Inspector General Track

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William Devine
wdevine@jjay.cuny.edu

Fay Williams
fwilliams@jjay.cuny.edu

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Questions or comments with respect to the information presented on this webpage should be directed to Janice Carrington.

IG Track Director: Professor Warren Benton

The traditional Master of Public Administration Program prepares students for public service within agencies as managers, analysts and policy specialists.  The Master of Public Administration-Inspector General Program prepares students to apply the core disciplines and perspectives of public administration from an oversight perspective. 

The 42-credit Inspector General curriculum, while sharing many of the traditional MPA program courses, puts greater emphasis on auditing and accounting in its core curriculum, and has concentrations related to inspection and oversight.  Students in this program are prepared for careers involving the assessment of performance of public agencies, and as managers in public and not-for-profit organizations with auditing, oversight and investigative responsibilities.  Concentrations are offered in the following fields:


Program details:

Degree Requirements
Required Courses
Specialization and Elective Courses


Fiscal Policy Analysis and Oversight
This concentration prepares students for professional careers in investigating financial related crimes.  The concentration has two required courses.

Required Courses
Public Administration 701 Fraud, Waste and Corruption
Public Administration 749 Public Sector Accounting and Auditing

Electives
Criminal Justice 753 Investigating Cybercrime
Public Administration 706 Bureaupathology
Public Administration 731 Oversight by Independent, Regulatory and Political Authorities
Public Administration 741 Administrative Law and Regulation
Public Administration 745 Program Development and Evaluation
Public Administration 770 Cases and Techniques in Quantitative Policy Analysis

 

International Inspection and Oversight

This specialization examines how inspection an oversight are conducted in international and multi-national contexts.  This specialization has two required courses.

Required Courses

Public Administration 718 International Public Policy and Administration
Public Administration 772 International Inspection and Oversight

Electives

Criminal Justice 744 Terrorism and Politics
Criminal Justice 759 Comparative Police Administration
Criminal Justice 774 Immigration and Crime
Criminal Justice 779 The Female Offender in Western Society
Public Administration 758 Comparative Public Administration

Investigation and Operational Inspection
This concentration prepares students for responsibilities involving the investigation and inspection of individual and organization conduct and performance in public agencies, with an emphasis on fraud, waste and abuse.  The specialization has two required courses.

Required Courses
Criminal Justice 754/Public Administration 754 Investigative Techniques
Public Administration 701 Fraud, Abuse, Waste and Corruption

Electives
Criminal Justice 739 Crime Mapping
Criminal Justice 751 Crime Scene Investigation
Public Administration 706 Bureaupathology
Public Administration 710 The Law of Public Employment
Public Administration 745 Program Development and Evaluation
Public Administration 749 Public Sector Accounting and Auditing II (Prerequisite: PAD 742)


Organizational Assessment and Monitoring
This specialization prepares students to assess, evaluate and monitor the performance of public and not-for-profit agencies.  The concentration is particularly appropriate for students interested in professional careers in performance auditing and regulation.  This concentration has two required courses.

Required Courses
Public Administration 714 Organizational Performance
Public Administration 745 Program Development and Evaluation

Electives
Public Administration 701 Fraud, Abuse, Waste and Corruption
Public Administration 731 Oversight by Independent, Regulatory and Political Authorities
Public Administration 741 Administrative Law and Regulation


Degree Requirements
Students enrolled in the Master of Public Administration-Inspector General Program are required to complete 42 course credits. Students are also required to pass the preliminary examination, which includes material associated with PAD 700, PAD 702 and PAD 705. Students are required to register for these three foundation courses within their first 15 credits of coursework, and to take the foundations examination no later than the end of the semester following completion of the three courses.

The examination is given twice during the academic year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Fall examinations are administered in early October; spring examinations are administered in early March.

Additional information. Students who enroll for the first time at the College in September 2007 or thereafter must complete the program in the form presented in this bulletin. 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.

Required Courses                                                                 Subtotal: 6 credits
Public Administration 700 Public Administration
Public Administration 702 Human Resources Management
Public Administration 705 Organization Theory and Management
Public Administration 740 Public Sector Inspection and Oversight
Public Administration 742 Public Sector Accounting and Auditing (Prerequisite: PAD 740)
Public Administration 758 Ethics, Integrity and Accountability
Public Administration 771 MPA Capstone Seminar

Students with an undergraduate public administration major and a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better may request a waiver of PAD 700 from the program director.
No course can be used to satisfy a foundation requirement and a specialization requirement.


Research Methods and Quantitative Skills
Subtotal: 6 credits
Students must complete a course from each of the following categories:

Research Methods
Public Administration 715  Research Methods in Public Administration
Quantitative Methods and Information Management
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 course prerequisite for PAD 747, PAD 770 or PAD 713.  However, computer skills and experience are assumed for both PAD 770 and PAD 713.  Students who need additional computer skills will be directed by the program director to other places in the College where they may be obtained.  PAD 715 is a prerequisite for PAD 745.

Specialization and Elective Courses                                       Subtotal: 15credits
Students should declare their specialization upon the completion of 12 credits.  Except where otherwise noted, students must complete three courses associated with a specific specialization and two elective courses selected from courses in their particular specialization or from courses in other specializations in the MPA Program, the MPA-Inspector General Program or as approved by the program director.  These two elective courses may include PAD 780 (Fieldwork), PAD 755 (Writing for Management) and PAD 800 courses as approved by the program director.  Dual specializations are permissible if the student has fulfilled the requirements of both specializations.