Step 4: Co-Curricular Programming

To complement your coursework and the advisement you will receive from Wagner faculty and staff, you will engage in valuable co-curricular programming throughout your first year of study:

  1. Co-Curricular Lunch Series: These mandatory sessions—roughly every other Saturday before afternoon classes—provide opportunities to enhance your presentation and writing skills, reflect on your professional identity, learn from leaders in the public and non-profit sectors, and obtain important program and career advisement. The lunch series is open only to students in the EMPA Public Service Leaders and Global Policy Leaders programs and provides structured and open time for you to network and collaborate with guest speakers and other members of your cohort. We will share more information about the Fall 2020 lunch series at the Global EMPA and EMPA Public Service Leaders New Student Retreat on Sunday, August 16. 
  2. Individualized Executive Coaching: At our first co-curricular lunch session, you will learn how executive coaching, exclusive to EMPA students, will accompany advisement from Wagner's Office of Career Services to support your professional growth. Thereafter, you will have the chance to schedule individual sessions with your executive coach throughout the academic year. 

Before the start of the semester, you will see Fall 2020 co-curricular sessions appear on your course schedule in Albert, along with an associated fee that covers co-curricular programming and the entire year of executive coaching. Spring sessions will continue virtually with your coach at a designated time that works best for both of you. 

  • Fall 2020: EXEC-GP 100 Executive Coaching and Co-Curricular Program 
    (12:40pm-2:10pm, Saturday, Sep 12, 26, Oct 10, 24, Nov 7, 21, Dec 12) 
    You do not register for this yourself; Wagner Academic Services will enroll you later this summer.


Wagner offers preparatory, skill-building, and special topic workshops that are open to all Wagner students. Some meet in August prior to the start of classes, while others meet during the fall semester. These workshops provide tips on a variety of topics, such as time management for setting goals, project management, citation methods, Excel computing, math skills, professional writing, and more.

These workshops carry no academic credit, are not graded, and will not appear on your transcript, though you can register for them in Albert just as you would any course. Note that once you register on Albert, attendance is mandatory.

Dates, times, and course numbers may be found by searching for NONCR-GP (non-credit workshops) in the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service section of NYU Albert's course search. See Step 6 of this guide for Albert enrollment instructions.

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