MPA in Public Policy and Administration

MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION: Public Policy and Administration

Program Director: Professor Marilyn Rubin

The Master of Public Administration Program in Policy and Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice prepares students for careers in public and independent organizations as managers, analysts and leaders. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), this 42-credit program promotes the values of diversity, equity, integrity, ethical conduct, efficiency, effectiveness, and professionalism. The program seeks to inspire students to the highest ideals of citizenship and public service, reinforced by commitment to integrity, accountability, transparency, equity and fairness. The program offers students the opportunity to acquire the professional and political knowledge and skills, based on academic instruction and study, public service experience and partnerships with faculty in scholarly endeavors.

 

Specializations in the program are offered in the following fields:

·         Court Administration

·         Criminal Justice Policy and Administration

·         Emergency Management

·         Human Resources Management

·         Law and Public Management

·         Management and Operations

·         Urban Affairs

 

Degree Requirements

Students enrolled in the Master of Public Administration Program in Public Policy and Administration are required to complete 42 course credits.  Students are also required to pass the MPA qualifying examination, which is administered as a part of PAD 700.  Complete information about the MPAQE is found at the MPA section of the John Jay College website.  Students are advised to complete PAD 700 and the two other core foundation courses PAD 702 and PAD 705 within the first 15 credits of matriculation.  

Failure to complete program requirements or admission conditions on a timely basis may result in a student not being permitted to register for future classes without the explicit permission of the program director.

Additional information.  Students, who enrolled for the first time at the College in September 2011 or thereafter, must complete the program in the form presented here.  Students who enrolled prior to that date and have consistently maintained matriculation, may choose the form shown here or the version of the program in place at their time of enrollment.

 

Credits

Required Courses                                         Subtotal: 21

Public Administration 700 Public Administration

Public Administration 702 Human Resources Management

Public Administration 704 Economic Principles for Public Administration

Public Administration 705 Organization Theory and Management

Public Administration 739 Policy Analysis

Public Administration 743 Public Sector Financial Management

Public Administration 771 MPA Capstone Seminar

 

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.

Students with an undergraduate major related to public administration and a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better may request a waiver of PAD 700 from the program director.

A course cannot be used to satisfy both a core course requirement and a specialization requirement.

 

Research Methods and Quantitative Skills       Subtotal: 6

The student must complete a course from each of the following two categories:

·          Research Methods

Public Administration 715 Research Methods in Public Administration

 

·          Quantitative Methods and Information Management

Select one of the following courses:

Public Administration 713* Management of Information and Technology

Public Administration 745 Program Development and Evaluation

Public Administration 747* Techniques in Policy Analysis 

Public Administration 770* Cases and Techniques in Quantitative Policy Analysis

 

* There is no prerequisite for PAD 747, or PAD 713.  However, computer skills and experience are assumed for all of these courses.  Students who need additional computer skills will be directed by the program director to other places in the College where skills may be obtained.  PAD 715 is a prerequisite for PAD 745 and PAD 770. Students with 12 undergraduate credits in computer courses may request a waiver of the Quantitative Methods and Information Management requirement.

 

A student may not use a course completed to fulfill this section to satisfy requirements in specialization and elective courses.

 

Specialization and Elective Courses             Subtotal: 15

Students should declare their specialization upon the completion of 12 credits.  Except where otherwise noted, students must complete three courses listed under a specialization and two elective courses selected from courses in their particular specialization or from courses in other specializations in the MPA Program in Public Policy and Administration and the MPA Program in Inspection and Oversight, or as approved by the program director.  PAD 780 (Internship), PAD 755 (Writing for Management), and a PAD 800-level course can also be used to complete the specialization.  Dual specializations are permissible if the student has fulfilled the requirements of both specializations.  Students seeking a specialization other than those described in this bulletin should consult with the program director.

·          Court Administration

This specialization prepares students for responsibilities involving policy making and administration in the courts.  Additional materials on the specialization are available from the specialization coordinator.

Required Course

Public Administration 760 Court Administration

Electives

Criminal Justice 735 Politics of the Judicial Process

Public Administration 710 The Law of Public Employment

Public Administration 713 Management of Information and Technology

Public Administration 726 The Politics and Process of Outsourcing

Public Administration 741 Administrative Law and Regulation

Public Administration 745 Program Development and Evaluation

Public Administration 758 Ethics, Integrity and Accountability

Public Administration 761 Contemporary Issues in Court Administration

Students may also fulfill requirements for this specialization with 6 credits of law courses in civil and criminal procedures.

