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WELCOME TO NYU WAGNER Congratulations on your admission to NYU Wagner! It is my pleasure to introduce you to our NYU Wagner community of talented students, faculty, alumni, and staff. This dynamic and diverse community is doing work of the highest good – translating their personal passions into effective public service leadership. More than any other school in its class, NYU Wagner exposes students to the breadth of skills, knowledge, experience, approaches, and disciplines that rising leaders need to tackle today’s most pressing challenges. As public service issues become more intertwined and complex, leaders must understand these intersections and implications. Your time at NYU Wagner will be transformative: you’ll challenge your assumptions, grow your network, expand your skill set, carve your desired professional path, and embark on a fulfilling and meaningful career. For more than 75 years, NYU Wagner has been leaving its imprint. Our faculty of over 100 scholars and practitioners are changing the way people frame, understand, analyze, and act on issues of public importance – including finance, health, transportation, international development, education, social entrepreneurship, and many other arenas. Our nearly 1,000 students hail from 41 different countries and represent experienced leaders, career changers, and young professionals – all with a common drive to make positive change in their chosen field. Our network of over

12,000 active alumni address our most significant public problems, lead the efficient implementation of programs, advocate for useful practices and policies, and improve the management of public service organizations and programs. Located in the heart of New York City, NYU Wagner students gain theory from the classroom and put it into practice in one of the most engaging and exciting urban centers in the world. With unlimited opportunities, connections, and networks, New York City becomes as much a part of the educational experience as the classroom. The greater NYU community also provides valuable resources and opportunities for our students. NYU boasts 19 schools, colleges, and divisions. We partner with many of them on research centers, initiatives, faculty cross-appointments, and student events. NYU Wagner is a unique community where you can start with your inherent passion, add concrete skills, and launch an impactful career. I hope you will see what a special community we have. Again, congratulations and welcome. I hope to see you at NYU Wagner. With best wishes,

Sherry Glied Dean



CONTENTS the NYU wagner community


Get to Know NYU Wagner




Student Organizations




Research Centers and Institutes


NYU Wagner Global


Student resources


Financial Aid and Scholarships




Orientation Over Time


Composing Your Career


NYU Resources


living in nyc






Getting Around New York


resources and contact information


timeline for new students




the nyu wagner community

NYU Wagner is a community first. It is very rare and beautiful to step into a space where everyone is excited, engaged, and so deeply committed to creating lasting change. What’s more, we want to build the skills to be the best in the game. Mission-driven and impactful on every level, that is the NYU Wagner experience.

Merav Fine MPA-Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, 2014 Specialization: Management


GET TO KNOW NYU WAGNER NYU Wagner encourages admitted students to visit the school. We offer several ways to get to know us better.

NYU WAGNER CLASS VISITS accepted/visiting


If you would like to experience an NYU Wagner class, visit to see the schedule and reserve a space in the class of your choice. This is a great opportunity to learn about the academic experience at NYU Wagner, and interact with faculty and students.

NYU Wagner is committed to supporting our admitted students through their entire decision-making process. Below are some of the various admitted student activities taking place online and at NYU Wagner to welcome you to the community. We encourage you to participate in as many as possible to get better acquainted with our community. For more information and to RSVP to these activities, visit „„ Navigating Your Career in Public Service Webinar „„ Financing Your Graduate Education Webinar „„ Diversity Matters Reception (Fall start only) „„ Admitted Student Day (Fall start only) „„ NYU Wagner Day of Service (Fall start only)

OTHER RESOURCES Admitted students should also feel free to contact the Office of Admissions to arrange an appointment, meet with an administrator, and/or talk with a current student.


STUDENTS The NYU Wagner student community is diverse — in interests, culture, and career pursuits — which enriches the learning environment. Students come to NYU Wagner from all walks of life and at many different points in their careers. CURRENT NYU WAGNER STUDENT BODY Number Enrolled: 969 Students by Degree Program: Full-time Students: 55% MPA-Public and Nonprofit Management Part-time Students: 45% and Policy: 61% Average Age: 29 MPA-Health Policy and Management: 17% Master of Urban Planning: 11% Executive MPA: 8% Ph.D.: 2% Advanced Professional Certificate: 1%

CLINTON PLUMMER “NYU Wagner is an excellent place to explore theory in the classroom, and then put it into practice in the field. It’s rare that a school covers both of these realms, and it adds tremendously to the educational experience. The faculty are truly first-rate, providing an opportunity to gain broadly-applicable leadership and management skills, and the students represent a wonderfully diverse set of backgrounds and experiences.” Program: Executive MPA, 2015 Hometown: Paulding, Ohio

Students by Home Country: 83% domestic; 17% international Our Fall 2013 class chose to study in New York City after having lived in over 25 states and in countries across the globe including: Argentina Australia Canada Chile China Ecuador

Georgia Ghana India Israel Kazakhstan Kenya

Kyrgyzstan Mexico Nigeria Qatar Russia South Africa

South Korea Sweden Taiwan United Arab Emirates United Kingdom

Education: Ohio State University (B.S.); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Masters of Engineering) Professional Background: • •

Vice President of Development, Deepwater Wind Founder and Vice President, Endurant Energy

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Member of Bridge/Students for Innovation Social Innovation Symposium


STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS NYU Wagner student organizations offer academic, professional, and social opportunities across a variety of issues and interests to enhance the student experience. wsa/directory

Wagner Student Association (WSA) Asian Pacific American Student Alliance (APASA) Association of Latin@s and Allies in Public Service (ALAS) Black Student Association (BSA) Bridge: Students for Innovation (BRIDGE) International Public Service Association (IPSA) Stonewall Policy Alliance (SPA) Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR) Student Network Exploring Arts and Culture (SNEAC) Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA) Wagner Consulting Group (WCG) Wagner Economic and Finance Association (WEFA) Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA) Wagner Food Policy Alliance (WFPA) Wagner Health Network (WHN) Wagner International Student Society (WISS) Wagner Management and Leadership Organization (WMLO) Wagner Philanthropy (WP) Wagner+ Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA) Wagner Review Wagner Student Association for Africa (WSAFA) WagVets Wagner Women’s Caucus (WWC)

“You can feel it the moment you walk into a room of NYU Wagner people: the energy, diversity, and collective commitment to learning, service, and action. You’re part of a collaborative community in which everyone is working toward their unique intersection where their skills and interests meet real needs and solve real problems.” 10

Sarah Schuyler MPA-Health Policy and Management, 2016

IN THE MIX NYU Wagner comes alive with daily events addressing the most critical issues of our time. For a full list of events, visit SELECT 2014 EVENTS Roundtable Discussion with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx The U.S. Secretary of Transportation hosts an intimate roundtable discussion with thought leaders, decision makers, and NYU Wagner students about civic innovations in transportation. The Secretary will discuss how open data and technology are spurring innovation to address critical transportation challenges. The UN Millennium Development Goals: A Success Story for Global Cooperation Hear a special briefing from Dean Pittman, the U.S. State Department’s Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, on the Millennium Development Goals, the global partnership to reduce extreme poverty, and setting out a series of time-bound targets with a deadline of 2015. A Book Launch for The Color Bind: Talking (And Not Talking) About Race at Work Upon the release of their book, Erica Gabrielle Foldy, Associate Professor at NYU Wagner, and her co-author discuss in-depth case studies and outlines strategies to encourage movement toward color cognizance. 4th Annual NYU Social Innovation Symposium: New Ideas for Urban Ecosystems This tri-school event, organized by NYU Wagner, NYU Law, and NYU Stern School of Business, provides an annual forum for nearly 500 practitioners, scholars, and students to share game-changing concepts and ideas spanning a wide array of social matters, including education, public health, environmental issues, democratic institutions, financial inclusion, and economic inequality. An Insider’s View of the Affordable Care Act NYU Wagner’s Dean Sherry Glied, former Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2010-2012, will share her insider’s knowledge of the legislation and its implementation, and will answer audience questions. NYU Wagner Philanthropy (WP) presents: SOUP for Dinner Hear from four local nonprofit organizations about their missions, the impactful work they are doing, and how even a small donation can make a significant impact when pooled with other donations—as we collectively decide which nonprofit project we want the proceeds to support.

