Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Why you should consider this program

NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service prepares public service leaders to translate ideas into actions that have an effective and lasting impact on the public good. Our faculty’s research changes the way people frame, understand, and act on important public issues. We provide our students with critical skills, access to all that New York City has to offer, and a deep understanding of context surrounding public service challenges—which they use to improve cities and communities across the globe.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 94,000 $ 43,000 $ 51,000
Out of state $ 94,000 $ 43,000 $ 51,000
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

50% tuition waiver

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 36,000

Application fee waived?



All NYU Peace Corps Coverdell fellows must complete 160 hours interning or volunteering at a nonprofit or governmental agency that serves high-needs communities in the local area. Fellows are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement during their first year of graduate study.

Other details

Program length

2 years

Application requirements

Commitment to Public Service essay

Resiliency essay


Two letters of recommendation


Program begins

Early September

Non-traditional options

Majority of classes are offered in the evening to offer flexibility.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Kristy Kline, Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

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New York, NY 10012