EMPA for Public Service Leaders

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Degree Brochure and Viewbook

NYU Wagner’s EMPA for Public Service Leaders teaches seasoned professionals to lead organizations to address the world's most pressing challenges. Students are trained in rigorous methods of management and leadership to develop skills and tools to affect positive change in their field. The program is designed for professionals who have a minimum of eight years of work experience, with increasingly progressive management and leadership responsibility.

This unique program offers:

  • 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 individualized executive coaching, leadership development courses, a co-curricular speaker series, and opportunities for networking through and beyond graduation.
  • A customizable curriculum. You'll work closely with a faculty advisor to develop an individual learning plan based on your unique leadership ambitions and 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.

EMPA: A Career-Changing Degree for Seasoned Leaders

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

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. 

Scheduling NOTES

  • You begin with a four-day intensive course in late August prior to your first semester (Strategic Leadership). You take your second core course on alternating Saturday afternoons in your first semester (Financial Decision Making and Management), and your third on a Saturday afternoon or weeknight schedule in your second term (Leadership Confronted).
  • Throughout your first year, you join a bi-weekly co-curricular series on Saturday afternoons, featuring skill-building workshops, lectures from public service leaders, and group sessions on executive coaching and academic planning.
  • Elective courses may be selected from within Wagner or taken in divisions of NYU outside of Wagner
  • Depending on the credit value of each course, EMPA students complete 10 to 17 courses for the degree. 
  • EMPA students earn a total of 30 credits (9 core + 21 elective), and may graduate in May, September, or January.
    • Sample full-time study plans:
      • Fall (13.5 credits) + January (3 credits) + Spring (13.5 credits)
      • Fall (12 credits) + January (3 credits) + Spring (12 credits) + Summer (3 credits)
    • Sample part-time study plans:
      • Years 1 & 2: Fall (7.5) + Spring (7.5)
      • Years 1 & 2: Fall (6) + Spring (6) + January/Summer (3)