How does Wagner consider applicants? What are the admissions criteria?

The mission of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service is to educate leaders in the field of public service. During the admissions review process we look to identify individuals we believe will make contributions to the leadership of domestic and international nonprofit, social policy, health, urban planning and public organizations.

The admissions process is designed to review the overall potential of applicants to determine which students will succeed in their studies and their careers. Our review process is holistic, and decisions are not based on one single indicator. An admission decision will include the following criteria:

Academic History
Demonstrated Commitment to Public Service
Potential for Impact
Work Experience
Quantitative Ability (particularly for MSPP)
Substantive Leadership and Managerial Experience (for EMPA applicants)