Weighted Lottery

Weighted Lottery for Required Specialization Courses

Wagner has a lottery process for most high-demand required specialization courses.  The Fall 2017 lottery will be conducted via Albert.

At the start of registration on Monday, April 24, 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, May 1 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. PADM-GP 2110, Strategic Management
  2. PADM-GP 2132, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation by Design
  3. PADM-GP 2135, Developing Human Resources
  4. PADM-GP 2140, Public Economics and Finance
  5. PADM-GP 2170, Performance Measurement & Management
  6. PADM-GP 2171, Program Analysis and Evaluation
  7. PADM-GP 2411, Policy Formation and Policy Analysis
  8. PADM-GP 2875, Estimating Impacts in Policy Research
  9. PADM-GP 2902, Multiple Regression and Intro to Econometrics

*If a required specialization course is not on this list, it is not part of the lottery in Fall 2017.

Registration and Weighted Lottery Timeline: Quick View

Thu, April 13

Wed, April 19



Online Registration Info and Q&A sessions for continuing students

Thu, April 20


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

Mon, April 24

Albert Student Ctr for appt. times

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

Mon, May 1


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

Fri, May 19


Lottery results will be viewable in Albert


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