Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
|New York University|
|Location||New York City, New York, US|
The New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (NYU Wagner, Wagner) is a public policy school that offers a comprehensive curriculum in public and nonprofit policy and management.
Established in 1938 as the Graduate School of Public Administration, the school was named for the three-term New York City mayor Robert Ferdinand Wagner, Jr. in 1989 after receiving a major donation from the Wagner family. In 2004 Wagner relocated to the Puck Building, a famous New York City landmark in the city's SoHo neighborhood. In 2005, the school opened the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress.
The school offers the following degrees:
- Master of Public Administration (MPA) in public and nonprofit management and policy
- Master of Public Administration in health policy and management
- Master of Urban Planning (MUP)
- Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in public administration
NYU Wagner is ranked eleventh nationally in the most recent U.S. News and World Report ranking of U.S. Public Affairs schools. In addition, NYU Wagner is ranked #2 in City Management, #2 in Health Policy and Management, #5 in Nonprofit Management, #7 in Public Finance and Budgeting, #8 in Social Policy, and #9 in Public Management and Administration.  In 2015, NYU Wagner was ranked third in the Innovative Public Service school list by the Best Value Schools.
The school operates several research centers:
- Berman Jewish Policy Archive
- Center for Health and Public Service Research
- Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy
- The Governance Lab (the GovLab), an action research center aimed at improving people's lives by changing how we govern using advances in technology and sciences.
- Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems
- Institute for Education and Social Policy
- John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress
- Research Center for Leadership in Action
- Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management
- Taub Urban Research Center
Programs - The Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy prepares students with a set of frameworks and analytics that will serve them in many roles, organizations, and sectors. Students who pursue this track focus in one of the following specializations:
- International Policy and Management
NYU Wagner's Health Policy and Management program has been recognized as one of the best in the country. The program focuses on management, finance, and policy providing students with the cutting-edge concepts and skills needed to shape the future of health policy and management.
The Master of Urban Planning program prepares students to confront critical urban challenges. Students learn to balance development, community needs and social justice, provision of critical public services, sustainability, and security. Specializations include:
- Environment, Infrastructure, and Transportation
- Economic Development and Housing
- International Development
In addition to offerings in the NYU Wagner course listings, students are eligible to cross-register for many courses at the other graduate and professional schools at NYU.
Capstone Project - All MPA and MUP students are required to complete a year-long, team-based Capstone project, where they apply theory with practice for a client organization or conduct research on a social issue. Capstone projects, which are local, national, and international in focus, are supervised by faculty members, and they provide students with full immersion on a specific content or issue area. The projects enhance key process skills such as project management and teamwork and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting on data. Students undertake projects for a variety of nonprofit organizations, foundations, research institutes, and private sector organizations to develop comprehensive solutions for real-world organizational or functional issues.
Notable current and former NYU Wagner faculty
- Alan Altshuler, Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation (1972–75)
- Doug Band
- Jorge Castañeda
- Dalton Conley
- Harold Ford Jr.
- Gara LaMarche
- Jacob Lew
- Timothy Naftali
- Jonathan Morduch
- Robert Shrum
- Zachary Townsend, the inaugural Chief Data Officer of California
For a comprehensive list of NYU Wagner alumni, please refer to the List of New York University People.