Weighted Lottery

Weighted Lottery for Required Specialization Courses

Wagner has a lottery process for most high-demand required specialization courses.  The Spring 2018 lottery will be conducted via Albert.

At the start of registration on Monday, November 13, all weighted lottery courses will be artificially closed but students will be able to add themselves to the waitlist. Once you add yourself to a lottery course waitlist, you have entered the lottery for that course. All students who add themselves to the waitlist by the 5:00 pm on Monday, November 20 deadline will be considered for seats in the course. (It is a student's responsibility to add themselves to their chosen lottery course waitlist and not leave the course in the "shopping cart." You must submit your shopping cart or you will not be considered for the lottery)

Your position on the waitlist has no effect on your chances of entering the course. If you intend to have a back-up course on your schedule, you must use the Course Swap function (see the Student Registration section on the NYU Registrar's website for detailed registration instructions).

Selection for seats in the lottery courses will be based on weighted factors, particularly whether the course is a requirement for students’ specializations and how many semesters students have remaining at Wagner.

All students who do not earn a seat in the course lottery will be placed on the course waitlist.

Required Specialization Courses in Weighted Lottery (All Sections)* 

Any student who wants to register for one of the courses below must do so via the process outlined above.

  1. HPAM-GP 1833, Health Services Management
  2. PADM-GP 2106, Community Organizing
  3. PADM-GP 2110, Strategic Management
  4. PADM-GP 2132, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation by Design
  5. PADM-GP 2135, Talent Development - Understanding Human Resources
  6. PADM-GP 2140, Public Economics and Finance
  7. PADM-GP 2170, Performance Measurement & Management
  8. PADM-GP 2171, Program Analysis and Evaluation
  9. PADM-GP 2310 Understanding Social Enterprise
  10. PADM-GP 2411, Policy Formation and Policy Analysis
  11. PADM-GP 2875, Estimating Impacts in Policy Research
  12. PADM-GP 2902, Multiple Regression and Intro to Econometrics
  13. PADM-GP 4137, Strategic Communication
  14. URPL-GP 2608, Urban Economics

*If a required specialization course is not on this list, it is not part of the lottery in Spring 2018.

Registration and Weighted Lottery Timeline: Quick View

Thu, Nov 2


Online Registration Info and Q&A sessions for continuing students

Thu, Nov 9


Faculty Group Advisement (please see the RSVP link for locations)

Mon, Nov 13

Albert Student Ctr for appt. times

Registration for Spring courses, including weighted lottery courses opens on Albert

Mon, Nov 20


Registration for lottery courses closes; students can continue to add themselves to the waitlist for these courses, but will not be considered part of the lottery

Tue, Dec 5


Lottery results will be viewable in Albert


If after reading through the lottery instruction you have questions, email wagner.academicservices@nyu.edu