MD/MPA in Health Policy & Management


NYU Wagner's Health Policy and Management program has been recognized as one of the best in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Integrating public service and medicine, the dual MD/MPA program crosses traditional boundaries, linking management, finance, and policy, and provides students with the cutting-edge concepts and skills needed to shape the future of health policy and management. Students graduate with a set of tools and experiences that allow them to understand both the delivery of health care services and the broader social, cultural, and economic factors that influence health outcomes. They work in every sector of the health care system, and experience firsthand the importance of health care delivery and health promotion in one of the most interesting, diverse, and complex cities in the world.

The Wagner School and the NYU School of Medicine offer a dual degree program for medical students to earn the Master of Public Administration and the Medical Doctor degree within five years of full-time study. The combined degree program allows students who are interested in medicine and health management, policy, or finance issues to pursue an integrated and comprehensive course of study. Graduates will be uniquely poised to pursue careers in hospital management, nonprofits, consulting firms, managed care organizations, and government health agencies throughout the world.


Students will apply to the program in their third year of medical school with course work leading to the MPA beginning at the end of the third year (see Special Considerations below for modifications to this outline). Students will postpone beginning their fourth year medical school requirements to take a dedicated year of full-time course work within the MPA program. Upon returning to Medical school, students will continue to take any remaining courses toward the MPA degree while concurrently completing medical school requirements.


The MPA is a 45 credit program. Medical students accepted to the dual degree program will be granted a transfer of 9 credits taken from the School of Medicine. The remaining 36 credits toward the MPA could be completed in the following way:

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1st Year Medical School Curriculum Medical School Curriculum  
2nd Year Medical School Curriculum Medical School Curriculum  
3rd Year Medical School Curriculum Medical School Curriculum  
4th Year Wagner Curriculum Wagner Curriculum Medical School Curriculum
5th Year Combined Medical/Wagner Curriculum-Capstone Combined Medical/Wagner Curriculum-Capstone  

Special Considerations

I. Application Timing: Students will apply in their third year of medical school.  Please refer to the MPA website regarding application deadline dates:

II. Capstone Project: All students in this dual degree are required to complete a Capstone Project during the final year. In addition, students may want to consider developing a research project in consultation with the School of Medicine. The Dual MD/Master's Programs Coordinator may be able to provide referrals to School of Medicine faculty with whom students can work.

Tuition and Funding

Currently, each program has individual tuition requirements. NYU Wagner provides scholarship assistance to medical students accepted to the dual degree.  However, students should inquire with the respective schools regarding current tuition costs and financial assistance as these are subject to change.

Application Process

Current medical students should meet with the Dual Degree Coordinator to discuss their intent to apply prior to the application deadline.

For specific information about the Wagner Program and application criteria, visit:

Contact Information

To speak with someone at NYU Wagner about the specific program details, or to apply, contact:

NYU Wagner Admissions
(212) 998-7414 

In addition, the Coordinator of Dual MD/Master's Programs within the Office of Student Affairs can provide students with assistance in coordinating their application to the MPA program, give general advisment about the various dual degree options and specific program requirements, provide referrals to individuals within a given dual degree program, and act as liason and advocate for students as needed.

For general inquiries about this program or other dual degrees within the School of Medicine, contact:

Amy Sweeney
Coordinator of Student Services & Dual MD/Masters Degree Programs
(212) 263-3802