Courses Outside Wagner

You may take an NYU course outside of Wagner if the other school will allow you to register for it and if the course is pre-approved by Wagner faculty, or if you obtain Wagner faculty approval through the process outlined below. 


  • You may not take non-Wagner courses in your first term.  
  • Undergraduate courses and foreign language courses cannot count toward any Wagner degree.
  • Course credits vary across schools (not all award 1.5 or 3 credits)
  • The number of credits assigned to the course by the NYU school offering it will be the number of credits applied toward your Wagner degree.
  • You will be financially responsible for the number of credits assigned to the course at the Wagner tuition rate. 
  • If you receive a final grade lower than "C-" in any course (regardless of host school), it cannot be counted toward your Wagner degree.
  • Courses must award a standard grade; "Pass" ("P") grades cannot count toward your Wagner degree.
  • Wagner students are subject to NYU Wagner's add/drop and refund policies.


  • Cross-registration timelines vary by school. See school-based guidelines on the menu at left.
  • Before registering, the course must be approved by Wagner faculty.  If the course is not pre-approved (see STEP 1), submit a petition for faculty review (see STEP 2). It can take up to 4 to 6 weeks for petitions to be reviewed.

Cross-Registration instructions

  • Prepare a concise memo that covers:
    • Your reason(s) for wanting to take the course, including demonstration that Wagner does not teach a similar course;
    • How the course is relevant to public service;
    • How the course fits with your public service academic and career goals;
    • A list of the course prerequisites (if any) and how you have met them. If the non-Wagner school has an explicit prerequisite or proficiency policy (for example, Stern), you must outline how you have met that school's requirements.
  • Obtain the most up-to-date course syllabus available.
  • Submit your memo along with a copy of the course syllabus through the Non-Wagner Course Petition Form (requires log-in with NYU Net ID and password). 
  • If you are requesting approval for more than one non-Wagner course, or would like to have a first choice and a back-up option reviewed, submit a separate form for each course, all on the same date. 
  • Faculty will determine whether the course is relevant to your Wagner degree program, and your Student Services Program Advisor will communicate that decision within 4 to 6 weeks of petition submission. Decisions rendered are final.
  • If your petition is approved, move to STEP 3.

Review and follow the registration procedure for the relevant school. See school-based guidelines on the menu at left.