Accelerated BA-MPA and BA-MUP Programs (CAS-Wagner)

OVERVIEW

New York University offers students the opportunity to simultaneously pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the College of Arts and Science and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Urban Planning (MUP) from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Students admitted to the BA-MPA or BA-MUP program can, with careful planning, earn both degrees in a shortened time and at less cost than is normally the case. This program combines the benefits of a broad liberal arts education at the undergraduate level with a professional education at the graduate level.  

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION (BA-MPA)

CAS undergraduates in any major may submit a pre-application for the BA-MPA program (see "Application Process" below for eligibility requirements and guidelines). Students choose between Wagner’s Public and Nonprofit Policy and Management program and the Health Policy and Management program and then further specialize within each program. Students may complete a maximum 28 of the 60 credits for the MPA while they are still undergraduates. These 28 credits may be a combination of Wagner graduate and undergraduate courses or their CAS equivalents (see table below); students must earn a B or better in all Wagner or equivalent courses in order for these to be applied to the MPA. BA-MPA students must complete all requirements of their major as well as College-wide requirements prior to matriculating at Wagner.  

The MPA consists of 60 credits, including 20 credits of a school-wide core curriculum (listed in the table below), 20-28 credits of specialization coursework (depending on program and specialization), 8-16 credits of electives, and a 4-credit Capstone end event. In addition, those students entering Wagner with less than two years of full-time, relevant work experience must complete the Professional Experience Requirement, which consists of 280 to 560 hours of approved relevant field experience. BA-MPA students who formally apply and are admitted to the MPA program may choose or be asked to defer admission for up to two years in order to gain critical professional experience in the field.

Wagner MPA Core Courses and their Equivalents

CORE-GP 1011 Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management

- OR-

ECON-UA 18 Statistics, OR
CORE-UA 105 QR: Elementary Statistics, OR
POL-UA 800 Quant. Methods in Pol. Sci., OR
PSYCH-UA 10 Statistics for Behav. Sci., OR
SOC-UA 302 Statistics for Social Research

CORE-GP 1018 Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis




- OR -

ECON-UA 2 & 1 Intro to Micro & Macro, OR
ECON-UA 10 Microeconomics

CORE-GP 1020 Managing Public Service Organizations
BA-MPA students are strongly encouraged to take this undergraduate course (UPADM-GP 103).

- OR -

UPADM-GP 103 Introduction to Managing Public Service Organizations



CORE-GP 1021 Financial Management

 

No equivalent
CORE-GP 1022 Introduction to Public Policy
BA-MPA students are strongly encouraged to take the undergraduate version of this course (UPADM-GP 101) or a CAS equivalent.

- OR -

UPADM-GP 101 Politics of Public Policy, OR
POL-UA 300 Power and Politics in America, OR
POL-UA 306 Public Policy, OR
POL-UA 354 Politics of Administrative Law, OR
SCA-UA 610 Law and Urban Problems


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION (BA-MUP)
CAS undergraduates in one of six majors are eligible to submit a pre-application for the BA-MUP program; the majors are Economics, International Relations, Metropolitan Studies, Politics, Sociology, and Urban Design and Architecture
(see "Application Process" below for eligibility requirements and guidelines). Students select an area of specialization within the Urban Planning program. Students may complete a maximum 28 of the 60 credits required for the MUP while they are still undergraduates. These 28 credits may be a combination of Wagner graduate courses or their CAS equivalents (see table below). Students must earn a grade of B or better in all Wagner or equivalent courses in order for these to be applied to the MUP. BA-MUP students must complete all requirements of their major as well as College-wide requirements for the BA prior to matriculating at Wagner.  

The MUP consists of 60 credits, including 16 credits of a school-wide core curriculum (listed in the table below; note that MUP students take the Urban Planning Core Course, URPL-GP 2660 History & Theory of Urban Planning, rather than the fifth school-wide core course, CORE-GP 1022 Introduction to Public Policy), 20 credits of the Urban Planning core (five courses), 20 credits of electives, and a 4-credit Capstone end event. In addition, those students entering Wagner with less than two years of full-time, relevant work experience must complete the Professional Experience Requirement, which consists of 280 to 560 hours of approved relevant field experience. BA-MPA students who formally apply and are admitted to the MPA program may choose or be asked to defer admission for up to two years in order to gain critical professional experience in the field.

Wagner MUP Core Courses and their Equivalents

CORE-GP 1011 Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management

- OR-

ECON-UA 18 Statistics, OR
CORE-UA 105 QR: Elementary Statistics, OR
POL-UA 800 Quant. Methods in Pol. Sci., OR
PSYCH-UA 10 Statistics for Behav. Sci., OR
SOC-UA 302 Statistics for Social Research



 

CORE-GP 1018 Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis




- OR -

ECON-UA 2 & 1 Intro to Micro & Macro, OR
ECON-UA 10 Microeconomics


CORE-GP 1020 Managing Public Service Organizations
BA-MUP students are strongly encouraged to take this undergraduate course (UPADM-GP 103).

