BA-MPA Program

NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service offers a dual degree program to enable students to earn the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees in less time than it would take to complete the programs separately.

NYUAD students can accelerate their progress by earning up to 28 course credits toward the Wagner M.P.A. as part of their undergraduate studies. These 28 credits typically comprise five courses, as detailed below, and up to two courses chosen from the student’s anticipated area of concentration. While completing the BA degree at NYUAD, students in the dual degree program may complete 280 hours of approved field experience, per Wagner's Professional Experience Requirement.

The field experience will be available to students in Abu Dhabi or in New York during the summers (or in January term) of their junior and senior years and during their fifth year of study in NYC. Admission to the dual-degree program is open to students who have completed 64 credits toward the BA degree, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Applicants must also complete a regular Wagner MPA application during the junior year at NYUAD.

After matriculating in the Wagner School, students are expected to acquire at least one more year (280 hours, per Wagner’s Professional Experience Requirement) of full-time professional experience relevant to their anticipated field of study for the Master of Public Administration degree.

In order to fulfill the Professional Experience Requirement, students in the BA–MPA will have full access to the services offered by Wagner’s Office of Career Services, including individual advisement sessions, a wide variety of career-related events and programming, and Wagner’s extensive Career Directory, an on-line database of internship, fellowship, and job postings, as well as a database of employers in government, nonprofits, health care organizations, urban planning agencies, international programs, academic institutions, and private companies with a public sector focus. Additionally, students are encouraged to utilize the assortment of services offered through NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development.

NYUAD undergraduates enrolled in the dual-degree program will be expected to complete all of the existing requirements for the BA degree, including the 144 course credit degree requirement. To be considered for the dual-degree program, students are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0, which they must maintain throughout their undergraduate career. NYUAD students must also earn a grade of B or better in each of their Wagner courses in order for the credits to be transferred to the MPA  Dual-degree students must also complete Wagner prerequisites for the one-year Capstone course before enrolling in that course at Wagner.  Typically this means students take any remaining requirements at Wagner during the summer prior to their full academic year of Wagner courses.