The following are answers to frequently asked questions about the curricula of both MPA programs.

1.    Courses can be waived under certain circumstances. Please summarize this.

The MPA Program is a 42 credit program. When course waivers are granted, they do not waive the overall 42 credit requirement.

  • PAD 700 Public Administration: Students with unconditional admissions who have completed an undergraduate major in Public Administration with a grade point average of 3.0 or better may request a waiver of PAD 700 from the Program Director.
  • PAD 704 Economic Principles for Public Administration: Students who have completed three courses in economics with a grade of B or better at the undergraduate or graduate level may request a waiver of PAD 704 from the Program Director.
  • PAD 742 Public Sector Accounting and Auditing: Students who have completed 24 credits of undergraduate accounting courses including a governmental accounting course may request a waiver of PAD 704 from the Program Director.
  • PAD 747 Techniques in Policy Analysis: Students with 12 undergraduate credits in computer courses may request a waiver of PAD 747.

 2. I am an NYPD Program student. How can I apply MPA courses taken in the NYPD program to an MPA degree?

MPA Program in Public Policy and Administration: Students who completed MPA courses as part of the NYPD leadership program, who then decide to complete the MPA Program in Public Policy and Administration, are eligible to for the following course substitutions:

  • PAD 706 can be substituted for PAD 705
  • CRJ 738, CRJ 810, CRJ 742 can be used to satisfy 9 credits in the Criminal Justice Policy and Admin specialization.
  • At the discretion of the MPA program director, three additional credits from the above list can be substituted for CRJ/PAD 730.

MPA Program in Inspection and Oversight: Students who completed MPA courses as part of the NYPD leadership program, who then decide to complete the MPA Program in Inspection and Oversight, are eligible to for the following course substitutions:

  • CRJ 742 Police Ethics or CRJ 738 Race and Crime in America may be substituted for PAD 758 Ethics and Accountability
  • PAD 706 Bureaupathology, which is already in the Investigation/Inspection and Fiscal Policy Specialization, is also accepted as courses to satisfy the Organizational Assessment and Monitoring and International Inspection and Oversight specializations.
  • CRJ 819 Counterterrorism and/or CRJ 810 Police Leadership, as acceptable as the two "free" electives completing the degrees.

3. I would like to complete two specializations. How is this done?

The following rules define how students may satisfy requirements to complete two specializations in the MPA Program.

  • The two specializations must be part of a single program. A student may not complete a specialization in the MPA in Public Policy and Administration and also a specialization in the MPA in Inspection and Oversight.
  • No more than two specializations may be completed.
  • To complete two specializations, the student must complete three courses from each specialization including the required courses in each specialization.
  • One course common to both specializations may be counted toward both specializations.