EMPA for Global Policy Leaders

Policy and Management on a Complex International Stage


Today’s global policy leaders see the world through a unique lens. Where others see an inextricably complex cross-sector issue, you see a policy challenge ready for a creative approach. Where others see a tangle of multiple stakeholders who span several cultures, you see collaborators with a common purpose. The chance to deliver effective and sustainable solutions to unprecedented global challenges is exactly what drives you.

The Master of Public Administration, Executive program in Global Public Policy and Management (EMPA for Global Policy Leaders), offered jointly with University College London's School of Public Policy (UCL), provides experienced leaders like you—analysts, decision makers, and managers in domestic and international organizations, and in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors—the chance to expand your knowledge base and sharpen your skill set. As a full-time student, you’ll craft effective solutions to problems in the face of global and local policy and management challenges. You’ll:

  • Balance advantages of public and private sector actors
  • Promote successful inter-governmental cooperation at all levels
  • More effectively link policy analysis with policy implementation
  • Broadly ensure that policy is meeting its intended objectives and improving human welfare

Whatever your chosen field, as a global leader you'll need to be able to develop and implement creative, cross-sector policies in a complex environment in which many communities and organizations have a stake. This program will prepare you to do exactly that.

two Global Sites, One Year

The EMPA for Global Policy Leaders program is a one-year, full-time program. Students spend the first semester (August - December) at NYU Wagner in New York City and then move to UCL in London for the spring semester (January - May). The program ends in locations across the globe for summer-long (June - August), client-based Capstone projects.


Global EMPA Fulbright Scholarship: Awarded to one British Citizen to pursue the one-year, joint Executive MPA for Global Policy Leaders. The scholarship will provide full tuition and a stipend for one-semester of study.

Global EMPA Pentland Scholarship: Full tuition scholarship and a partial stipend awarded to one individual to pursue the one-year, Executive MPA for Global Policy Leaders. The scholarship will be awarded to individuals from Africa, Asia-Pacific, or Latin America and will support outstanding candidates who have at least seven years of management-related experience, can demonstrate a capacity to benefit from the program, a clear sense of how they can contribute to public service, and who lack the means to finance their own study.

Program Directors

Paul Smoke, Professor of Public Finance and Planning; Director of Global EMPA (NYU Wagner)

Marc Esteve, Associate Professor in International Public Management (UCL)