Step 1: Review Degree Requirements and Courseload

Please click on the link below to review your degree requirements

Three Required EMPA Courses:

Note: Students in the EMPA program may take up to two regular (non-EMPA) MPA school-wide core courses. Since Financial Decision-making and Management (similar to CORE-GP 1021) is required for the EMPA program, only one additional school-wide core course may be taken toward the Executive program degree requirements. For your reference, the remaining regular MPA school-wide core courses are listed below.

How many credits will I take?

Full-Time Students: 12 credits (e.g. four 3-credit courses) per fall and spring term. Those international students studying on a visa are required to take 12 credits per term.

Part-Time Students: Typically 6 credits (e.g. two 3-credit courses) per fall and spring term and 3 credits in the summer. Taking anything less will impact your eligibility for financial aid.


EMPA students will complete the 4.5-credit Strategic Leadership course (EXEC-GP 1194) in late-August (considered part of the fall semester) and the 4.5-credit Leadership Confronted course (EXEC-GP 3190) in their first spring semester, in addition to electives.

If you choose to complete the EMPA program in one year, we recommend that you take 4 courses (12 credits) during your first semester (in addition to Strategic Leadership), 3 courses (10.5 credits) in your second semester, and 1 course (3 credits) over the summer.  However, if you wish to complete the program in one academic year (August - May), you should take 4 courses (13.5 credits) in your second semester in lieu of a summer course.

The following illustrates the one academic year plan: Saturday Completion Timeline

The Fall 2018-Spring 2019 Saturday course offerings can be found here

Plan your elective course choices/Beware of prerequisites

EMPA students should use the EMPA Electives page to determine courses offered in specific topic areas at Wagner, and at other NYU graduate schools.  To further assist your selection, please go to the Courses page in the student portal to access:

  • Course Schedules
  • Course Syllabi
  • Course Evaluations

You must be mindful of course prerequisites for all courses that you are interested in taking. Prerequisites may be found in the course description and in the course descriptions in the NYU Albert course registration system.

Individual Learning Plan
The goal of the EMPA program is to facilitate your learning and to make sure that you are talking to the right people, finding the best learning settings and courses, and meeting your requirements. Your Wagner experience should be as full and rich as possible. In order to help guide you, students in the EMPA program are to complete an Individual Learning Plan. Please complete and return it to Gordon Campbell and Warner Fite so they can assist you in a more tailored advisement conversation.

If you have technical questions, please reach out to Wagner Student Services.

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