- OR -

UPADM-GP 103 Introduction to Managing Public Service Organizations

CORE-GP 1021 Financial Management

 

No equivalent
URPL-GP 2660 History and Theory of Planning


No equivalent


ADMISSIONS
The application process for either program consists of two parts:

1) A Pre-Application to the BA-MPA or BA-MUP Track

Priority Pre-Application Deadlines: October 19 in Fall 2015 and March 21 in Spring 2016. Pre-applications are accepted on a rolling basis after these dates, but students who apply by the deadlines are included in a first batch of application review and will receive their admission decisions prior to enrollment for the upcoming term.

To be eligible, CAS students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and must have completed at least 48 credits towards the BA degree (transfer students must have completed at least one semester in the College). To apply, CAS students must submit:


a. The online pre-application form
b. A one-page statement of purpose that describes:
   >your reasons for wanting to pursue graduate study
   >the specific issues/ideas you want to study in the graduate program
   >relevant academic, extracurricular, and/or professional experiences that have prepared you for graduate study
   >how a Master's from Wagner would support your overall academic/professional goals

Please send your personal statement as a PDF attachment to cas-wagner-group@nyu.edu by the application deadline. Please title your email and the attached PDF file as follows: [Lastname,Firstname]_Statement (e.g., Doe,John_Statement).
It is not necessary to write a message in the body of the email.

2) A Formal Application to Wagner

For formal admission to Wagner, CAS seniors must also submit the Wagner graduate application prior to graduating from CAS, preferably in the fall of their senior year. Admission to the BA-MPA or BA-MUP track does not guarantee admission to Wagner. Wagner’s admissions process seeks to identify individuals who have a demonstrated potential for public service leadership through both relevant coursework and extracurricular work experience.

Applications received by the application deadline will be given complete consideration by the Wagner Admissions Committee. All components of the application including the personal statement, resume, NYU transcript, and letters of recommendation must be received before the application package is considered complete for review. Note: the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is recommended, but not required. For more information, please visit the Wagner admissions website.

If admitted to Wagner, BA-MPA/MUP students may choose or be asked to defer admission for up to two years in order to gain critical professional experience in the field.

ADVISING

For initial advising and pre-application information, please consult with a Bachelor's-Master's program advisor during one of our walk-in hours (schedule here) or by appointment (request via this form). Students may also email questions to cas-wagner-group@nyu.edu.

For advising on Wagner course selection and the graduate application, please contact Deb Cabrera, Director of Student Services (dac267@nyu.edu; The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Floor).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

When should I apply to the program?
Students are encouraged to apply to the program as early as possible after earning their 48th credit (transfer students must complete at least one semester in the College). This will allow them to work with advisers in CAS and Wagner to plan their remaining coursework and prepare for their formal application to Wagner in their senior year. Students must be admitted to the BA-MPA or BA-MUP track prior to graduation from the College in order to have their undergraduate coursework count towards their Wagner degree.

Where can I find a list of specializations?

Specializations for the MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy are available HERE
Specializations for the MPA in Health Policy and Management are available HERE
Specialization for the MUP are available HERE

I'm interested in the BA-MUP Program but am not majoring in one of the approved majors. Can I still apply?
No. Eligibility for the BA-MUP program is restricted to Economics, International Relations, Metropolitan Studies, Politics, Sociology, and Urban Design majors only. CAS students in any major may apply to the BA-MPA Program.

Can I pursue both a cross-school minor and the  BA-MPA or BA-MUP Program?
While CAS students are not prohibited from pursuing a cross-school minor in addition to the BA/MPA, they should understand that all courses taken outside of CAS, including those for the minor and the MPA, will count towards the 16-credit limit on coursework done outside of CAS (non-UA credits). In most cases, pursuing a cross-school minor will limit your ability to take graduate-level coursework in Wagner while a CAS student.  Additionally, with the exception of UPADM-GP 101 The Politics of Public Policy, few of the undergraduate courses in Wagner that count toward the various public policy minors will also count towards the MPA degree.

How do I register for graduate-level courses in Wagner?
Students who wish to register for graduate-level courses in Wagner will need to contact Debra Cabrera early in the registration process in order to be added to the course.  When requesting access to a graduate level course, please provide your name, ID number ("N" number), the name, course number, section, and five-digit call number of the course, as well as your registration appointment time.  Please note that for the two core courses with Wagner undergraduate equivalents (CORE-GP 1020 Managing Public Service Organizations AND CORE-GP 1022 Introduction to Public Policy), CAS students are required to register for the undergraduate version of the course.