What percentage of applicants are admitted to the PhD program?
The program admits approximately 5-8 students to the PhD Program each year. The admit rate is around 5%.
What fields of study are available at Wagner?
The Doctoral Program has the following established fields of study:
Is student housing available to PhD students?
A limited amount of housing is available. Apartments are available only to matriculated, full-time students. Both furnished and unfurnished apartments are available. Generally, university housing for couples is not available unless both will be matriculated at NYU.
How can I tell if I am a good fit for the Wagner PhD Program?
The Wagner PhD Program prepares students for careers in research. You should be confident that you are interested in pursuing such a career.
When do applications for the Wagner PhD Program become available and where can I get them?
Can I apply to the Wagner Doctoral Program as a part-time student?
No. The Wagner Doctoral Program does not admit part-time students. Students must attend full time through the first two years of the program. After students finish coursework and comprehensive exams, however, they may continue as part-time students.
When will I be informed of my admissions decision for the Wagner PhD Program?
The application review process begins immediately following the December submission deadline. Decisions are typically sent by late March.
Can I transfer credits from other graduate-level work toward my doctoral degree?
Credit toward the degree for courses taken at other institutions may be awarded under certain conditions and must be approved by one's faculty advisor and the Director of the Doctoral Program.
What types of advisement are available to Wagner doctoral students?
Upon entry into the program, all new students are assigned a faculty advisor who shares common research interests and will further help the student organize a study plan. When a student completes the requisite coursework and comprehensive exams, s/he will begin work on the dissertation under the
Do I need a master's degree to apply for the Wagner Doctoral Program?
While you can apply without a master's degree, nearly all admitted students do have a graduate degree.
Do I need strong quantitative skills to be admitted to the Wagner PhD program?
Yes, you are expected to have prior quantitative coursework and/or strong quantitative GRE scores. You must complete an econometrics/statistics course covering multiple regression prior to beginning the program.
How can I learn about the Wagner PhD Program?
The best way to begin learning about the PhD Program is to browse the website, which contains complete information about the PhD Program's academic policies, admissions procedures, degree requirements, fields o
What are the Doctoral Program requirements?
Successful completion of the doctoral degree requires 72 academic course credits with a B+ or better average, completion and passing of the Preliminary Qualifying Examination, completion and passing of two comprehensive exams, a third year research paper, and a completed dissertation.
What types of teaching opportunities are available to Wagner doctoral students?
An important feature of the Wagner Doctoral Program is the wide range of opportunities for students to obtain the skills and experience necessary to become effective teachers.
Does the PhD Program admit students mid-year?
No. Wagner PhD students are admitted for the fall semester only.
What types of career will the Wagner Doctoral Program Prepare me for?
The program prepares graduates for careers at academic institutions, in think tanks, research firms, and research units of public, quasi-public and private organizations, as well as for other positions with substantial responsibilities for the supervision and administration of research.
Can Wagner doctoral students take courses in other schools and departments?
The Wagner doctoral program encourages students to take courses in other NYU schools and departments. In addition, many doctoral students invite non-Wagner and non-NYU professors to be on their dissertation committees.
What is the average length of time to degree completion for the Wagner Doctoral Program?
Doctoral Program students typically finish the degree within 5 years.
What types of career services are available at Wagner?
NYU Wagner's Office of Career Services (OCS) offers resources for students and alumni to develop appropriate strategies that lead to successful careers in academia, research and public service. OCS has partnered with the Doctoral Program
What does the doctoral admission committee look for?
Very few students are admitted to the Doctoral Program. The admissions process is designed to identify those applicants who are most likely to succeed in their studies and their careers and for whom there is a good match between their interests and those of the faculty.
What type of financial aid is available for the Wagner Doctoral Program?
PhD students who do not come with their own funding receive a four-year research apprenticeship (or equivalent), which carries full tuition remission, a stipend, student health insurance and a $1,000 start-up grant. No additional application materials are required for consideration.