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B.A./M.P.A. Dual Degree FAQ

The Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service have created a dual-degree program to enable students to earn both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Gallatin's Individualized Major and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in either Wagner's Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy Program (PNP), or its Health Policy and Management Program (HPAM) in less time than it would take to complete the programs separately. This dual degree is designed for students with a strong commitment to public leadership, and will allow such students to enhance and focus their opportunities for learning, while helping them to build a meaningful career in public service. 

Taken separately, a student would need to complete 188 credits to earn both degrees in four years of study at Gallatin and two years of study at Wagner. The BA-MPA dual degree will allow a Gallatin student to complete both degrees in as few as 160 credits. The dual degree permits Gallatin students to accelerate their progress toward the MPA by earning a maximum of 28 credits toward the Wagner MPA as part of their Gallatin program and BA. Through the BA-MPA dual degree, a Gallatin student could complete both degrees in as few as five years of study.

Gallatin students may complete a maximum of 28 of the 60 credits required for the Wagner MPA while still working on the BA. (Note that 28 credits is a maximum. You may take fewer than 28 credits, but this will likely result in a less accelerated timeline toward completion of the dual degree.) These 28 credits typically comprise five Wagner core courses, and two courses chosen from your anticipated area of specialization. Only courses in which students earn a B or better will count toward the MPA degree. See below for specific course information.

1. Statistical Methods (CORE-GP 1011)

2. Microeconomics (CORE-GP 1018)

3. Managing Public Service Organizations (CORE-GP 1020)

4. Financial Management (CORE-GP 1021)

5. Introduction to Public Policy (CORE-GP 1022) 

Yes. Please see the course equivalency chart. (Only courses in which students earn a B or better will count toward the MPA degree.) 

Students in the Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy Program (PNP) may specialize in the following:

 

  • Management
  • Public Policy
  • Finance
  • International

 

Students in the Health Policy and Management Program (HPAM) may specialize in the following:

 

  • Health Services Management
  • Health Policy Analysis
  • Health Finance
  • International Health
     

Gallatin students participating in the BA-MPA dual degree are granted the opportunity to enroll in graduate coursework before completing the undergraduate degree, but this does not guarantee outright acceptance into the Wagner MPA program. If you wish to pursue the MPA degree, you must also complete a regular Wagner MPA Application for Admission during your senior year at Gallatin. Keep in mind that you will be expected to meet the same admissions standards as other Wagner applicants, which include strong academic qualifications and the equivalent of at least one year of relevant professional experience (i.e., internships, volunteer work, part-time jobs). Further, before matriculating in the Wagner School and after completing the BA degree in Gallatin, students admitted to Wagner's MPA program are required to complete at least one additional year of full-time professional experience relevant to their anticipated field of study for the Master of Public Administration degree. In short, Gallatin BA-MPA students must defer starting their MPA by at least one year after graduating from Gallatin. 

Wagner's admissions process seeks to identify individuals who have demonstrated potential for public service leadership through both relevant coursework and extracurricular work experience. Be aware that admission to any graduate program requires academic excellence and demonstrated commitment to your area of study. 

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. 

t 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 (wagner.undergraduate@nyu.edu) to find out more information or if you have another course in mind. 

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.

1. 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 debra.cabrera@nyu.edu
  • Pamela Kavalam, Student Services Administrator pamela.kavalam@nyu.edu

2. All students should discuss their plan to participate in the dual degree with their Gallatin faculty adviser.

3. 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).

  1. 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.
  2. You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 with no outstanding incomplete grades.
  3. 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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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 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.)

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. 

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. 

  • Debra Cabrera, Director of Student Services debra.cabrera@nyu.edu
  • Pamela Kavalam, Student Services Administrator pamela.kavalam@nyu.edu

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