BA-MPA with NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Wagner tends to be a hotbed for lively conversations around challenging ideas. We love it. And we’re always on the hunt for bold internationalists with diverse perspectives. That’s why we’ve partnered with NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) to offer a BA-MPA focused on producing citizens of the world with a deep commitment to public service. You bring your unique experiences and point of view to share, and we’ll help you build a meaningful and impactful career in public service—no matter which country you’re calling “home” today.

NYUAD undergraduates studying Economics, Political Science, or Social Research and Public Policy can apply to the program once they have earned 48 credits. So what are you waiting for?


NYU Wagner Student Services

John Ham, Professor of Economics, NYUAD


As part of the BA-MPA track, you can complete up to 21 credits toward the graduate degree as an undergraduate student. This can include the undergraduate course equivalents below:


NYU Wagner Graduate Course Undergraduate Course Equivalents

CORE-GP 1011, Statistical Methods





ECON-UA 18, Statistics

POL-UA 800, Quantitative Methods in Political Science

SOC-UA 302, Statistics for Social Research

SOCSC-UH 1010Q, Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences

UPADM-GP 111, Quantitative Analysis for Public Policy

CORE-GP 1018, Microeconomics



ECON-UA 2 , Introduction to Microeconomics

ECON-UH 2010 Intermediate Microeconomics

CORE-GP 1020, Management and Leadership

UPADM-GP 103, Introduction to Managing Public Service Organizations*

CORE-GP 1021, Financial Management

No undergraduate course equivalent

CORE-GP 1022, Introduction to Public Policy



POL-UA 300, Power and Politics in America

SRPP-UH 2610, Introduction to Public Policy

UPADM-GP 101, Politics of Public Policy*

PADM-GP 2902, Multiple Regression and Introduction to Econometrics

SOCSC-UH 3220 Econometrics


*UPADM-GP 101 & 103 are NYU Wagner undergraduate courses.


For more information about the curriculum, please see our Advising and Policies page. 


Wagner graduate students come from a variety of professional backgrounds - many have several years of substantial experience in public service before starting a Wagner graduate degree. We believe that this real-world experience strongly enriches the Wagner education in and outside the classroom. As a result, our graduate admissions team may accept you into the MPA program with the requirement that you defer 1 year to gain full-time professional experience in a public service field.

You may also choose to defer your enrollment for up to 2 years in order to gain additional experience.


Pursuing a graduate dual degree is an investment in the future and a serious commitment of time and money. All Bachelor’s-Master’s track  applicants will be considered for scholarships and funding. NYU undergraduates interested in the Georgina and Charlotte Bloomberg Public Service Fellows Program must complete their school's dual Bachelor's-MPA/MUP pre-application by October 3 of their final year to be considered for this Fellowship.