Monday, September 14, 2015

Campus Spotlight: NYU Wagner School of Public Service

By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services

International students at NYU are given access to numerous resources that enable them to successfully study abroad and adapt to American culture.

The plethora of resources available is no surprise given that NYU saw the highest population of international students of any school in the nation in 2014, according to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Report data. That number – 11,164 – marked a roughly 19 percent increase from the previous year. 

NYU Wagner is a great choice for international students pursuing a public service degree given its renowned faculty, who also specialize in fields ranging from economics, finance, law, and health care. Wagner offers a range of master’s and doctoral degree programs on top of the undergraduate public policy major and minor options. You may also enroll in an advanced professional certificate program or a non-degree program. The latter, which consists of 12 credit hours, is open to public service professionals who wish to hone specific skill sets.
The Puck Building houses Wagner graduate school students.

To start, take a look at the school’s International Student Guide. Here you can find information on required events for new international students as well as other valuable insight on moving to New York and adapting to the city.

NYU also has an Office of Global Services, which advises students, staff and faculty on 
visas and immigration. Newly admitted students can find all of the information they need through the office, with many resources immediately available on the website. The office holds walk-in advising hours for international students four days a week (excluding Friday).

Wagner graduate application requirements:

  • International candidates must have at least the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. A third-party international credentials evaluator is encouraged (but not required) for assessment. 
  • Transcript is required. A third-party international credentials evaluator is encouraged (but not required) for assessment. NYU Wagner will waive application fees for those who use a third-party evaluator. 
  • English Language Proficiency Exams: TOEFL or IELTS is required for master’s and doctoral level applicants who do not speak English as a native language and who received a bachelor’s degree from a non-English speaking institution. For almost all graduate programs at Wagner, the minimum TOEFL score is 100 and the minimum IELTS score is 7.5. (The only exception is the Executive MPA for Global Policy Leadership program, which has a minimum required TOEFL score of 109 and a minimum IELTS score of 7.5) As a replacement for these tests, international applicants may take the English Language Diagnostic Test through NYU’s American Language Institute.

Valuable resources:

• Location: New York, N.Y.
• Founded: 1989 (Wagner); 1831 (University) 
• Type: Private, urban
• Size: Nearly 1,000 students (Wagner); total of 24,289 graduate students; total of 57,245 students (university)
Degrees and programs offered (law school)
• MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy
• MPA in Health Policy and Management
• Master of Urban Planning
• Doctoral program
• Executive MPA
• Undergraduate major
• Undergraduate minor

Dual degrees offered:
• BA-MPA or BA-MUP with the NYU College of Arts and Science
• MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies – MPA
• MPA-MPH with the NYU Master of Public Health Program in Global Health Leadership
• JD-MPA or JD-MUP with  NYU School of Law
• MSW-Executive MPA with NYU Silver School of Social Work
• MBA-MPA with the NYU Stern School of Business

Other programs:
• Advanced professional certificate
• Non-degree program
By the Numbers
Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service:
• International students make up 17 percent of all students
• International students hail from more than 33 countries

• Total enrollment: 58,547
• Has the highest number of international students in the U.S. (11,164 in 2013-14)
• Students come from more than 120 countries (and all 50 states)
• 841 international faculty members and research scholars from 77 different countries around the world
• 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio
Tuition (law school)
2015-16 academic year costs:
• Total master’s tuition and fees: part-time at $20,668; full-time at $40,528
• Total executive master’s tuition and fees: part-time at $27,133; full-time at $51,958
Careers (law school)
Wagner Graduate School:
• 97 percent of students employed 10 months after graduation
• In the 2013-14 graduating class, 57 percent were employed at a nonprofit or NGO; 22 percent private companies; 15 percent in local government; 4 percent in federal government; 2 percent in state government
Katty Jones, Director of Global and Program Services

Jay Esposito, Associate Director of Admissions

Pamela Kavalam, Student Services Administrator

Visa and Immigration, NYU Office of Global Services
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Student Resource Center, New York University
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