 

·          Criminal Justice Policy and Administration

This specialization prepares students for responsibilities involving policy making and administration in criminal justice agencies.  Additional materials on the specialization are available from the specialization coordinator.

Required Courses

Criminal Justice 730/Public Administration 730 Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice (Prerequisite: PAD 715 or CRJ 715)

Public Administration 719 Delivery Systems in Justice and Urban Services

Electives

Criminal Justice 704 Probation and Parole

Criminal Justice 728 Problems in Contemporary Corrections

Criminal Justice 736 Seminar in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Criminal Justice 741 An Economic Analysis of Crime

Criminal Justice 756 Problems in Police Administration

Criminal Justice 757 The Police and the Community

Criminal Justice 750/Public Administration 750 Security of Information and Technology

Criminal Justice 761 Youth Crime and Delinquency Control

Protection Management 711 Planning and Strategy for Emergency Response

Protection Management 781 Risk Analysis and Loss Prevention

Public Administration 726 The Politics and Process of Outsourcing

Public Administration 745 Program Development and Evaluation

Public Administration 758 Ethics, Integrity and Accountability

Public Administration 760 Court Administration

Public Administration 770 Cases and Techniques in Quantitative Policy Analysis

Two additional courses are to be selected from the above list or from any of the specialization courses in the MPA Program, the MPA-Inspector General Track, or from any of the courses listed under specializations in the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program.

 

·          Emergency Management

This specialization prepares students for careers in emergency management. The concentration is designed to emphasize technology and business continuity planning, building design issues and terrorism.  The concentration has three required courses.

 

 

Required Courses

Protection Management 711 Introduction to Emergency Management

Protection Management 763 Emergency Management: Preparedness and Response

Protection Management 760 Emergency Management: Mitigation and Recovery

Electives

Protection Management 761 Technology in Emergency Management

Protection Management 762 Business Continuity Planning

Protection Management 781 Risk Analysis and Loss Prevention

Public Administration 726 The Politics and Process of Outsourcing

Fire Protection Management 703 Analysis of Building and Fire Codes

Fire Protection Management 712 Fire Detection and Protection Systems

Fire Protection Management 751 Contemporary Fire Protection Issues

Public Administration 748 Project Management

Public Administration 758 Ethics, Integrity and Accountability

 

·          Law and Public Management

Courses in this specialization may be taken at CUNY Law School at Queens College, The City University of New York, or at other law schools offering comparable courses.

Students must apply to, and be accepted at, law school while enrolled in the MPA Program, and complete their specialization while attending law school.  Subject to the approval of the program director, 12 credits of law courses concerning legal research, civil and criminal procedure, and public institutions and the law, may be transferred for credit.  Students must also pass the qualifying examination and fulfill remaining requirements for the MPA degree.  Students who have completed coursework in law school prior to enrollment in the MPA Program may apply to the program director to transfer up to 12 credits from law school toward this specialization.  Additional materials for this specialization are available from the specialization coordinator.

 

·          Human Resources Management

This specialization prepares students to assume supervisory and administrative responsibilities involving personnel management.  The specialization has two required courses.

Required Courses

Public Administration 703 Techniques and Tools of Human Resources Administration

Public Administration 707 Managing People: A Human Resources Perspective

 

Electives

Public Administration 708 Human Resources and Labor in the Public Sector

Public Administration 710 The Ethical and Legal Environment of Public Employment

Public Administration 723 Assessments, Audits and Investigations in Human Resources

Public Administration 726 The Politics and Process of  Outsourcing

 

·          Management and Operations

This concentration prepares students to assume supervisory and managerial responsibilities in operational services.  Additional materials for this specialization are available from the specialization coordinator.

Required Courses

Public Administration 712 Management Systems and Techniques in the Public Sector

Public Administration 714 Organizational Performance Assessment

Electives

Public Administration 713 Management of Information and Technology

Public Administration 716 Cases in Productive Public Management

Public Administration 718 International Public Policy and Administration

Public Administration 719 Delivery Systems in Justice and Urban Services

Public Administration 726 The Politics and Process of Outsourcing

Public Administration 745 Program Development and Evaluation

Public Administration 746 Comparative Public Administration

Public Administration 748 Project Management

Public Administration 758 Ethics, Integrity and Accountability

Public Administration 770 Cases and Techniques in Quantitative Policy Analysis

 

·          Urban Affairs

At least three courses of the five courses in this specialization are taken at the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College, The City University of New York.  Courses should be selected in consultation with a faculty adviser from each program.  The Urban Affairs courses at Hunter College cover topics such as urban development, social and economic analysis and problem solving in urban and community settings.

Total: 42