JOHN RYAN NORTON “Student groups are a great way to build community while developing professionally. I’ve been able to host or attend countless international development events and write op-eds about foreign policy issues. Through WagVets, we are supporting veterans in their transition to new public service roles. Whatever your passion is, you can pursue it here.” Program: MPA-Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, 2014 Specialization: International Policy and Management Hometown: Morris, Illinois Education: University of WisconsinMadison Professional Background: • •

Captain in the U.S. Army with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan Research Intern, Council on Foreign Relations

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Vice President, International Public Service Association (IPSA) Op-Ed Contributor and Events Manager, Wagner Review Founder, WagVets (NYU Wagner Military Veterans)


FACULTY FULL-TIME & CLINICAL NYU Wagner’s faculty FACULTY is comprised of over 100 full-time, clinical, HILARY BALLON, Professor of Urban Studies & Architecture, visiting, affiliated, and University Professor, and Deputy adjunct faculty, who Vice Chancellor for Academic are accomplished rePrograms & Campus Planning (NYU Abu Dhabi). Ballon’s work searchers, scholars, focuses on cities and the interand practitioners in section of architecture, politics, their field of study. They and social life in 20th-century bring a diverse array of America and 17th-century Europe. strengths across academic Before NYU Wagner, Ballon taught over 20 years at Columbia disciplines and fields University and served as Director of practice. Our faculty of Art Humanities and Chairman are central figures in the of the Department of Art History and Archaeology. She received student experience at a Ph.D. from Massachusetts NYU Wagner. Institute of Technology.

ROBERT BERNE, Professor of Public Policy and Financial Management and NYU’s Executive Vice President for Health. Berne is a nationally-recognized expert in educational policy research. He served as dean of NYU Wagner for three years and Associate Dean for six years. Berne is a member of the Steering Committee of the Soros Foundation supported Local Government Initiative that supports governance in Central and Eastern Europe. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. JOHN BILLINGS, Professor of Health Policy and Public Service and Director of the Health Policy and Management Program. Much


of his work has involved analysis of patterns of hospital admission and emergency room visits as a mechanism to evaluate access barriers to outpatient care and to assess the performance of the ambulatory care delivery system. Billings received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. JAN BLUSTEIN, Professor of Health Policy and of Medicine. Blustein teaches courses in statistics, program evaluation, and research methods. Her work focuses on the dynamics underlying differences in health and healthcare among older Americans with chronic illnesses. Blustein received her M.D. from Yale’s School of Medicine and a Ph.D. from NYU Wagner. THAD CALABRESE, Assistant Professor of Public and Nonprofit Financial Management. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management and the Audit Committee of the Support Center for Nonprofit Management, which provides consulting services, transition management, and training to nonprofit organizations primarily in New York and New Jersey. Before joining NYU Wagner, Calabrese was on the faculty at the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College – CUNY.

GORDON J. CAMPBELL, Professor of Practice. With over 30 years of experience in public and nonprofit leadership and management, he was previously the President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of New York City. He received his J.D.from the University of Washington Law School and his MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. SEWIN CHAN, Associate Professor of Public Policy. Chan teaches courses in microeconomics, public finance, and health economics. Her research is concerned with the well-being of individuals and households and how it is shaped by the interaction of economic behavior, market institutions, and government policies, with a current focus on the economics of aging and retirement. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University. SALO VINOCUR COSLOVSKY, Assistant Professor of International Development. His research

spans international development, legal sociology, and organizational behavior. Coslovsky has advised Brazilian think-tanks and government agencies, including the Ministry of Environment, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Forest Service on matters of policy design and implementation. He received a Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. RAJEEV DEHEJIA, Associate Professor of Public Policy. His research spans econometrics, development economics, labor economics, and public economics. Prior to NYU Wagner, he taught at Tufts University and Columbia University, and has held visiting positions at Harvard, Princeton, and the London School of Economics. Dehejia received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. DAVID ELCOTT, Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership, Faculty Director

of NYU Wagner’s Executive MPA program, and associate faculty at the Research Center for Leadership in Action. He also co-directs the dual-degree program in Jewish Studies at NYU Wagner. In 2013, Elcott received NYU’s Martin Luther King Faculty Award. He earned a Ph.D. in political psychology and Middle East studies with a specialty in Islam and Arab culture from Columbia University. INGRID GOULD ELLEN, Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, Director of the Urban Planning Program, and Director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Her research focuses on housing and community development. Ellen has held visiting positions at the Urban Institute, the Brookings Institution, and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. She received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.


FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS Professor Katherine O’Regan has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Professor Rae Zimmerman was selected as a researcher for Governor Cuomo’s New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies, an “applied think tank” led by New York University and Stony Brook University. Professor Beth Noveck was named as one of 100 Pioneers in the “Purpose Economy 100” list, a national roster of leading innovators that research, develop, and shape markets that foster community, personal development, and impact. Professor Jonathan Morduch’s research on the potential benefits of offering credit to the under-served poor was featured in The New York Times Magazine.

ERICA GABRIELLE FOLDY, Associate Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management and Faculty Co-Director of the Research Center for Leadership in Action. Her research includes identity and diversity in organizations and organizational learning and reflective practice. Foldy is co-author of the 2014 book The Color Bind: Talking (and Not Talking) About Race at Work. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Business School and a Russell Sage Fellow, and holds a Ph.D. from Boston College. JOHN GERSHMAN, Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service and the Deputy Director of NYU’s Master of Public Health Program. His research, writing, and advocacy work has focused on issues of U.S. foreign policy in East and Southeast Asia, the politics of international financial institutions and multilateralism, the political economy of democracy and development, the political economy of land and water rights in Ghana and the Philippines, the politics of sanitation, and rights-based approaches to development. Gershman received his M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. SHERRY GLIED, Dean and Professor of Public Service. In 2013, Glied was named Dean of NYU Wagner. In 2010, Glied was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services, and served in that capacity until 2012. Glied’s principal areas of research are in health policy reform and mental health care policy. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. KAREN GRÉPIN, Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy. Her


research focuses on the economics of health service delivery in developing countries, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Grépin holds a Ph.D. in Health Policy and International Health Economics from Harvard University. ZHAN GUO, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Transportation Policy. His research focuses on the driving forces behind people’s travel decisions by exploring innovative ways to influence that decision-making process to produce better social outcomes, such as reduced congestion and carbon emissions. Guo received his Ph.D. in urban planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. CHERYL HEALTON, Professor of Public Health, Director of the NYU Global Institute of Public Health, and Dean of Global Public Health at NYU. Healton’s career in the field of public health has earned her national recognition and praise. She has received the Secretary of HHS award for Innovation in Public Health, the American Lung Association’s Life and Breath Award, and the NYU Wagner Troy R. Westmeyer Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award, among other awards. She holds a doctorate from Columbia University’s School of Public Health. NATASHA ISKANDER, Associate Professor of Public Policy. She conducts research on labor migration and economic development, labor mobilization and its relationship to workforce development, and processes of institutional innovation and organizational learning. In 2010, she authored an award-wining book, Creative State: Forty Years of Migration and Development Policy in Morocco and Mexico. Iskander received her Ph.D. in Management at the

