Use your understanding of law to fight the good fight in a way that delivers positive social change. You have the drive to do so and are gaining the legal expertise, but with a MPA-JD or MUP-JD from NYU Wagner and the NYU School of Law, you can become a triple threat. We’ll arm you with the policy, finance, and management skills you’ll need to become a leader prepared to tackle a broad range of social challenges.

Whether you see yourself pursuing public interest law, writing legislation, or running an agency or organization, you’ll find the focus you need through our full-time, four-year, dual-degree program. You’ll walk away with a vast toolkit of analytical skills, ready to lead programs and institutions that create a positive impact.


An important aspect of the dual-degree academic experience is the extensive, tailored, and coordinated advisement support. 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 include 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 MPA-JD Schedule

(GP = Wagner course)


YEARS 1 and 2 (12 credits) (Registration residency: Law School)

FALL YEAR 3 (12 credits) (Registration residency: Wagner*)

SPRING YEAR 3 (12 credits) (Registration Residency: Wagner)

FALL YEAR 4 (7.5 Credits) (Registration residency: Wagner*)

  • Capstone, Part I (1.5 credits)
  • 6 credits of MPA elective coursework
    -NYU Wagner courses carry 1.5 or 3 credits
    -6 credits = 2 to 4 courses, depending on which courses you select

SPRING YEAR 4 (Combined) (Registration Residency: Law)


Applicants are required to apply to each school. Once admitted to both schools, a student will qualify for the dual-degree program. 

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