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
- Public Policy Analysis
- Urban Affairs
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.
Required Courses Subtotal: 21
PAD 700 Public Administration
PAD 702 Human Resources Management
PAD 704 Economics for Public Administration
PAD 705 Organization Theory and Management
PAD 739 Policy Analysis
PAD 743 Public Sector Financial Management
PAD 771 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.
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:
PAD 715 Research Methods in Public Administration
Quantitative Methods and Information Management
Select one of the following courses:
PAD 713* Management of Information and Technology
PAD 745 Program Development and Evaluation
PAD 747/CRJ 747* Computer Applications in Policy Analysis
PAD 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
A three-course specialization is required, along with two elective courses. Students should declare a specialization upon the completion of 12 credits. Except where otherwise noted, students must complete a specialization by completing three courses designated for the specialization including each course designated as required. PAD 780 (Internship), PAD 755 (Writing for Management), and a PAD 800-level course can also be used to complete any specialization, but may not substitute for a course required for the specialization.
Dual specializations are permissible if the student fulfills the requirements of both specializations.
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.
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.
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.
Human Resources Management
This specialization prepares students to assume supervisory and administrative responsibilities involving personnel management. The specialization has two required courses.
Law and Public Management
Students enrolled in the MPA program in Public Policy and Administration may complete the Law and Public Management specialization by completing three courses at the CUNY Law School. Students should contact the specialization advisor for guidance and assistance.
Students may also complete this specialization while attending law school. Students must apply to, and be accepted at, law school while enrolled in the MPA Program in Public Policy and Administration, and complete their specialization while attending law school. Subject to the approval of the program director, 9 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 MPA Qualifying Examination and the Capstone Course and fulfill remaining requirements for the MPA degree. Students who have completed coursework in law school prior to enrollment in the MPA Program in Public Policy and Administration may apply to the program director to transfer up to 12 credits from law school toward this concentration.
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.
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.
Public Policy Analysis
This specialization provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills in policy analysis and evaluation by examining analytical techniques, substantive policy issues and their impacts.
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 the specialization advisor. 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 Program: 42
See the Graduate Bulletin for a detailed listing of courses for each specialization.
Click here for the Graduate Bulletin.