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. ANTHONY KOVNER, Professor of Public and Health Management and Director of the Executive MPA Program for Nurse Leaders. Kovner has served as a consultant to the New York Presbyterian Hospital & Health Care System, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Montefiore Medical Center, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, among others. He received his Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh. PAUL C. LIGHT, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service and founding principal investigator of the Global Center for Public Service. His research interests include bureaucracy, civil service, Congress, entitlement programs, executive branch, government reform, nonprofit effectiveness, organizational change, and the political appointment process. Light is the author of 25 books, including works on social entrepreneurship, the nonprofit sector, federal government reform, public service, and the baby boom. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. JOE MAGEE, Associate Professor of Management and Director of the Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy Program. His research interests include understanding how power differences transform the way people think and behave and how people figure out who has power over whom. Magee received his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

JONATHAN MORDUCH, Professor of Public Policy and Economics and Executive Director of the Financial Access Initiative. Morduch has worked with the United Nations and World Bank, and advises global NGOs. He has taught at Harvard University, and has been a visiting faculty member or scholar at Stanford University, Princeton University, and the University of Tokyo. Morduch received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. MITCHELL L. MOSS, Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy and Planning and Director of the Rudin Center for Transportation. Moss teaches and researches urban planning and politics, economic development, telecommunications, and the governance of New York City. His essays and comments have appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Post, The New York Observer and, among others. He was voted Professor of the Year in 2002 and 2003. Moss holds a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from the University of Southern California.

CATHERINE DANGREMOND “The faculty is a tremendous advantage of the NYU Wagner experience - from the diverse backgrounds they bring to the classroom, to one-on-one conversations about topics of interest, to networks they have built throughout the healthcare industry, to their experience with both policy and management. I couldn’t have selected a better place to pursue a graduate degree in health policy and management than NYU Wagner.” Program: MPA-Health Policy and Management, 2014 Specialization: Health Policy Analysis Hometown: Potsdam, New York Education: Clarkson University Professional Background: •

Administrative Resident, Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center Director of Business Development, SOURCECORP BPS

Student Activities: • • •

Graduate Assistant, Health Policy & Management Program Executive board member, Wagner Health Network Member of the WagnerCares Committee


BETH NOVECK, Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professor, Professor of Law at New York Law School, and Director of The Governance Lab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. She served in the White House as the first U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer and Director of the White House Open Government Initiative (2009-2011). Noveck is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School. KATHERINE O’REGAN, Professor of Public Policy. She teaches courses in microeconomics, program evaluation, and urban economics. Her research focuses on issues of good governance and partnerships for nonprofits, as well as issues and programs affecting the urban poor and the neighborhoods in which they live. O’Regan was recently appointed as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development. She spent 10 years teaching at Yale School of Management. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. SONIA OSPINA, Professor of Public Management and Policy and Co-Founder and Faculty Director of the Research Center for Leadership in Action. She has taught foundations of nonprofit management, qualitative research methods, the theoretical foundations of applied research, and women in management. Over the past decade, Ospina directed a Ford Foundation-sponsored multiyear, national research project on social change leadership. 16

She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. SHANKAR PRASAD, Clinical Professor. Prasad teaches public policy, statistics, research design and methods, and SPSS. He received the MLK, Jr. Faculty Award and was voted ‘Adjunct of the Year’ by students. Prior to NYU, Prasad worked at a hedge fund and left to co-found and lead India’s largest provider of clinical data systems as Chief Marketing Officer and Director of U.S. Operations until June 2012. Prasad received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University. NATALIE PRIVETT, Assistant Professor of Management and Policy. Privett’s research lies at the intersection of operations management, nonprofit studies, and global public health, and focuses on applying the theories and tools of operations management in philanthropy and civil society. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University. NIRUPAMA RAO, Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy. Rao’s work concerns the economic effects of fiscal policy, focusing on the impact of policy on firm production, investment and pricing decisions, and individual consumption decisions. She completed her Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

VICTOR G. RODWIN, Professor of Health Policy and Management. Rodwin teaches courses on community health and medical care, comparative analysis of health care systems, and international perspectives on health care reform. He is the recipient of a three-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Investigator Award on “Megacities and Health: New York, London, Paris and Tokyo.” Rodwin received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. ELLEN SCHALL, Martin Cherkasky Professor of Health Policy and Management and former Dean of NYU Wagner (20022013). Her academic work focuses on leadership, innovation, and organizational development. Schall was commissioner of the NYC Department of Juvenile Justice and currently serves on the New York State Juvenile Justice Task Force. She served as President of the National Center for Health Education and also as President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. She received her J.D. from NYU School of Law. AMY ELLEN SCHWARTZ, Professor of Public Policy, Education, and Economics and Director of the NYU Institute for Education and Social Policy. She teaches courses in public finance and policy at both NYU Wagner and The Steinhardt School of Education. Her research is primarily in applied econometrics, focusing on urban policy, education policy, and finance. Schwartz

received her Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University. DANIEL L. SMITH, Associate Professor of Public Budgeting and Financial Management. Smith’s research focuses on the fiscal implications of state-level budgetary institutions, and the interaction between public financial management and organizational performance. Smith completed fellowships and internships with the City Council of Wilmington, the Delaware Economic Development Office. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. DENNIS C. SMITH, Associate Professor of Public Policy. Smith teaches policy formation and program evaluation, comparative federalism, and the international Capstone. He has written about the problems of measuring the success of reforms in public sector organizations. Smith is a member of two public policy journals’ editorial boards and of the board of the nonprofit TADA! He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University. PAUL SMOKE, Professor of Public Finance and Planning and Director of International Programs. Smoke teaches public finance, develoment planning, and governance in developing countries. His research and policy work has extended to several countries, including Cambodia, Uganda, South Africa, Palestine, Yemen, and Brazil. He has worked with the World Bank, UN Development Program (UNDP), UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF),

UN Center for Human Settlements (UNCHS), and US Agency for International Development (USAID). Smoke received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. LEANNA STIEFEL, Professor of Economics. Stiefel teaches multiple regression, economics of education, and microeconomics. Her areas of expertise are school finance and education policy, applied economics, and applied statistics. She has been a consultant for organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the Education Commission of the States, the New York ACLU, and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. RAE ZIMMERMAN, Professor of Planning and Public Administration, Director of the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems, and former Director of the Urban Planning Program from 2011-2013. She teaches and conducts research that cuts across planning, management, and policy in the areas of environmental quality and health risk management. She holds a Ph.D. in Planning from Columbia University.



