“Public service is the highest good, and, when done honorably and well, the most rewarding.”
Robert F. Wagner, Mayor of New York City 1953-1965
NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service prepares public service leaders to translate ideas into actions that have an effective and lasting impact on the public good. Our faculty’s research changes the way people frame, understand, and act on important public issues. We provide our students with critical skills, access to all that New York City has to offer, and a deep understanding of context surrounding public service challenges—which they use to improve cities and communities across the globe.
Since 1938, NYU Wagner has been educating the world’s future public service leaders. We offer a Master of Public Administration in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy, Master of Public Administration in Health Policy & Management, Master of Urban Planning, Master of Health Administration, Master of Science in Public Policy, Executive Master of Public Administration, and PhD in Public Administration.
NYU Wagner is ranked 9th nationally among all schools of public affairs. We are also ranked:
- #1 in Urban Policy
- #2 in Health Policy & Management
- #5 in Public Finance & Budgeting
- #7 in Nonprofit Management
- #11 in Social Policy
- #14 in Public Policy Analysis
- #13 in Local Government Management
- #18 in Public Management and Leadership
Students arrive at NYU Wagner from over 30 different countries around the world and bring professional experience from every sector of public service. While here, they explore internships, engage with research centers, and get involved in one of our 24 student groups.
Areas of Impact
The NYU Wagner community makes an impact in every area of public service.
Cities: As the world's urban population grows rapidly, we are faced with increasing challenges—and opportunities.
Education: Successfully educating our next generation is key to our success as a society. But how do we do it well?
Finance: Public service organizations are driven by the greater good, but can't make an impact without sound financial management.
Government: Now more than ever, we look to government to be innovative, effective, and forward-thinking.
Health: In today's complex healthcare system, we need to balance cost, quality, and access.
Housing: Our changing neighborhoods requires changing how we provide affordable, accessible, and secure housing.
Inequality, Race, and Poverty: How do we address issues of inequality for today—and generations to come?
International Development: Creating meaningful and sustainable impact in international development is complex, evolving, and nuanced.
Leadership: Collective leadership—as opposed to individual—is transforming the concept of leadership.
Nonprofits: Nonprofit leadership requires more than just good intentions—it also requires accountability, transparency, and performance.
Social Innovation: Finding solutions to today's issues requires creativity, persistence, innovation, and the right tools and methods.
Transportation: Transportation is key to quality of life, but growing cities create growing challenges that we must address.