MPA in Public Policy and Administration

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
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • 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

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:

Research Methods

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 has fulfilled the requirements of both specializations.

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

PAD 760 Court Administration

Electives

CRJ 735 Prosecuting Crime
PAD 710 The Ethical and Legal Environment of Public Employment 
PAD 713 Management of Information Technology 
PAD 726 The Politics and Process of Outsourcing 
PAD 741 Administrative Law and Regulation 
PAD 745 Program Development and Evaluation 
PAD 758 Ethics, Integrity and Accountability 
PAD 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

CRJ 730 Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice (Prerequisite: PAD 715 or CRJ 715) 
PAD 719 Delivery Systems in Justice and Urban Services

Electives

CRJ 704 Probation and Parole: Theory and Practice
CRJ 728 Critical Issues in Corrections 
CRJ 736 Seminar in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 
CRJ 741 An Economic Analysis of Crime 
CRJ 750/PAD 750 Security of Information and Technology 
CRJ 757 Police and the Community 
CRJ 761 Youth Crime and Delinquency Control 
PMT 711 Introduction to Emergency Management
PMT 781 Risk Analysis and Loss Prevention 
PAD 726 The Politics and Process of Outsourcing 
PAD 745 Program Development and Evaluation 
PAD 758 Ethics, Integrity and Accountability 
PAD 760 Court Administration 
PAD 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 in Public Policy and Administration Program, the MPA Inspection and Oversight Program, 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

PMT 711 Introduction to Emergency Management
PMT 760 Emergency Management: Mitigation and Recovery
PMT 763 Emergency Management: Preparedness

Electives

PMT Analysis of Building and Fire Codes
PMT 712 Theory and Design of Fire Protection Systems
PMT 751 Contemporary Fire Protection Issues 
PMT 761 Technology in Emergency Management 
PMT 762 Business Continuity Planning 
PMT 781 Risk Analysis and Loss Prevention 
PAD 726 The Politics and Process of Outsourcing 
PAD 748 Project Management
PAD 758 Ethics, Integrity and Accountability

Human Resources Management

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

Required Courses

PAD 703 Techniques and Tools of Human Resources Administration 
PAD 707 Managing People: A Human Resources Perspective

Electives

PAD 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

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.

Required Courses

PAD 712 Management Systems and Techniques in the Public Sector 
PAD 714 Organizational Performance Assessment

Electives

PAD 713 Management of Information and Technology 
PAD 716 Cases in Productive Public Management 
PAD 718 International Public Policy and Administration 
PAD 719 Delivery Systems in Justice and Urban Services 
PAD 726 The Politics and Process of Outsourcing 
PAD 745 Program Development and Evaluation 
PAD 746 Comparative Public Administration 
PAD 748 Project Management  
PAD 758 Ethics, Integrity and Accountability   
PAD 770 Cases and Techniques in Quantitative Policy Analysis

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.

Required Courses

PAD 745 Program Development and Evaluation
PAD 756 Tools and Techniques of Policy Analysis

Electives

PAD 718 International Public Policy and Administration
PAD 730 Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice
PAD 740 Public Sector Inspection and Oversight
PAD 747/CRJ 747 Computer Applications in Public Policy and Management
PAD 756 Tools and Techniques of Policy Analysis
PAD 770 Cases and Techniques in Quantitative Policy Analysis
PMT 715 Analytical Methods in Protection Management
CRJ 741 An Economic Analysis of Crime
CRJU 84100 Advanced Policy Analysis
CRJU 88100 Criminology and Public Policy

Note: Enrolling in CRJU84100 or CRJU 88100 requires permission from the CUNY PhD Program in Criminal Justice

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 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