PATRICK EGAN, Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Policy, NYU Department of Politics

WILLIAM ROM, Professor of Medicine and Environmental Medicine, NYU School of Medicine

J. LAWRENCE ABER, Willner Family Professor in Psychology and Public Policy, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development; University Professor, New York University

BRIAN ELBEL, Associate Professor of Population Health and Health Policy, NYU School of Medicine; Director of the Doctoral Program, NYU Wagner

DEIRDRE ROYSTER, Associate Professor, NYU Department of Sociology

MAY AL-DABBAGH, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, New York University Abu Dhabi LILY BATCHELDER, Associate Professor of Law and Public Policy, NYU School of Law

LOUISE HARPMAN, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study

JORGE CASTAĂ‘EDA, Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, NYU College of Arts & Science

ERIC KLINENBERG, Professor of Public Policy, NYU Wagner; Professor of Sociology, NYU College of Arts & Science; Professor of Media, Culture, and Communications, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

NGINA CHITEJI, Visiting Associate Professor, NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study

JOSEPH LADAPO, Assistant Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine

DALTON CONLEY, Dean of Social Sciences and University Professor of the Social Sciences, NYU Department of Sociology

JAMES MACINKO, Associate Professor of Public Health, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

SEAN CORCORAN, Assistant Professor of Educational Economics, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development KRISTEN DAY, Professor & Department Head, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, NYU Polytechnic Institute of Engineering


MARC GOUREVITCH, Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, NYU School of Medicine

DANIL MAKAROV, Assistant Professor of Health Policy, NYU School of Medicine LAWRENCE M. MEAD, Professor of Politics, New York University CRISTIAN POP-ELECHES, Associate Professor of International Education, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

PATRICK SHARKEY, Assistant Professor of Sociology, NYU Department of Sociology LEONARDO TRASANDE, Associate Professor in Pediatrics, Environmental Medicine and Health Policy, NYU Langone Medical Center NANCY VAN DEVANTER, Associate Professor of Nursing, NYU College of Nursing BETH C. WEITZMAN, Professor of Health and Public Policy and Vice Dean, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS NATASHA WILSON, Postdoctoral Fellow, Teaching Law for the Education Policymaker, NYU Wagner


RESEARCH CENTERS AND INSTITUTES NYU Wagner is home to various research and policy centers, institutes, and programs that focus on solving urban problems and strengthening and expanding public policy nationally and internationally. Many students get involved as research assistants or through special programming offered by the centers.

CENTER FOR GLOBAL PUBLIC SERVICE AND SOCIAL IMPACT The Center for Global Public Service and Social Impact is designed to support the entrepreneurial, effective, and efficient production of public value by governments, nongovernmental organizations, and private social ventures. It is built upon a broad commitment toward creating the highest quality of life around the globe. Housed at NYU Abu Dhabi and led by NYU Wagner professor Paul Light, the Center’s mission is to advance international understanding and effective practice for strengthening global public service as a driver of social impact in a constantly changing international environment.

FINANCIAL ACCESS INITIATIVE The Financial Access Initiative (FAI) is a consortium of researchers at NYU Wagner, Yale University, Harvard University, and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) focused on exploring how financial services can better meet the needs and improve the lives of poor households. FAI is based at NYU Wagner and was launched with an initial fiveyear $4 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. FAI conducts substantive research on what works and what doesn’t work to open access – and uses this research to inform the policy decisions necessary to rapidly scale up financial access for the under-served poor.

FURMAN CENTER FOR REAL ESTATE AND URBAN POLICY The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy was established by the NYU School of Law in 1994, and became a joint center with NYU Wagner in 2002. This award-winning center conducts academic and empirical research on the legal and public policy issues involving real estate, housing, and urban affairs. The Furman Center also provides a forum for discussion among leading practitioners, policy makers, scholars, faculty, and students to promote innovative teaching techniques and learning experiences in real estate and urban-related topics. 20

THE GOVERNANCE LAB Founded in 2012, with funding from the MacArthur and Knight Foundations, the Governance Lab (the GovLab) brings together thinkers and doers who design, implement, and study technologyenabled solutions that advance a collaborative, networked approach to reinvent institutions of governance. Rather than working like a traditional academic research organization, the GovLab resembles a technology start up, rapidly evolving in response to research results, individual project needs, or emergent trends. In all of its initiatives, the GovLab employs an “action research” approach. The organization produces scholarly research and maps real-world developments to create a robust understanding of how scientific and technological advances can improve 21stcentury governance.

INNOVATION LABS The NYU Wagner Innovation Labs are a new series of policy experiments that marry theory and practice to promote informed, evidence-based decision-making in a complex world. Each project reflects NYU Wagner’s broad commitment to bringing scholars, thinkers, and practitioners together, both figuratively and literally, to improve the way policy is made.

INSTITUTE FOR CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS The Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS) promotes interdisciplinary approaches to planning, building, and managing the complex world of civil infrastructure systems to meet their social and environmental objectives. Founded in 1998, current areas of research include infrastructure security and protection, risk communication and management, and the sustainability of urban areas.

INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATION AND SOCIAL POLICY The Institute for Education and Social Policy investigates urban education issues and studies the impact of public policy on students from poor, disadvantaged, urban communities. A partnership between NYU Wagner and the NYU Steinhardt School of Education, the Institute explores topics such as school finance equity in New York State, opportunities to learn in charter schools, new systems of public accountability for education, the cost effectiveness of small schools, and special education in New York City schools. The Institute also collects key educational data and provides training and technical assistance to community groups organizing to improve their schools. 21

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS In his recently-released study, Professor John Billings dispelled the common assumption that mentally ill substance abusers are the most frequent users of hospital emergency rooms. Professor Erica Foldy released a new book, The Color Bind: Talking (and Not Talking) About Race at Work, which tackles the often difficult topic of addressing race in the workplace. The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, a joint research center of NYU Wagner and the NYU Law School, received the Empire Award for Leadership in Affordable Housing for excellence in conducting objective, policy-relevant research, and for the leadership of its directors, Vicki Been and NYU Wagner Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen. Professor Paul Light authored Government by Investigation: Congress, Presidents, and the Search for Answers, 1945-2012, which examines the most significant U.S. federal investigations of policy failures, bureaucratic mistakes, and personal misconduct. Professor Anthony Townsend recently published his first book SMART CITIES: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the Quest for a New Utopia, which examines how technology is impacting the design of cities nationwide.


INSTITUTE OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE The Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) is a joint initiative across NYU of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; the Wagner School of Public Service; the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and the Office of the Provost. The Institute brings together more than 40 NYU faculty from the social, behavioral, and health sciences to study how complex social forces such as globalization and immigration affect human development.

JOHN BRADEMAS CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF CONGRESS The John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress engages in research, teaching, and public outreach activities focused on the role of Congress in making national policy. The Center focuses on improving the academic understanding of Congress and brings new insights and perspectives to those working on Capitol Hill and to citizens generally.

M.L. BERMAN JEWISH POLICY ARCHIVE The Berman Jewish Policy Archive (BJPA) is a central address for Jewish communal and social policy and aims to encourage thoughtful and informed policy discourse in the Jewish community. Named for its principal funder, the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation, BJPA makes a vast amount of policy-relevant material accessible and available to all those who seek it. Launched in October 2008, BJPA’s free and searchable online archive spans from the early 20th- into the 21st-century, and is bridging into the future with continually updated print and web-based sources.

RESEARCH CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP IN ACTION The Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) creates collaborative learning environments that break down isolation, foster needed connections and networks, and yield new and practical insights and strategies. RCLA engages the leadership of a diverse spectrum of public service organizations, from government agencies, to nonprofits large and small, to community-based and social change groups, both across the country and around the world. RCLA crafts and runs customized, experiential leadership programs, develops structured convenes where leaders explore the complexity of the challenges they face, and conducts rigorous social science research on contemporary leadership.


The Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management aims to strengthen our understanding of all modes of transportation through research, public forums, and educational programs. The Center draws upon faculty, students, and visiting scholars at NYU. Current areas of inquiry include the flow of people, goods, and information in and through New York City; the impact of information technology on transportation systems; new approaches to financing infrastructure; aviation and economic development; and mobility and the mind.

“I hope to bridge the socioeconomic gap that exists in urban planning and community development. NYU Wagner is helping me understand the economic and political obstacles to providing better planning in impoverished communities throughout the world. NYU Wagner has already begun to provide me with the skills necessary to improve policy, design, and planning within the urban environment.”


Program: Master of Urban Planning, 2015


The People of Color Leadership Network, an affiliate of RCLA, supports the leadership of people of color who are serving as social change agents in their communities. The Network is home to a collection of leadership development programs for diverse public service professionals and provides organizational development support to social sector organizations that build capacity for diverse inclusive leadership. It also serves as a hub for networking and resource sharing among students and social sector professionals who value diversity and inclusion.

Specialization: International Development Planning Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina Education: Hampton University Professional Background: • • •

Board Member, Clean Water for Everyone Plan Reviewer, Mecklenburg County Intern Architect, D.C. Office of Planning

Student Activities: •

Member of the Urban Planning Student Association


NYU WAGNER GLOBAL As part of NYU’s global network university, NYU Wagner takes a global approach to studying complex issues in public service. Via the curriculum, workshops, professional experiences, and events, the school provides students with many opportunities to enhance their global knowledge and develop cross-cultural competency.

NYU WAGNER’S OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS The Office of International Programs (OIP) supports a school-wide effort to foster a global perspective for the students, faculty, and curriculum. To that end, OIP: „„ Provides oversight and

administrative support for the international special- izations and curriculum

„„ Oversees global fellowships

and academic exchange programs

„„ Hosts international events

and directs a global speaker series

„„ Assists international faculty

in their work „„ Serves as a liaison to NYU’s

Office of Global Services and is a school-specific resource for international students

„„ Advocates for the international

interest of the student body

„„ Links NYU Wagner to global

network activities at NYU „„ Supports ongoing efforts to


develop NYU Wagner’s global engagement

COURSES ABROAD NYU Wagner’s Courses Abroad provide students an opportunity to enhance conceptual knowledge, learn and interact with leading experts in the field, and apply new skills in a practical setting. In Accra, Ghana, students explore the political and economic policy issues surrounding hunger and food security. In Geneva, Switzerland, students learn from leaders of international health organizations about trends in world health and the effects of globalization on health policy. In Salvador, Brazil, students analyze the tensions in Brazil between its innovative institutional reforms that promote social inclusion, environmental protection, and business growth, and its struggle to promote good governance and empower its citizenry. In Shanghai, China, students study and experience the challenges and opportunities that rapid urbanization and development create for economic development.



Every semester, students reflect on their summer global travel (via internships and courses abroad) and frame those experiences in the context of understanding broad public service issues and their professional goals. Students will engage in a reflective exercise and skills-building activity that will help them succinctly craft a message around the competencies they gained, or enhanced, while abroad.

NYU’s Office of Global Services (OGS) seeks to further the aims of the Global Network University. OGS services include:

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT WORKSHOPS At the start of the fall and spring semesters, NYU Wagner offers a five-week discussion series designed to enhance the student experience. International and domestic students discuss the cultural nuances of living and studying in the U.S., including classroom norms, idiomatic language and public service terms, social standards, networking for career development, and employment regulations. Faculty and staff facilitate the workshop each week.

„„ International Student Services

provides comprehensive support, advisory services, and programs for NYU’s international students and their dependents.

„„ Outbound Immigration and

Mobility Services supports the immigration needs of NYU students, faculty, administration, and staff as they travel outside the U.S. for study or work purposes throughout the Global Net- work University.

Learn more at

“As an international student at NYU Wagner, I have felt included by the diverse community of students from all over the world. The friendly culture helped me quickly adjust to a brand new environment. Through my interaction with students and participation in events, I have developed a more clear and mature understanding of myself and my role as a public service professional. ” Program: MPA-Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, 2014 Specialization: International Policy and Management Hometown: Shanghai, China Education: Shanghai Jiao Tong University Internships: • • •

Intern Analyst, DEP unit, New York City’s Office of the Mayor, OMB Customer Relations Intern, MTA New York City Transit Office Administration Intern, NGO Committee on the Status of Women

Student Activities: •

Member of the International Public Service Association



student resources

With resourceful and connected staff and professors who not only support my career, but help me advance it, there’s been a nice harmony between what I learn at NYU Wagner and how I apply that knowledge in my field of urban planning.

Samer Saliba Master of Urban Planning, 2014 Specialization: International Development Planning


FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS There are many ways students can fund an NYU education, and we strongly encourage you to explore all possibilities. Federal and private loans, federal work-study, merit scholarships, assistantships, and employment are some of the opportunities available to both full-time and part-time students to assist in the completion of your NYU Wagner degree.

NEED-BASED FINANCIAL AID The NYU Office of Financial Aid administers need-based financial aid in the form of government subsidized and unsubsidized student loans and grants, such as the Robert T. Stafford Student Loan Program and the NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Additional information on need-based financial aid is available on the Office of Financial Aid website: The only form you need to complete to apply for all federal aid is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are strongly encouraged to file the FAFSA electronically at www.fafsa.; it’s the fastest and most accurate method. The federal school code number for New York University is 002785.

MERIT-BASED FINANCIAL AID The NYU Wagner Graduate Admissions Committee evaluates and awards scholarships to new, full- and part-time students who demonstrate high levels of academic achievement, leadership potential, career development, and commitment to public service. All merit-based scholarships are available to international and domestic students. Scholarships are awarded to students for the duration of their degree program. No additional application materials are necessary to be considered for our general meritbased scholarships, though our fellowships require additional materials. Visit for more information.

NOTIFICATION Admitted students will be notified about merit-based awards shortly after they receive their admission notice.




NYU Wagner strongly encourages students to seek financial aid from external organizations that historically support students pursuing public administration masters programs. For a directory of such opportunities, visit Scholarships_Directory.pdf.

“The flexibility of the NYU Wagner curriculum allows students to develop the type of cross-cutting skills that are in high demand among recruiters in both the public and private sectors. ”

Additionally, below is a list of some helpful websites that may assist you in seeking funding for your graduate education:

Program: MPA-Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, 2014

Broke Scholar................................ College Board Online..................... CollegeNet..................................... fastWEB......................................... FinAid Scholarship Search..............

Specialization: International Public Policy Hometown: West Bloomfield, Michigan Education: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Professional Background: •

Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program...................... Higher Education Services Corp......

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators..........

Consultant, Grants and Cofinancing Management Unit, Interamerican Development Bank Director, U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA in Chile Consultant, Instituto Chileno Norteamericano de Cultura

NYU Office of Financial Aid............. Peterson’s Education Center.......... U.S. Department of Education........ World Bank Scholarships............... scholarships


ADVISEMENT NYU Wagner encourages students to seek guidance from multiple sources throughout their academic program. Just as no one mentor can fulfill all of a developing professional’s needs, a student will receive richer and more valuable advice from multiple advisors.

