Executive MPA-MSW

NYU Wagner and Social Work

This dual degree is designed to provide MSW students an opportunity to focus on acquiring additional skills in management, finance and/or policy. The flexibility of the program allows students to choose courses from the Health Policy and Management Program, the Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy Program, or both. Upon completion of the Executive MPA program, students will receive an MPA degree.

The Executive MPA/MSW Program incorporates the 30 credits required for the Executive MPA and the 65 credits required for the MSW. Hence, students will complete 24 Wagner EMPA course credits and 59 Silver MSW credits.

Full-time MSW students typically begin their NYU Wagner courses during the fall of their first year by taking one EMPA core course (Strategic Leadership). During the spring, students take one EMPA elective. Over the summer, students take one required EMPA course (Financial Management). In their second year, students will take one EMPA elective course and the required EMPA end event in the spring (Leadership Confronted), and two electives in the summer to complete the dual degree in two years.


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 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. 


Applicants are required to apply to each school. Executive MPA applicants should have a minimum of five to seven years of professional management and direct supervisory experience. Once admitted to both schools, a student will qualify for the dual-degree program.


Pursuing a graduate dual-degree is an investment in the future and a serious commitment of time and money. All dual-degree applicants are eligible to apply for scholarships and funding.

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Click here for more information about Wagner admission and to apply.

For the Silver School of Social Work, contact Takako Kono, Interim Assistant Director, MSW Program Services

MSW-Executive MPA Curriculum 

Students may choose to alter the sequencing suggested after consulting with their program administrators. Students select Wagner elective courses from any specialization or program as long as prerequisites are satisfied.

Sample Schedule

Key: GP = Wagner Course
Course Number Course Title Credits
FALL YEAR I (18.5 credits) (Registration residency: Silver)
Silver Core Curriculum 14
EXEC-GP 1194 Strategic Leadership 4.5
SPRING YEAR I (16 credits) (Registration residency: Silver)
Silver Core Curriculum 13
XXXX-GP EMPA Elective 3.0
SUMMER YEAR I (9 credits) (Registration residency: Wagner*)
CORE-GP 1021 Financial Management (and discussion) 3.0
Silver Core Curriculum 6.0
FALL YEAR 2 (16 credits) (Registration residency: Silver)
Silver Core Curriculum 13
Silver Elective Course 3.0
SPRING YEAR 2 (17.5 credits) (Registration residency: Wagner*)
Silver Core Curriculum  10
XXXX-GP EMPA Elective 3.0
EXEC-GP 3190 Leadership Confronted 4.5
SUMMER YEAR 2 (6 credits) (Registration residency: Wagner*)
XXXX-GP EMPA Elective 3.0
XXXX-GP EMPA Elective 3.0

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