EMPA for Nurse Leaders

Who better to drive change in today’s complex healthcare landscape than those at the front lines? NYU Wagner’s Executive MPA for Nurse Leaders takes your experience as a leader or manager at the intersection of healthcare administration and delivery, and enhances it with the latest developments in health policy, health administration, and executive-level management.

From day one of this two-year, part-time program, you’ll find every moment grounded in the real world. You also won’t have to put your career on hold. All students continue to work full-time while getting the degree, elevating class discussion by reporting back on what's working in their professional lives. In your final Capstone project, you and your team will find an implementable solution to a real healthcare challenge.

And all this is only the start of how we help you multiply the impact you’re already having and then take it to a higher level.

NOTE: While we are not accepting applications to the EMPA Nurse Leaders program for the entering Fall 2020 class, prospective students are invited to consider our MPA, Health Policy and Management program or our Online Master of Health Administration degree

What's Distinctive About This Program?

  • Networking opportunities. Special programs bring executives from the field to meet with students.
  • Experienced, accessible faculty. Faculty is invested in your success and available for one-on-one meetings throughout your studies.
  • Direct professional applicability. Coursework enables you to immediately start making informed management decisions on the job.

Is this program right for me?

The EMPA Nurse Leaders program is designed for bachelor's degree-prepared registered nurses who are already in leadership and management roles and aspire to further their careers.

The program is completed part-time over two academic years and will provide you with the highest level of service possible as you continue your career.

Academic Requirements and Curriculum

Students complete 30 credits consisting of four core courses (12 credits), five electives (15 credits), and a Capstone end event (3 credits).


Below is an overview of the required coursework. For detailed information, view the program checksheet

Required Courses

CORE-GP.1021, Financial Management
HPAM-GP.1833, Health Services Management


Students will work with a faculty advisor to select 15 credits of elective coursework from NYU Wagner's offerings, as well as from other NYU schools (including the College of Nursing). Up to 6 credits may be taken outside of NYU Wagner.

HPAM-GP 2836, Current Issues in Health Policy
HPAM-GP 2845, Advanced Healthcare Payment Systems
HPAM-GP 2846, The Realities of Managing Complex Health Systems
HPAM-GP 2848, The Business of Healthcare
HPAM-GP 4822, Healthcare Information Technology: Public Policy and Management
HPAM-GP 4840, Financial Management for Health Care Orgs I: Financial Management and Budgeting
HPAM-GP 4841, Financial Management Health Care Orgs II: Capital Financing and Advanced Issues
HPAM-GP 4852, Ethical Issues in Healthcare Management
PADM-GP 2119, Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
PADM-GP 2127, Corporate Social Responsibility: Social Finance Partnerships and Models
PADM-GP 2132, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation by Design
PADM-GP 2170, Performance Measurement and Management
PADM-GP 4101, Conflict Management and Negotiation
PADM-GP 4105, Cross-Cultural Negotiation and Conflict Management in Multicultural Teams
PADM-GP 4110, Project Management
PADM-GP 4112, Building Effective Teams
PADM-GP 4120, Labor Management Cooperation
PADM-GP 4130, Fundamentals of Accounting

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Beyond the Classroom

The EMPA-Nurse Leaders degree is specially designed to be a cohort-based program. To develop a strong sense of community and provide learning opportunities that are not available in the traditional classroom, we offer the following extra-curricular activities:

  • Orientation events
  • Individualized and group advisement
  • Guest lecturers
  • Networking opportunities

Partnership with New York-Presbyterian Hospital

In 2006, NYU Wagner and New York-Presbyterian Hospital partnered to create this unique program for nurses. The collaboration has enriched the NYU Wagner community by attracting inspiring nurses and training them to add new knowledge to their work while giving them the skills they need to become more effective managers.