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATORS Advisement begins with an initial online registration advising session prior to the start of the term to assist incoming students with getting started at NYU Wagner. These are conducted by a program administrator who will also serve as your administrative contact throughout your program of study. Advisors include: Debra Cabrera Director of Student Services Urban Planning Program Katty Jones Director of Global and Program Services International Specializations, all programs Diana Beck Assistant Director Health Policy & Management Program, Doctoral Program

Administrators hold walk-in hours during the fall and spring semesters.

PEER ADVISORS Prior to the start of the term, you will be assigned to a peer group of fellow classmates in your program where you will receive guidance from a second year student (your peer advisor). Peer advisors are integral to your experience at the mandatory New Student Retreat.

FACULTY All NYU Wagner faculty have open office hours where they advise students on how to shape their programs to meet their academic and professional goals. Students are encouraged to seek out faculty whose area of expertise matches their interests.

Lola Odunsi Assistant Director EMPA Program, Dual-Degree Programs Pamela Kavalam Student Services Administrator Public & Nonprofit Management and Policy Program

“NYU Wagner has not only provided me with the essential tools needed to be an urban planner, but has also propelled me into a world of professionals in the greatest city in the world.” 30

Nolan Levenson Master of Urban Planning, 2014 Specialization: Environment, Infrastructure, and Transportation


ORIENTATION OVER TIME At NYU Wagner, we think of orientation not as one single event but as a series of activities and resources designed to help you get the best possible start on your graduate studies.

Orientation begins with enrollment, advisement, registration, New Student Retreat, and other preterm activities. Orientation continues through the first semester with Student Group Information Fairs, the Faculty-Student Reception, Specialization sessions, Office of Career Services events, and more. Listed below are some of our more formal orientation activities to keep in mind once you have enrolled.

ADVISEMENT AND REGISTRATION Once you decide to enroll at NYU Wagner, there are a variety of resources and supports available to help you make the most of your academic program, starting with registering for your very first semester of courses. As a new student, you will receive a registration email. Registration emails are sent beginning in early May for summer and fall enrollment, or in December for spring enrollment. The email contains a link to the registration handbook, which includes all the information you will need to register online and prepare for the upcoming semester. Initial registration advisement sessions are presented online for new students prior to the start of the term in order to review key information regarding academic programs, 32

policies, and resources. Dates of the upcoming sessions are listed online after May 1, 2014 at gettingstarted/advisement.

NEW STUDENT RETREAT NYU Wagner hosts a mandatory twoday, overnight retreat for newly admitted fall students and a one-day retreat for newly admitted spring students. The retreats provide an opportunity for you to get to know your classmates, identify ways for you to maximize your time at school whether you’re a full-time or part-time student, and get a sense of the community you are joining. Our Deans; faculty; staff from Admissions, Student Services, and Career Services; and student peer advisors lead the retreats. All enrolled students are required to participate. The 2014 Fall Retreat is scheduled for August 24-25.

MORGAN MONACO PRE-TERM WORKSHOPS Before each semester, NYU Wagner offers a group of workshops and modules to help you succeed in your coursework. These optional pre-term workshops are offered to both new and continuing students to provide tips on a variety of helpful topics. You can register for these workshops and modules on Albert just as you would for any other course. Workshops include: „„ Math Review „„ Presentation Skills „„ Library Research Methods „„ Citation Methods „„ Introduction to Governance „„ Composing Your Career

An event hosted by the Wagner Students Association (WSA) will provide you with the student perspective on being a NYU Wagner student living in New York City and will introduce you to the wide variety of events, activities, and issues that may impact you.

STUDENT GROUP INFORMATION FAIR & FACULTY-STUDENT RECEPTION Our Welcome Receptions are a time for the entire NYU Wagner community to welcome incoming students and to celebrate the start of the school year. At the Student Group Information Fair, representatives from student groups give an overview of their activities and events. The Faculty-Student Reception is a great chance to learn more about the professors who will teach and guide you through your tenure at NYU Wagner. The Fall 2014 Student Group Information Fair is scheduled for September 4. The Fall 2014 Faculty-Student Reception is scheduled for September 11.

“NYU Wagner deftly integrates theory with practice by recruiting a diverse cadre of public service professors and guest presenters. Some of the most meaningful experiences in the classroom have involved listening to the experiences from someone in a public service capacity and learning about their personal path and outlook towards affecting change. Allowing for those intimate conversations helps make the NYU Wagner experience unique.” Program: MPA-Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, 2014 Specialization: Management Hometown: New York, NY Education: Vassar College Professional Background: •

We look forward to seeing you at these events. • • •

Director of Stewardship for Forestry, Horticulture, Natural Resources, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation Director, MillionTreesNYC Deputy Director, PlaNYC Development Project Coordinator, StoryCorps/Sound Portraits Productions


COMPOSING YOUR CAREER NYU Wagner’s Office of Career Services (OCS) provides students and alumni with a variety of services, programs, and resources needed to build successful public service careers.


OCS is committed to supporting students and alumni as they develop career plans, pursue public service positions, and evaluate their professional goals. NYU Wagner students and alumni have access to networking events, career advisement, workshops, and job and internship postings on our online Career Directory.


Career counseling walk-in sessions and appointments are designed to assist students in identifying their skills, interests, and values as they relate to career objectives and employment choices. Students are encouraged to take advantage of walk-in hours throughout the fall and spring semesters, and schedule appointments as needed.

This password-protected, webbased directory lists full- and parttime positions, internships, and fellowships relevant to the NYU Wagner community. All postings can be searched by functional areas. The site can be accessed through the OCS home page on the day you begin classes.

NYU WAGNER OCS LISTSERV The NYU Wagner OCS listserv disseminates information regarding employer information sessions, career-related events, and skillsbuilding workshops, as well as highlights of new listings for fulland part-time positions, internships, and fellowships.

CAREER SEMINARS Seminars help facilitate career exploration and skills-building in an interactive and engaging way. Topics include resume and cover letter writing, professional networking, interviewing techniques, and negotiating job offers.

CAREER RESOURCE CENTER Computers and career-related books, periodicals, journals, newspapers, and directories are available for NYU Wagner students and alumni. The Career Resource Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Puck Building and is open during regular business hours.

COMPOSING YOUR CAREER (CYC) The Composing Your Career course, exclusively for NYU Wagner students, provides an opportunity to explore the real—sometimes messy, always complex—world of public service. Through required readings, large group discussions, and individual reflection, students leave this unique course with a nuanced understanding of the options of working in public service and a strategy to maximize their time at NYU Wagner in the pursuit of a successful public service career.



Employer information sessions and practitioner panels provide opportunities for students to hear from and engage with professionals in public service. Practitioners discuss their own career paths, skills and experiences students might want to develop, their missions, emerging trends in their fields, and short- and long-term staffing needs.

The Wasserman Center is the New York University Career Development Center and offers additional resources to NYU Wagner students and alumni.

CAREER EXPO One of the largest of its kind, this annual event brings together nonprofits; federal, state, and local government agencies; and private sector companies for informal meetings with NYU Wagner students and alumni. The Career Expo is a great opportunity to practice interviewing skills, network, make professional contacts, and seek employment.

