Step 2: Review Degree Requirements

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Please review the degree requirements below. For quick reference in the future, bookmark the Global EMPA  program checksheet.

The Global EMPA degree requires 30 credits to graduate, consisting of four required courses (12 credits), four elective courses (12 credits), and a Capstone project (6 credits).

  • At Wagner, courses are offered at the 3-credit or 1.5-credit level, based on the course's contact hours.
  • At UCL, courses are offered at the 3-credit level.

International students studying on a visa: you must maintain full-time status (at least 9 credits per fall/spring semester), unless approved for a full-time equivalency or a reduced course load. Please note, that in order to graduate within one year the Global EMPA program, as it was intended, requires students to take 12 credits in fall in New York and 12 credits in spring at UCL. 

Financial aid recipients: enrollment in at least 9 credits per fall/spring semester yields full-time status, and enrollment in at least 4.5 credits per fall/spring semester yields half-time status. For information about January and summer terms, as well as conditions for full- and half-time equivalencies if enrollment is less than the standard credit amounts, visit Wagner's page on enrollment status.

In accordance with Wagner's policies on academic progress and maintenance of matriculation, in order to graduate you must:

  • satisfy all degree requirements that were in place when you entered the program
  • be in good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher)
  • complete all degree requirements within five years of initial enrollment

Program Structure

Review the course plan outlined below so you can get a better idea of how the program is structured. 

Fall 2020 Residency at Wagner = 12 total credits

Required Core Courses

Elective Courses

  • Enroll in 6 total credits of elective courses (see Step 3 for more information)

Spring 2021 Residency at UCL = 12 total credits

Required Core Courses

Elective Courses

  • Enroll in 6 total credits of elective courses (see Step 3 for more information)

Summer 2021 = 6 total credits

  • CAP-GP 3230 Advanced Projects for Global Policy Leaders (6 credits)