session to reduce potential class meeting conflicts with Medical School residency interviewing schedule (typically in November and December).


Applicants should first apply and gain admission to the NYU School of Medicine. Once admitted, students are encouraged to apply to NYU Wagner during their third year of study at the medical school. Upon admission to NYU Wagner, students enter the MPA-MD dual-degree program and begin courses at Wagner during their fourth year.

Students enrolled in dual degree programs with other NYU schools are not eligible for NYU Wagner Named Fellowship programs or merit scholarships.