Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Parent institution
New York University
Academic affiliation
DeanSherry Glied
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The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service is the public policy school of New York University in New York City, New York. The school is named after New York City former mayor Robert F. Wagner Jr. in 1989.[1]


The Puck Building- Home of NYU Wagner

In 1938, NYU offered its first Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in response to overfilled public service-oriented classes at the university. Fifteen years later, NYU established a stand-alone school—the School for Public Service and Social Work.[2] At around the same time, Robert Ferdinand Wagner Jr., as Mayor of New York City, worked to build public housing and schools, and established the right for city employees to collectively bargain. Wagner also made housing discrimination based on race, creed, or color illegal in New York City.[3] In 1989, NYU renamed the school the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in honor of the three-term mayor after receiving a major donation from Marshall Manley, Ray Chambers, and Walter Annenberg.[4]

In 2004, NYU Wagner relocated to the Puck Building, a New York City landmark in the city's SoHo neighborhood.[5]


The school offers the following degrees:

NYU Wagner also offers joint degree programs with the NYU School of Law, NYU Stern School of Business, NYU School of Medicine, the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, the NYU College of Arts and Science, and the NYU College of Global Public Health.

The school operates several research centers, institutes, and initiatives.


In addition to offerings in the NYU Wagner course listings, students are eligible to cross-register for many courses at the other graduate and professional schools at NYU.

NYU Wagner offers the following Undergraduate Minors in partnership with several New York University schools:

Combined Bachelor's and master's degree programs at NYU Wagner allow students to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years instead of the traditional six. Combined dual-degree BA-MPA programs include:

The BA-MUP with the College of Arts and Science allows New York University undergraduates majoring in Economics, International Relations, Metropolitan Studies, Politics, Sociology, or Urban Design and Architecture who have completed most of their undergraduate degrees to take graduate courses and receive the Master's in Urban Planning.

The BA-MUP with the NYU Tandon School of Engineering allows New York University Tandon undergraduates majoring in Sustainable Urban Environments, Construction Management, or Civil Engineering who have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher to take graduate courses and receive the Master's in Urban Planning.

Capstone Project

All MPA and MUP students are required to complete a team-based Capstone project where they turn their classroom learning into practice to help nonprofit, public, and private sector organizations tackle a critical challenge.

Notable current and former NYU Wagner faculty

Notable NYU Wagner Alumni

For a comprehensive list of NYU Wagner and New York University alumni, please refer to the List of New York University People.


  1. ^ "N.Y.U. Names School for Ex-Mayor Wagner". The New York Times. Associated Press. 1989-09-26. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-01-22.
  2. ^ "Our History | NYU Wagner". Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  3. ^ Clarity, James F. (1991-02-13). "Robert Wagner, 80, Pivotal New York Mayor, Dies". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
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  5. ^ Dunlap, David W. (2003-06-22). "POSTINGS: 2 Floors for Wagner Graduate School; N.Y.U. Leases 3 Floors at Puck Building". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  6. ^ "Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, MPA". Aging In New York Fund. Retrieved 2021-10-05.
  7. ^ "Long Island Hires and Promotions". Retrieved 2019-01-21.

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