SAMIK PATEL “The Office of Career Services provides many accessible resources, including an array of professional development events and weekly office hours. For me, the events led to direct and meaningful exposure with both recruiters and consultants, while office hours helped me frame my qualifications and experiences for success in the recruitment process. I’m pleased to report that I already have my dream job lined up at Ernst & Young, and I’m not graduating until May!” Program: MPA-Health Policy and Management, 2014 Specialization: Health Services Management Hometown: Orlando & Miami, Florida Education: University of Miami Professional Background: • • •

Health Solutions Summer Consultant, FTI Consulting Consultant Intern, Next Opportunity Group Research Associate, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Miami School of Medicine

Student Activities: • • •

Co-Founder and President, Wagner Consulting Group Editor, The Wagner Review Peer Advisor 35

NYU RESOURCES NYU provides a variety of resources to enhance and support your time as a student.



Bobst is the main library at NYU and includes the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Bobst provides a librarian dedicated to NYU Wagner students and faculty. Bobst also houses the Data Services lab, which supports quantitative, qualitative, and geographical research at NYU.

The Writing Center offers one-onone teaching and learning at every stage of the writing process and on any piece of writing, except for exams.

NYU MOSES CENTER FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES The Center for Students with Disabilities provides comprehensive services and programs for students with hearing and visual impairments, mobility impairments, learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, chronic illnesses, and psychological impairments.

NYU CENTER FOR MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION AND PROGRAMS (CMEP) CMEP raises intercultural awareness and understanding through programs exploring race, religion, socioeconomic class, gender orientation, ethnicity, national origin, and other aspects of social identity.


WELLNESS EXCHANGE The Wellness Exchange provides access to NYU’s extensive health and mental health resources, including a private hotline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for health-related concerns.

SAFIYA ARNAOUT “The NYU Wagner experience is incredibly unique in that it’s affected both my knowledge and my self-awareness. I have been exposed to different disciplines and perspectives, which have challenged my understanding of healthcare. In addition, the experience has allowed for deep self-reflection and redefined my understanding of myself and my role in the field of public service.” Program: MPA-Health Policy and Management, 2014 Specialization: International Health Hometown: San Francisco, California & Tyre, Lebanon Education: University of California, Berkeley Professional Background: • •

Project Associate, Wireless Access for Health, Philippines Health IT Program & Implementation Specialist and Management Consultant, Village for Vision Haiti/FEJ Community Health Clinic, Haiti Director of Surgical Services, Marin Ophthalmic Surgery Center, Inc.

Student Activities: •

Teaching Colleague for Managing Public Service Organizations, NYU Wagner 37


living in nyc

In a city where stimulation surrounds you, there is not a chance that you won’t get up, get out, and go do something that positively impacts society. NYU Wagner gives you the paintbrush to create change, its location gives you the canvas. Lauren Stewart MPA-Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, 2015 Specialization: Management


NEIGHBORHOODS MANHATTAN WEST VILLAGE Fifth Ave to West Side Highway, Houston St. to 14th St. Home to many NYU faculty, staff, and students, this historical area surrounding Washington Square Park is dotted with brownstones, row houses, treelined streets, quaint cafes, and restaurants.

EAST VILLAGE East of Fifth Ave, 1st St. to 14th St. Known for its reasonably priced housing and St. Marks Place, this area is also home to many NYU students, restaurants, and shops.

CHELSEA West 14th St. to West 34th St. One of the city’s most popular residential neighborhoods, it offers a wide variety of apartments from brownstones to prewar elevator apartment houses. This area has been growing in appeal, with many new restaurants, art galleries, and stores.



East 14th St. to East 34th St.

Fifth Ave to Park Ave South, 14th St. to 18th St.

This area surrounding Gramercy Park was the site of some of the oldest luxury apartments and clubs in the 1880s. It is quieter than the lower streets of the Village, but still within walking distance of the campus. It is also located near the NYU School of Medicine and the College of Dentistry.

This neighborhood, once the site of union workers’ rallies and factory lofts, has become, in recent years, a comfortable and desirable place to live and is only a few blocks from Washington Square Park. It is the site of a popular Farmer’s Market, fine restaurants, and shops.

SOHO South of Houston St. to Canal St., Lafayette St. to West Side Highway Originally an industrialized neighborhood of cast-iron facto40

ries built at the turn of the 20thcentury, SoHo underwent a major transformation as artists began to inhabit the empty loft spaces in the early 1970s. It’s home to many artists, galleries, and fashionable boutiques and cafes — just a few blocks south of the NYU campus.

MIDTOWN 34th St. to 59th St., both east and west A major tourist area with attractions such as Madison Square Garden, Penn Station, Times Square, Grand Central Station, and the historic Macy’s.

UPPER EAST SIDE 59th St. to 104th St., east of Central Park The upper east side of Manhattan is home to many of Manhattan’s most popular museums. Beautiful architecture, quaint restaurants, and shops are some of the highlights of this neighborhood.

UPPER WEST SIDE/ MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS 59th St. to 120th St., west of Central Park The home of Lincoln Center, Columbia University, and the famous Tom’s Diner, the Upper West Side is a trendy spot with great shopping and nice eateries. Quiet brownstone and townhouse lined streets are the homes of many young professionals and families. You may even see a celebrity or two walking down Broadway.

HARLEM 120th St. to 150th St. With its beautiful brownstones and rich history, Harlem is the home of the Apollo Theater, the Schomburg Museum, and the post-presidential offices of former President Bill Clinton.


“NYU Wagner is located directly at the center of the city I love with strong roots reaching to every corner, every agency, and every organization.�


Leda Bloomfield Master of Urban Planning, 2014 Specialization: Economic Development and Housing


as are Citi Field Stadium (home of the Mets) and the USTA National Tennis Center.

Many NYU Wagner students choose to live in other boroughs of New York City.


BROOKLYN Brooklyn, with its famous Brooklyn Bridge, offers different types of dwellings, from studio apartments to houses with yards. There are many neighborhoods in Brooklyn to choose from, including downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Brighton Beach, Fort Greene, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Cobble Hill, Bay Ridge, Crown Heights, Greenpoint, and Williamsburg.

BRONX The Bronx is home to the New York Yankees and the Bronx Zoo. Rich in ethnic diversity, the Bronx has large Hispanic and Russian communities. There are many neighborhoods in the Bronx, including Riverdale, Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park, and the South Bronx.

QUEENS Queens has a diverse mix of neighborhoods and restaurants from over 120 countries. Some of the neighborhoods in Queens include Flushing, Corona Park, Astoria, Long Island City, Forest Hills, Hunters Point, Jamaica, and Ridgewood. New York’s largest airports, La Guardia and JFK International, are in Queens,

Staten Island lies south of Manhattan across New York Harbor. The famous Staten Island Ferry is free and offers views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Governor’s Island. Neighborhoods on Staten Island include Emerson Hills, Willowbrook, Pleasantville, and Charleston.

NEW JERSEY Within easy commuting distance to NYU, Hoboken, Jersey City, and Weehawken have become comfortable and convenient places to live. They are now home to students, writers, and artists, with a lively social environment, shops, and restaurants. Some residences offer spectacular views of Manhattan across the Hudson River.

