Executive Master of Public Administration

As a passionate, experienced professional, you’re too driven and committed to your work to stand still for long. You’re looking for new skills, expanded networks, and ways to apply your leadership experience to make the maximum impact. Our Executive MPA (EMPA) program is designed to combine your experience and exposure with a professionally-focused education to advance your career and help you deliver social impact at an even higher level.

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EMPA: A Career-Changing Degree for Seasoned Leaders

EMPA alumni and faculty discuss how the rigorous program hones skills, expands networks, and transforms careers.

Program Highlights

  • An inspiring, cohort-based community. EMPA students take part in orientation, core courses, and co-curricular programming within a cohort of service-minded professionals. You'll create powerful connections with fellow students and alumni that will expand your network and inspire your professional journey.

  • Individualized coaching and leadership development. We support EMPA students’ professional development through executive coaching, leadership development courses,  and a co-curricular series featuring organizational leaders and skill-building workshops.
  • A customizable curriculum. You'll work closely with a faculty advisor to develop an individual learning plan based on your unique career goals. About two-thirds of the curriculum consists of elective coursework you can cluster around specific topic areas or skill sets.
  • Full- or Part-Time Study. You can complete the program within a year of full-time study, or two or more years of part-time study, with the option to alternate between the two.
  • Flexible Scheduling. You may take elective courses as your schedule permits: on Saturdays (mornings/afternoons), during the week (days/evenings), or a combination of the two.

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Alumni in Action: Supporting and Empowering Nonprofits in New York City

Jennifer Geiling (EMPA) left her job as a corporate lawyer to start a nonprofit for adults with developmental disabilities. She wanted to make a greater impact on the nonprofit sector, so she decided to attend NYU Wagner. 

Alumni in Action: Supporting and Empowering Nonprofits in New York City

Jennifer Geiling (EMPA) left her job as a corporate lawyer to start a nonprofit for adults with developmental disabilities. She wanted to make a greater impact on the nonprofit sector, so she decided to attend NYU Wagner. 

Program Options

Public Service Leaders

EMPA students learn to lead organizations and address public service challenges at the highest level in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors.

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International Public Service Leaders

EMPA students interested in international development policy and management can focus their curriculum on leading organizations in an global context.

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