2019-2020 Graduate Bulletin

Master of Public Administration: Public Policy and Administration

Program Director: Professor Yi Lu

The mission of the Master of Public Administration Program in Public Policy and Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is to prepare students for careers in public agencies and independent organizations and to advance the study of Public Policy and Administration through scholarly and applied research and community service. The program seeks to inspire students to the highest ideals of citizenship and public service and provide them with the opportunities to acquire 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 Operation
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Urban Affairs

This program may also be completed fully online.

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 (MPAQE), which is administered as a part of PAD 700. Complete information about the MPAQE is found at the John Jay College website http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/mpa-qualifying-exam-student-guide.

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 enroll 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

PAD 700Public Administration

3

PAD 702Human Resources Management

3

PAD 704Economics for Public Administrators

3

PAD 705Organization Theory and Management

3

PAD 739Policy Analysis

3

PAD 743Public Sector Financial Management

3

PAD 771Capstone Seminar

3

Total Credit Hours:21

PAD 704: 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

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

Research Methods

PAD 715Research Methods in Public Administration

3

Quantitative Methods and Information Management

Select one of the following courses:

PAD 713Management of Information Technology

3

PAD 745Program Development and Evaluation

3

PAD 747/CRJ 747Computer Applications in Public Policy and Management

3

PAD 770Cases and Techniques in Quantitative Policy Analysis

3

Total Credit Hours:6

PAD 713, PAD 747, PAD 770: There is no prerequisite for PAD 747, PAD 713 or ACC 701. However, computer skills and experience are assumed for both 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

A three-course specialization is required. 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/CRJ 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. One course can count as an elective for two specializations with approval from the program director.

Total Credit Hours:9

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 760Court Administration

3

Electives
CRJ 735Prosecuting Crime

3

PAD 710The Ethical and Legal Environment of Public Employment

3

PAD 713Management of Information Technology

3

PAD 726The Politics and Process of Outsourcing

3

PAD 741Administrative Law and Regulation

3

PAD 745Program Development and Evaluation

3

PAD 758Ethics, Integrity and Accountability

3

PAD 761Contemporary Issues in Court Administration

3

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 730Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice

3

PAD 719Delivery Systems in Justice and Urban Services Systems

3

CRJ 730: PAD 715 or CRJ 715 is a prerequisite.

Electives
CRJ 704Probation and Parole: Theory and Practice

3

CRJ 728Critical Issues in Corrections

3

CRJ 736Seminar in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

3

CRJ 741An Economic Analysis of Crime

3

PAD 750Security of Information Technology

3

CRJ 757Police and the Community

3

CRJ 761Youth Crime and Delinquency Control

3

PMT 711Introduction to Emergency Management

3

PMT 781Risk Analysis and Loss Prevention

3

PAD 726The Politics and Process of Outsourcing

3

PAD 745Program Development and Evaluation

3

PAD 758Ethics, Integrity and Accountability

3

PAD 760Court Administration

3

PAD 770Cases and Techniques in Quantitative Policy Analysis

3

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 in 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 711Introduction to Emergency Management

3

PMT 760Emergency Management: Mitigation and Recovery

3

PMT 763Emergency Management: Preparedness

3

Electives
PMT 703Analysis of Building and Fire Codes

3

PMT 712Theory and Design of Fire Protection Systems

3

PMT 751Contemporary Fire Protection Issues

3

PMT 761Technology in Emergency Management

3

PMT 762Business Continuity Planning

3

PMT 781Risk Analysis and Loss Prevention

3

PAD 726The Politics and Process of Outsourcing

3

PAD 748Project Management

3

PAD 758Ethics, Integrity and Accountability

3

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 703Techniques and Tools of Human Resources Administration

3

PAD 707Managing People: A Human Resources Perspective

3

Electives
PAD 708Human Resources and Labor in the Public Sector

3

PAD 710The Ethical and Legal Environment of Public Employment

3

PAD 723Assessments, Audits and Investigations in Human Resources

3

PAD 726The Politics and Process of Outsourcing

3

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 712Management Systems and Techniques in the Public Sector

3

PAD 714Organizational Performance Assessment

3

Electives
PAD 713Management of Information Technology

3

PAD 716Cases in Productive Public Management

3

PAD 718International Public Policy and Administration

3

PAD 719Delivery Systems in Justice and Urban Services Systems

3

PAD 726The Politics and Process of Outsourcing

3

PAD 745Program Development and Evaluation

3

PAD 746Comparative Public Administration

3

PAD 748Project Management

3

PAD 758Ethics, Integrity and Accountability

3

PAD 770Cases and Techniques in Quantitative Policy Analysis

3

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 756Tools and Techniques of Policy Analysis

3

PAD 745Program Development and Evaluation

3

Electives
PAD 718International Public Policy and Administration

3

PAD 730Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice

3

PAD 740Public Sector Inspection and Oversight

3

PAD 747/CRJ 747Computer Applications in Public Policy and Management

3

PAD 756Tools and Techniques of Policy Analysis

3

PAD 770Cases and Techniques in Quantitative Policy Analysis

3

PMT 715Analytical Methods in Protection Management

3

CRJ 741An Economic Analysis of Crime

3

CRJU 88100Criminology and Public Policy

CRJU 84100Advanced Policy Analysis

CRJU 88100, CRJU 84100: Requires Permission of the CUNY PhD Program in Criminal Justice.

Urban Affairs

The three courses in this specialization are taken at the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College, 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.

Free Electives

Students must select two elective courses from any MPA offering.
Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 42