JUDY HERBSTMAN “NYU Wagner provides unparalleled access to professionals and experts in my field. By being in New York City, I can meet leaders in housing and community development, conduct cutting-edge research, and take on exciting projects. It is the epicenter for the field I want to be in.” Program: Dual degree: MPA-Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy and Master of Business Administration, 2015 Specialization: MPA-Policy, MBA-Real Estate and Finance Hometown: Flossmoor, Illinois Education: Harvard University Professional Background: • • • • •

Development Assistant, Douglaston Development Graduate Intern, CPC Resources Research Assistant, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy Special Assistant, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Student Activities: • •

Co-Founder and Co-President, Stern Progressives Vice President for Academics, Stern Real Estate Club 43

HOUSING Most NYU Wagner students live off-campus in neighborhoods throughout the City. There are a limited number of on-campus spaces available. If you are interested in finding your own apartment, NYU’s Off-Campus Housing Office (OCHO) has rental information available exclusively for NYU students, including an exclusive database that provides listings of locations available for rent.


HOUSING RESOURCES WEBSITES AND NEWSPAPERS There are several websites and newspaper listings that are helpful for NYU Wagner students seeking apartments: This website allows you to easily share apartment rentals during your search process. It provides detailed and organized information and advertises its “personalized matching” process. This comprehensive website features apartments and roommate listings throughout New York City. The Village Voice: A weekly newspaper that provides information on events, neighborhoods, and properties for sale or rent. The Voice is free in Manhattan and available in many locations. You can also visit The New York Times: The Sunday real estate section is available at newsstands, bookstores, and libraries. The Times also has a comprehensive website with real estate listings at provides real estate news and advice, including apartment news. This website features apartments and roommate listings throughout New York City, with good maps and a user-friendly site. Wagner Listservs: Classmates can be a great resource for finding roommates and apartments. Many postings can be found on the NYU Wagner Wants listserv, which is available to students after they have enrolled and submitted a tuition deposit. In addition to using resources at OCHO, it may also be helpful to use a real estate broker. OCHO has agreements with several local real estate brokers who will reduce their fees for NYU students. A list of these brokers is available upon request from OCHO.

JACQUELINE BURTON “NYU Wagner’s location in an urban epicenter and focus on real-world experience makes it an amazing place to study urban planning. The Capstone program is a fantastic way to gain professional experience while in school, and I know it will lead me to an exciting career working on urban issues.” Program: Master of Urban Planning, 2014 Specialization: International Development Planning Hometown: Saratoga Springs, New York Education: University at Albany, SUNY Professional Background: • • •

Intern Consultant, Local Development International, LLC Intern, UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme) Personal Assistant for John Durant, Author of The Paleo Manifesto

Student Activities: • • •

Peer Mentor, Peer Tutor, and Peer Advisor, Master of Urban Planning Program Staff Editor, The Wagner Review Member of the Wagner Consulting Group


GETTING AROUND NEW YORK There are many transportation options in the New York area, whether you live in one of the five boroughs, Long Island, or New Jersey. On their websites, key transportation providers offer helpful links to routes, maps, and other information.

METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION (MTA) The MTA is the umbrella transportation organization in New York. There are several components to the MTA, including New York City Transit, the Long Island Railroad, Long Island Buses, and the Metro-North Railroad. The system services over 14.6 million people and spans 5,000 square miles. Visit the MTA website at Information on prices and the Metrocard (fare card) can be found at


To get custom directions and the quickest transit routes between two destinations, visit the MTA Trip Planner website at


A map of the New York City subway system can be found at


Information on routes, prices, and times can be found at


Metro-North Railroad links New York City to Connecticut and several New York State counties outside of Manhattan. Information on routes, prices, and times can be found at


TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS MARGARET C. CIANCI PATH TRAINS The Path is the primary transportation link between Manhattan and New Jersey urban and suburban communities. For more information, visit

NEW JERSEY TRANSIT NJ TRANSIT links major points between NYC, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, and is a transportation option when going to Newark International Airport. Visit the NJ TRANSIT website at Full-time students are eligible to receive a rail, bus, or light rail monthly pass at 25% off the regular monthly pass price through NJ TRANSIT’s Quik-Tik program.

“Working as a professional in the nonprofit field, I came to NYU Wagner to broaden my skills and knowledge in the public sector. As a part-time Executive MPA student, I am able to integrate my studies with my job and share my work experience in the classroom. In addition to the flexibility of the curriculum and scheduling, with most classes offered in the evening, I am able to complete the program at my own pace.” Program: Executive MPA, 2014


Hometown: New Rochelle, New York

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Education: Colgate University (B.A.); Columbia University (MBA)

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Professional Background: • • •

Executive Director, Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy Vice President, Bankers Trust Company Account Executive, Home Box Office, Inc.


RESOURCES AND CONTACT INFORMATION Below is a list of resources that may be helpful to you as you prepare for your graduate studies.


OFFICE OF ACADEMIC SERVICES 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Floor

Course Withdrawals and Incompletes, Full-time/Part-time Equivalency, policies Certificate of Grade Form

OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Floor

Financial Aid, New Student Events, Merit Scholarships

OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Floor

Career/Internship Advisement and Counseling, Career Development, 212.998.7474 Professional Development Workshops, Professional Experience Requirement 212.998.7414

OFFICE OF STUDENT & PROGRAM Academic Advising, Registration, SERVICES Course Waivers 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Floor services/advisement 212.998.7512

BOBST LIBRARY 70 Washington Square South

Borrowing Books, Computer Access, Lockers, Reserving Study Rooms 212.998.2500

BURSAR 25 West 4th St., 1st Floor

Bills, Payment Plans, Student Loan Refunds 212.998.2800

FINANCIAL AID 25 West 4th St., 1st Floor

Need Based Aid, Student Loans 212.998.4444

HEALTH CENTER Health Insurance, Immunization 726 Broadway, 3rd and 4th Floors Forms 212.443.1000


Exchange Programs, Study Abroad, Travel Grants

ITS (INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Computer, Network, Telephone and Internet Services, Email SERVICES) 10 Astor Place, 4th Floor 212.998.3333


Services NYU students with visual, hearing, orthopedic, and chronic impairments, as well as those with learning disabilities 212.998.4980

NYU CARD CENTER 383 Lafayette St., Ground Floor

Campus Cash Debit Card, ID Card, Meal Plan, University Access 212.443.2273, option 2

OFFICE OF GLOBAL SERVICES 25 West 4th St., 1st Floor

Student Visa, Immigration, International Student Support 212.998.4720

ON-CAMPUS HOUSING 726 Broadway, 7th Floor

Room Assignments and Changes, Charge Adjustment 212.998.4600

NYU BOOKSTORE 726 Broadway

Books and Other School Supplies 212.998.4678

STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER 60 Washington Square South, Suite 210

Assists students in navigating NYU and providing connections to appro- 212.998.4411 priate campus resources, Information referral

WELLNESS EXCHANGE 726 Broadway, Suite 402

Health and Mental Health Services, 24 Hour Hotline 212.443.9999



TIMELINE FOR NEW STUDENTS Below is a list of important dates to keep in mind as you start graduate school at NYU Wagner. APRIL April 1

Office of Financial Aid begins sending need-based award information to new students for whom valid FAFSA data has been received.

April 15

Deadline to submit enrollment deposit (for those who applied on or before January 6).

MAY May 1

The Registration Guide with instructions and advisement information will be sent to those who have submitted the enrollment deposit.

AUGUST August 18-19

Policies and Resources Orientation Sessions

August 21

International Student Orientation

August 24-25

New Student Retreat

SEPTEMBER September 2

Fall 2014 semester commences and classes begin

September 4

Student Group Information Fair: Introduction to student groups

September 11

Faculty-Student Reception: Event for students and faculty to meet

We hope to see you at NYU Wagner!


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