Instructions for NYU Courses Outside of Wagner

Courses at Other Schools

With the permission of the faculty, you may take courses offered by other divisions at NYU when such coursework is relevant to your program and enhances your educational experience. To determine if a course outside of Wagner is a good match for you:

  • Obtain and review the syllabus. Please note that the syllabi on the Pre-Approved University-Wide Electives list are provided as a reference for students. For the most up-to-date syllabi, contact the department offering the course.
  • Check the University course search with the exception of Law School and Stern courses.
  • Check for prerequisites or other restrictions. If you are unsure about your eligibility to take a course, you should contact the appropriate school or department in which the course is taught.
  • Check if the course is on our Pre-Approved University-Wide Electives list.
  • Check the number of credits assigned to the course by the NYU school offering the course.  The number of credits that will be applied to your Wagner degree, and for which you will be charged Wagner tuition, will be the actual number of credits assigned to the course.
  • Review Wagner's grading scale, since it applies to all courses taken at other divisions of the University.  Any grade lower than a "C-" (lowest grade before an "F") cannot be counted toward a Wagner degree.

Instructions for Obtaining Approval for Electives Not on Pre-Approved List

If the course is not on the Pre-Approved University-Wide Electives list and NYU Wagner does not teach a similar course, but the course is open to NYU Wagner students and you have met the prerequisites, then you must first obtain permission from the Wagner faculty to apply the course toward your degree. To do so, you must submit the course syllabus and a brief memo.

  1. 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 requirement.
  2. 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).

Your Student Services Program Advisor will then work with the appropriate faculty to determine whether the course is relevant to your Wagner degree program and specialization. The faculty will review your request thoroughly. Decisions rendered are final.

Note: Students may only petition to take non-Wagner courses once per semester. 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, then you must submit a separate Non-Wagner Course Petition Form for each course, all on the same date.

Instructions for Registering for University-Wide Electives

  • If the course appears on the Pre-Approved University-Wide Electives list, review and follow registration procedure for the relevant school (see links to the left).
  • If the course does not appear on the Pre-Approved list, first obtain approval (see above) and then review and follow registration procedure for the relevant school (see links to the left).


June 3 (9:00am): Priority deadline to submit non pre-approved registration requests to Wagner Student Services.

August 19 (9:00am): Deadline to request to take any non-Wagner course.

Reminder: Check the specific school deadlines listed on the school pages (see left navigation for links).


Note: Undergraduate and Foreign Language Courses


Undergraduate level and foreign language courses cannot be applied to any degree offered by Wagner.

Related Links

Pre-Approved University-Wide Electives