Master of Public Administration Programs

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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 the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.


·         MPA Program in Policy and Administration: The Master of Public Administration Program in Policy and Administration Justice prepares students for careers in public and independent organizations as managers, analysts and leaders. 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 Master of Public Administration Program in Inspection and Oversight at John Jay College of Criminal Justice prepares students for public service careers in inspection and oversight organizations.  The program offers specializations in Fiscal Policy Analysis and Oversight, International Inspection and Oversight, Investigation and Operational Inspection, and Organizational Assessment and Monitoring.

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. Certain 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 through an extension program at the campus of 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.


National Online MPA Inspector General Program: The Master of Public Administration Program in Inspection and Oversight is also offered through a special program affiliated with the Association of Inspectors General. Courses are offered through a combination of online instruction combined with face-to-face instruction taking place at conferences of the Association. Therefore students who live at a distance from the New York City metropolitan area can complete this program.