Master of Public Administration - Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy

Turn Your Passion into Action Through a Foundation of Management, Policy, and Finance

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To be an effective public service leader, you’ll need a broad education and a firm grasp of how skills and ideas translate in different real-world contexts. This interdisciplinary program will prepare you for a transformative career in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Using the thriving urban setting of New York City as your laboratory, you’ll understand how to effectively address the most pressing issues of our time.


  • Engaged and influential faculty who encourage you to test the skills and ideas you develop in the classroom against your real-world professional experiences—and vice versa. 
  • Critical analytic skills and frameworks that you’ll need to successfully make an impact across sectors, fields, and policy arenas. 
  • A powerful community whose members can connect you to key organizations, contacts, and career opportunities worldwide.

Academic Overview

The MPA-PNP program can be completed in two years full-time or 3-4 years part-time, with the flexibility to switch between the two. All students take core courses to gain essential skills in management, policy, and finance. Students then focus on a specialization, each of which has a set of required courses and a wide range of electives.


Ready to Make an Impact

When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to hit the ground running and make your impact in a wide range of: 

  • Organizations (nonprofits, government agencies, private corporations, foundations, consulting firms, etc.)
  • Roles (program director, budget and policy analyst, research specialist, consultant, operations manager, etc.)
  • Fields (education, economic development, transportation, health, etc.)

“I categorize my career as ‘before Wagner’ and ‘after Wagner.’ Wagner pushed me to develop a career plan, and I credit the school with launching my trajectory into senior leadership in the K-12 education and nonprofit sectors.”

— Thalia Theodore Washington, MPA-PNP 2007
Chief of Staff, Office of Communications
District of Columbia Public Schools