New Student Retreat

The New Student Retreat—required for all incoming master’s students—is our signature orientation event. At the virtual retreat, you'll begin to develop academic and professional skills that will be critical to your success during your time at NYU Wagner, as well as to connect you with your future peers, faculty, and staff.

Monday, January 25 - Tuesday, January 26


Incoming students are required to attend two, three-hour virtual events: one event on Monday and another event on Tuesday. Please register for all required orientation events in the Orientation Over Time section of the Getting Started Guide.

Monday, January 25

6:30pm–9:30pm ET

6:30–6:45pm                     Welcome to Wagner
6:45–7:30pm Sharing Our Passion for Public Service
7:30–7:45pm Break
7:45–9:15pm Identity and Diversity in Public Service
9:15–9:30pm The Wagner Community


Tuesday, January 26

6:30–9:30pm ET

6:30–7:30pm                     The Importance of Teamwork
7:30–7:45pm Break
7:45–9:15pm Introduction to Case Analysis
9:15–9:30pm Retreat Wrap-up


Both retreat sessions will be highly interactive and, as a result, they will not be recorded.

New Student Retreat


Facilitated modules are designed to help you hone skills in team work, case analysis, and the importance of identity and diversity in public service. You'll learn more about what to expect inside and outside of the classroom and how to conduct yourself with integrity in the context of an academic and professional community. 



You'll build a diverse and multi-dimensional community at the retreat, with access to faculty, administrators, and peers. And you'll get a glimpse at the many ways the NYU Wagner community will inspire you and support your academic, personal, and career growth.



New Student Retreat 2


A commitment to public service is at the core of NYU Wagner's mission. During the New Student Retreat, you'll reflect on your choice to attend graduate school at NYU, discuss your motivations for pursuing a public service career, and refine your intentions for your time at Wagner.



Over the years, we have come to understand how critical the New Student Retreat is to each student's overall experience at Wagner and their readiness to start the program. The retreat is therefore required for all new masters students.