J.D. Admissions

J.D./M.P.A. or M.U.P.

NYU School of Law offers dual-degree programs leading to a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and either a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) or Master of Urban Planning (M.U.P.). Students can pursue a J.D./M.P.A. or a J.D./M.U.P. with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU.

The program at NYU Wagner prepares students to become future leaders of public, nonprofit, and health institutions as well as private organizations serving the public sector. Trained in management, policy, and finance, NYU Wagner students graduate with the skills needed to confront society's most pressing problems.

NYU School of Law applies twelve credits from Wagner toward the J.D. degree. Likewise, NYU Wagner applies sixteen credits from NYU School of Law toward the M.P.A. or M.U.P. The M.P.A. and M.U.P. programs each consist of 60 credits.

NYU Wagner's School-Wide core requirement includes five courses:

  • Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit and Health Management (plus Laboratory)
  • Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning and Analysis (plus Discussion)
  • Managing Public Service Organizations (plus Discussion)
  • Financial Management for Public, Nonprofit and Health Organizations (plus Discussion)
  • Introduction to Public Policy (M.P.A. program), or History and Theory of Planning (M.U.P. program)

The students in the M.P.A. Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy (PNP) program choose one of four areas of specialization: Public Policy Analysis, Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, Finance, International Policy and Management.

The students in the M.U.P. degree program complete the M.U.P. core courses and choose one of two clusters: Environment, Infrastructure and Transportation or Economic Development and Housing; or the International Development Planning specialization.

Students usually complete both degrees in four years.

As a graduation requirement, students must complete an end event, the year-long Capstone course. Over the course of an academic year, students in Capstone work in teams with faculty oversight to address challenges and identify opportunities for a client organization or to conduct research on a pressing social question. Capstone begins during the final fall semester.

Students must be admitted to both schools independently. Applications may be filed simultaneously before enrolling at either school, or during the first year while at the School of Law. Applicants applying to both schools simultaneously may apply to the law school and complete the MPA Application Supplement. Students spend the first two years at the School of Law, the third year at Wagner, and the fourth year is comprised of Wagner and Law courses. Students are registered through the School of Law for a total of five semesters and through Wagner for three semesters.

Students interested in the program, and those already enrolled, are invited to contact Amy Chu, Senior Director, Academic Services and Registration (acadservices@exchange.law.nyu.edu or 212-998-6020) to discuss their options.

Students with specific questions about the M.P.A. or M.U.P. degree program at the Wagner School should visit the Wagner website or contact Lola Odunsi, Assistant Director, Executive MPA and Dual-Degree Programs at lola.odunsi@nyu.edu or 212-992-8717.

For information about applying to the M.P.A. or M.U.P. programs contact:

Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
New York University
Office of Admissions
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-7414

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