MPA Information

John Jay College of Criminal Justice offers two Master of Public Administration programs. Both programs require 42 credits of graduate study, and both are accredited by NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

MPA Program in Policy and Administration

The mission of the Master of Public Administration Program in Public Policy and Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is to prepare students for careers in public agencies and independent organizations and to advance the study of Public Policy and Administration through scholarly and applied research and community service. The program seeks to inspire students to the highest ideals of citizenship and public service and provide them with the opportunities to acquire professional and political knowledge and skills based on academic instruction and study, public service experience and partnerships with faculty in scholarly endeavors.

The program offers specializations in Management and Operations, Human Resources Management, Law and Public Management, Criminal Justice Policy and Administration, Emergency Management, Court Administration and Urban Affairs.

MPA Program in Inspection and Oversight

The mission of the Master of Public Administration in Inspection and Oversight Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is to prepare students for public service careers in inspection and oversight organizations and to advance the study of Public Administration through scholarly and applied research and community service. The program seeks to inspire students to the highest ideals of citizenship and public service, reinforced by a commitment to accountability, transparency, and equity. The program offers students opportunities to acquire professional and political knowledge and skills, based on academic studies, public service experience and partnerships with faculty in scholarly endeavors.

The program offers specializations in Forensic Accounting, International Inspection and Oversight, Investigation and Operational Inspection, Organizational Assessment and Monitoring, Law and Inspection and Oversight, and Independent and Contractual Inspection and Oversight.

The programs share common foundation courses, and a student admitted to one program can transfer to the other program without special approval or application fees.

The programs are offered in several formats and venues.

Campus-based Classroom 

Both programs are offered in a traditional campus-based classroom mode. Classes take place Monday-Thursday evenings. Many courses are also offered online.

Saturday

Many courses are offered on Saturdays, and it is possible to complete the MPA in Public Policy and Administration, with either the Human Resources Management specialization or the Management and Operations specialization, by taking all courses on Saturdays.

West Point

The MPA Program in Public Policy and Administration is also offered at the Army Education Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, which is north of the New York City metropolitan area. Military personnel and their family members, as well as civilians, are eligible to attend courses at this location. Courses are offered face-to-face in classrooms, and online.

Online

The MPA in Inspection and Oversight is also offered in a fully-online format. Information on this program format is available at John Jay Online.

Dual Degrees

Both programs are also offered through John Jay College’s Bachelors/Masters combined program. Either MPA program is combined with the Bachelors of Science degree in Public Administration or Criminal Justice Management. Admission is highly competitive. Information on this program format is available here.

*There is no executive or fast-track program format.

 

Additional Information

Admission Criteria: Information about admission criteria is available at: Admissions.

Faculty: Information about full-faculty in the program is is provided in the sidebar adjacent to this article.

Tuition and Fees: Information about tuition and fees is available at Tuition and Fees.

Financial Aid: Information about Financial Aid is available at Financial Aid. Additional information about financial support offered through the Differential Tuition program is available at the MPA Newsletter.

Internships: Information about internship opportunities and placements is available at the MPA Newsletter.

Enrollments, Placements and Completion Rates: During Fall 2013 there were 729  students in the two programs. 88% of our students are part-time students. For the Fall 2010 admissions cohort, 29% of the students graduated within two years and 62% graduated within four years. Based on our 2014 survey of students, 87% of students are employed, 46% within Federal, state or local government, 18% in the non-profit or independent sector and 22% in the private sector.

Advising: Appointments with advisors can be scheduled here at MPA Advising.