Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

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NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
NYU Wagner Logo.jpg
Type Private
Established 1938
Parent institution
New York University
Dean Sherry Glied
Postgraduates 800+
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.


The Puck Building- Home of NYU Wagner

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:

NYU Wagner also offers joint degree programs with the NYU School of Law, Stern School of Business, NYU School of Medicine, Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, and other units at NYU.

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. [1] 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:

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:

  • Policy
  • Management
  • Finance
  • 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[edit]


For a comprehensive list of NYU Wagner alumni, please refer to the List of New York University People.


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Coordinates: 40°43′29″N 73°59′44″W / 40.72472°N 73.99550°W / 40.72472; -73.99550