The Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy (MPA-PNP) is a 45-credit degree program made up of core courses, a required specialization, electives, capstone, and the Professional Experience Requirement (PER).
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 45
I. DEGREE CORE (15 CREDITS)
Statistical Methods || Microeconomics || Management and Leadership
Financial Management || Introduction to Public Policy
II. SPECIALIZATION REQUIREMENTS (9 credits)
Each of the six specializations requires three courses (9 credits) to give students an introduction to key concepts and skills.
|ADVOCACY And Political Action
|Institutions, Governance, and International Development
|Advocacy Lab: How to Make Change Happen
|Financial Management II
|Politics of International Development
|Policy Formation and Policy Analysis
|Corporate Finance and Public Policy; or
Multiple Regression and Introduction to Econometrics
|Economics of International Development
|MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP
|Strategic Management and Leadership
|Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation by Design
|Human Resources: Leading Talent Development
|Evaluating Programs and Policies
|Design Thinking: A Creative Approach to Problem Solving and Creating Impact
|Performance Measurement and Management
|Multiple Regression and Introduction to Econometrics; or Policy Formation
III. Electives: Specialization-Recommended and School-wide Focus areas (18 credits)
You may choose courses across Wagner for your electives. To assist you, we've grouped courses by recommended Focus Areas.
You can go deeper in your specialization by choosing elective courses within specialization-recommended focus areas that help you develop more advanced skills.
If you wish to gain a breadth of knowledge and skills, or sharpen your career focus, you may also choose electives within and across the school-wide focus areas.
Specialization Focus Areas
- Growth, Sustainability, and Inequality
- Organizations and Management in International Contexts
- International Finance
- Health, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Aid
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School-wide Focus Areas
- Communication Skills
- Data Science and Data Management
- Environment and Climate Change
- Global Action
- Health Policy and Management
- Inequality, Race, and Poverty
- Program Evaluation
- Nonprofit and Government Organizations
- Philanthropy and Fundraising
- Social Justice and Democracy
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IV. CAPSTONE (3 Credits)
The Capstone Program, a year-long consulting or research project that's required for all MPA students, puts you out in the world, resolving a problem or conducting an analysis for a client organization.
V. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT
NYU Wagner is deeply committed to education outside of the classroom. First-hand work experience in your field of choice can be a pivotal experience, and our New York City location offers countless opportunities for career exploration. To this end, NYU Wagner requires all MPA and MUP students to graduate with professional experience that is directly related to their degree program and field of interest.
Students can fulfill this requirement in one of two ways:
- Enter NYU Wagner with at least two years of full-time, degree-relevant, professional experience; or
- Complete the Professional Experience Requirement (PER), which means working in a degree-relevant job or internship while attending NYU Wagner and before enrolling in Capstone. Students typically fulfill the PER via a relevant work experience over one semester (i.e. 15-20 hours per week during a semester, or 35-40 hours per week in the summer).
Once you begin classes, NYU Wagner’s Office of Career Services staff is available to advise you on strategies and resources for identifying degree relevant positions, submitting strong application materials, conducting successful interviews, or seeking a PER waiver for previous experience.