Are there any recommended courses for me to take before I am eligible to participate in the dual degree?
First-year and sophomore students should consider taking P11.0022 The Politics of Public Policy to get a broad sense of Wagner. This course is also part of the equivalency agreement explained above in the BA-MPA Equivalency Chart. However, students need not take the course to be eligible to participate in the dual degree. For juniors and seniors with internship and/or work experience, P11.0011 Introduction to Managing Public Service Organizations is recommended.
Do courses that count towards the undergraduate minor at Wagner also count towards the MPA?
It depends on the course. If the course is an undergraduate equivalent to a graduate core or specialization course, it can be counted. P11.0022 The Politics of Public Policy and P11.0011 Introduction to Managing Public Service Organizations count towards specific minors as well as the MPA degree. Contact Wagner Undergraduate Programs (email@example.com) to find out more information or if you have another course in mind.
If I take graduate courses at Wagner before I have been accepted into the BA-MPA dual degree, will they be counted towards the degree?
You are welcome to take Wagner graduate courses prior to applying to the BA-MPA dual degree as they may help you decide whether to apply. Eligible courses (courses that count as core or specialization courses) can be counted towards the MPA degree after you are successfully admitted to Wagner.
I'm ready to apply to the BA-MPA dual degree. How do I start?
- Interested students should contact one of the Wagner representatives below to investigate the specifics of the program and to make sure this is the correct program for them:
- Debra Cabrera, Director of Student Services firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pamela Kavalam, Student Services Administrator email@example.com
- All students should discuss their plan to participate in the dual degree with their Gallatin faculty adviser.
- After completing 72 credits toward the BA, students should complete the Gallatin-Wagner BA-MPA Dual Degree Pre-Application, which includes a one-page Statement of Purpose, and which also requires the faculty adviser's approval. (In the senior year, students must also apply for admission to the Wagner MPA program (see below).)
What are the eligibility requirements for applying to the dual degree?
- You must have completed a total of 72 credits toward the BA, and 32 of these credits must have been completed while matriculated at Gallatin.
- You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 with no outstanding incomplete grades.
- You must write a one-page (single-spaced) Statement of Purpose, describing your interest in the BA-MPA dual degree and how you see this program fitting with your overall academic and career goals.
What is the deadline for submitting the Gallatin-Wagner BA-MPA Dual Degree Pre-Application?
Pre-applications are accepted twice a year, once in the fall semester and once in the spring semester. The fall deadline is October 1st, and the spring deadline is March 1st.
I understand that I need to apply for admission to the Wagner MPA program when I reach my senior year. How do I go about doing that?
Students who wish to pursue the Wagner MPA must complete the Wagner MPA Application for Admission, available at http://wagner.nyu.edu/admissions/. This application must be submitted before you graduate from Gallatin's B.A. program. Wagner Admissions strongly recommends that candidates apply by the scholarship deadline for full consideration.
What kind of professional experience do I need for admission to the Wagner MPA program?
Prior to applying to the MPA portion of the BA-MPA program, students are expected to acquire the equivalent of at least one year of professional experience relevant to their intended path in public service. This should be accomplished through internships, volunteer work, and part-time jobs while still enrolled in the Gallatin BA program.
I understand that I must complete an additional year of full-time professional experience before matriculating at Wagner. Can I get assistance in fulfilling this requirement?
After completing the BA degree in Gallatin but before matriculating at Wagner as a graduate student, BA-MPA students will be expected to acquire at least one additional year of full-time professional experience relevant to their anticipated field of study. After being accepted by Wagner, BA-MPA students will have full access to the services offered by Wagner's Office of Career Services including individual advisement sessions, a wide variety of career-related events and programming, and Wagner's extensive Career Directory, an on-line database of internship, fellowship, and job postings, as well as a database of employers in government, nonprofits, health care organizations, urban planning agencies, international programs, academic institutions and private companies with a public sector focus. Additionally, students are encouraged to utilize the assortment of services offered through NYU's Wasserman Center for Career Development throughout their undergraduate program.
Since I need to fulfill a year of full-time professional experience relevant to my anticipated field of study before matriculating at Wagner, how will this affect my admission?
Since you must acquire a year of full-time professional experience relevant to your anticipated field of study before matriculating at Wagner, you will have to defer your admission for one year, or two semesters. There is a $500 fee to defer admission, but this fee is credited back your account and is applied to your first semester of tuition and fees. (There is also a $500 deposit charge, which is also credited back to your account and is applied to your first semester of tuition and fees.)
Will financial aid from Gallatin carry over past completion of the B.A. degree?
No. You must apply for financial aid for the MPA degree separately. Applications received by the Wagner scholarship deadline in early January will be given complete consideration for merit-based scholarships by the Wagner Admissions Committee. You must also submit your FAFSA form and contact NYU's Office of Financial Aid to discuss loans and other forms of government and private financial aid.
What if I want to earn a Masters of Urban Planning from Wagner? Is there a dual degree for that?
No. The dual degree is only for completion of an MPA, although MPA students may take Urban Planning courses as part of their elective credits at Wagner.
I still have questions. Where can I get more information?
Debra Cabrera, Director of Student Services firstname.lastname@example.org
Pamela Kavalam, Student Services Administrator email@example.com
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