JD Admissions


NYU School of Law offers dual-degree programs leading to a Juris Doctor (JD) and either a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy or Master of Urban Planning (MUP). Students can pursue a JD/MPA or a JD/MUP 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, and nonprofit institutions as well as private organizations making a public service impact.  With foundational training in management and leadership, public policy, quantitative analysis, and financial management, 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 JD degree. Likewise, NYU Wagner applies twelve credits from NYU School of Law toward the MPA or MUP. The MPA and MUP programs each consist of 45 credits. Dual-degree students need only earn 33 credits at Wagner towards the MPA or MUP, given the transfer of twelve credits from JD coursework.

NYU Wagner's degree core requirement include five courses:

●    CORE-GP 1011 Statistical Methods
●    CORE-GP 1018 Microeconomics
●    CORE-GP 1020 Management & Leadership
●    CORE-GP 1021 Financial Management
●    CORE-GP 1022 Introduction to Public Policy (MPA program) or URPL-GP 2660 History and Theory of Planning (MUP program)

The students in the MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy (PNP) program choose one of six areas of specialization: Advocacy and Political Action, Financial Management and Public Finance, International Development Policy and Management, Management and Leadership, Public Policy Analysis, and Social Impact, Innovation, and Investment.

The students in the MUP degree program complete the MUP core courses and choose one of two specializations: City and Community Planning or International Development Planning. 

Students usually complete both degrees in four years.

As a graduation requirement, students must complete an end event, the year-long Capstone project and course. Over one academic year, students work in Capstone 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. In limited circumstances, students may apply to the School of Law during the first year at Wagner provided that there are at least 12 credits of Wagner coursework (excluding Capstone) deferred to the fourth year. Applicants applying to both schools simultaneously may apply to the law school and complete the MPA/MUP application including the submission of all required materials. 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 of Academic Services and Registration at the School of Law (law.acadservices@nyu.edu or 212-998-6020), to discuss items regarding academics or the JD program. For questions regarding admission to the JD program, please contact the Office of JD Admissions at law.moreinfo@nyu.edu or (212) 998-6060.

Students with specific questions about the MPA or MUP degree program at the Wagner School should visit the Wagner website or contact Scott Statland, Associate Director, Advisement & Student Services (scott.statland@nyu.edu, (212) 992-8717).

For information about applying to the MPA or MUP programs, visit the Wagner Admissions website and contact wagner.admissions@nyu.edu or (212) 998-7414 with any questions.