Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the Public Administration-Inspection and Oversight program are required to complete 42 course credits. Students also must pass the qualifying examination (MPAQE), which is administered as a part of PAD 700. Complete information about the MPAQE is found here. Students are advised to complete PAD 700 and the two other core foundation courses, PAD 702 and PAD 723, within the first 15 credits of matriculation.

Along with a 21-credit required core, students take a research methods course and fulfill a quantitative methods and information management requirement. A 3-course specialization is also required, along with 2 elective courses. Specializations are offered in the following fields:

  • Forensic Accounting
  • Organizational Assessment and Monitoring
  • International Inspection and Oversight
  • Investigation and Operational Inspection
  • Law and Inspection and Oversight
  • Justice Policy and Oversight (Honors Specialization)
  • Independent and Contractual Inspection and Oversight


Campus-based Classroom 

Both programs are offered in a traditional campus-based classroom mode. Classes take place Monday to Thursday evenings. Many courses are also offered online.


The MPA in Inspection and Oversight is also offered in a fully online format. Information on this program format is available at John Jay Online.


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.

Dual Degrees

Both programs are also offered through John Jay College's Bachelor’s/Master’s combined program. Either MPA program is combined with the Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration or Criminal Justice Management. Admission is highly competitive. Information on this program format is available here

*There is no executive or fast-track program format.

For a complete list of program requirements, please see this program’s entry in the Graduate Bulletin.

Enrollments, Placements, and Completion Rates

During Fall 2015, 742 students were enrolled in the two programs. 85% of our students are part-time students. For the Fall 2009 admissions cohort, 22% of the students graduated within two years, and 59% graduated within four years. Based on our 2013 survey of students, 86% of students are employed: 46% within federal, state, or local government; 15% in the nonprofit or independent sector; and 25% in the private sector. For more information, click here.

Additional Information

Additional information for current students is updated in the MPA Newsletter.

Internships: Information about internship opportunities and placements is available at the MPA Newsletter.

For a complete list of program requirements and courses, see the program’s entry in the Graduate Bulletin.