Registration Checklist

January Term 2021 registration INFORMATION

Registration January Term 2021 begins on Monday, October 19. January Term 2021 courses are viewable in the Albert Course Search as of Thursday, September 24.

Given the intensive nature of January courses, the maximum credit load for January is 3 credits.


Note about Federal Financial Aid for for January Term:
Federal Direct Loans are available for January Term enrollment. Credits for eligibility are based on the combined total credits between January Term and the spring term: you must be enrolled in a minimum of 4.5 credits between the two terms to be eligible. If you are enrolling in the January 2021 term but not the Spring 2021 term, you should email wagner.studentservices@nyu.ed for advisement. If you are interested in federal financial aid for the January Term, you must have a valid FAFSA on file and be otherwise eligible. Once registered, it is important to email

Note about Wagner Scholarship for January Term:
As stated in your scholarship letter, Wagner scholarships do not apply to the January term.

Spring 2021 Registration Checklist

Registration for Spring 2021 begins on Monday, December 7. Spring 2021 courses should be viewable in the Albert Course Search on Thursday, November 12.

In order to be prepared for the start of registration, please follow these steps:


  1. Verify your Expected Graduation Term in your Albert Student Center under the "Academics" tab. If the term is incorrect, please follow the easy instructions on the Registrar's website to update your record immediately. (And no later than November 13)
  2. Check your Albert Student Center for any HOLDS, and resolve them immediately. [But see the PER section below if you are MPA or MUP.]
  3. Check your Enrollment Appointment under "Enrollment Dates" on the main landing page of your Albert Student Center.
  4. Reach out to your Student Services Program Advisor now for an appointment to discuss your academic plans.
  5. MPA-PNP, MPA-Health, MUP: Register for the Faculty Group Advisement Session on Thursday, November 19 at 5:15pm EST for advisement with faculty from your program. [Your faculty advisor is listed on the "Academics" page of your Albert Student Center.]
  6. Review specialization requirements, as well as course and Capstone prerequisites, on your Program Requirement Checksheet.


  1. Read the instructions for the Weighted Course Lottery.
  2. Read the Course Highlights for information about new courses, new instructors, courses that require an application, intensive courses, courses on a new meeting pattern, and courses without prerequisites.
  3. Review the Registrar's Student Training pages to refresh your memory about using Albert.
  4. Check Albert Public Course Search for the most up-to-date details on meeting dates, times, and classrooms. [Albert is subject to change so check for updates regularly!]
  5. Remember that you need to use the unique four- or five-digit Albert Class Number to register for a specific course section (not the digits of the course catalog number, e.g. not the "1011" of CORE-GP 1011).
  6. Prerequisites matter! Prerequisites MUST be taken prior to advanced courses. They are listed at the bottom of the course description for each course.
  7. Consider free non-credit workshops and modules, such as Math Review.
  8. If considering courses outside Wagner, read through the policies and cross-registration instructions now. If the course you are interested in isn't on the pre-approved electives list, you must obtain course approval from faculty well in advance of registering! It can take up to 4-6 weeks for petitions to be reviewed.


  1. Contact Student Services if you have general registration and advisement questions. Visit faculty for academic advisement to help shape your specialization and elective courses toward academic and professional goals.
  2. If you are changing your enrollment status (full-time/part-time) next semester or need an equivalency, review the procedures so your financial aid eligibility isn't impacted.
  3. Review the Tuition/Bursar Payment Schedule and familiarize yourself with the add/drop and refund dates on the Spring 2021 Academic Calendar.


  1. If you are currently in Capstone, you will be manually registered for the Spring section of Capstone by December 11.
  2. If you are planning on starting Capstone in Fall 2021, be certain to register for the prerequisites that you will need to be eligible! Prerequisites for your specialization can be found on your Program Requirement Checksheet.

Note about PER "holds":

All MPA-PNP, MPA-Health, and MUP Students will see the "WPR-PER" service indicator under HOLDS to show their PER status (required, waived, or completed). Any PER indicator will not affect your ability to register. Visit the PER website for other details.