Executive Master of Public Administration

Where Experience, Exposure, and Education Combine to Advance Powerful Careers with Social Impact

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Leaders at the highest level of public service must understand the complexities of management and leadership—as well as intractable social issues—in order to make a positive impact in the world. With core courses in finance, policy, and management, and unique networking opportunities beyond the classroom, the EMPA program will prepare you to address public service challenges through leadership roles in any sector: nonprofit, government, philanthropic, and private.

EMPA: A Career-Changing Degree for Seasoned Leaders

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

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. 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Rigorous analytic tools and skills that provide a framework for action to address complex public service challenges.
  • Access to an expansive professional network of leaders and institutions at the forefront of changing and implementing public policy.
  • The flexibility to customize your course of study and complete your degree on Saturdays and/or weekdays in less than one year (full-time) or two years (part-time).
  • Highly individualized advisement with executive faculty, plus professional coaching, help you design and fine-tune a personalized learning plan, reflect on your goals, and carve out an impact-focused career path.
  • A private lecture series in an intimate setting, where you can hear from and connect with leaders in many fields and organizations.

schedule options

We’ve designed two convenient scheduling options for EMPA students.

The EVENING option is popular among NYC residents and international students.

  • Complete the program in less than one year (September – May) full-time, or two years part-time.
  • Most courses are offered on weekday evenings, with one required course on Saturday afternoon.

The SATURDAY option appeals to students who work full-time during the week and live within commuting distance of New York City.

  • Complete the program in less than one year by taking two courses each Saturday for 28 weeks (September – May).
  • Start the program with one intensive, required course taught over four weekdays (9:00am - 5:30pm) in late August.
  • Take your other courses during the day on Saturday, beginning at 9:00am.

“I am passionate about equality, justice, and New York. The faculty at NYU Wagner prepared me to be an effective advocate for all three. NYU Wagner is part of the fabric of NYC and its alumni network is at the table and leading some of the most important conversations in this city.”

– Alan Van Capelle, EMPA-PSL 2012
President and Chief Executive Officer, Educational Alliance