2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin

Master of Public Administration: Inspection and Oversight

Program Director: Professor William Pammer, Jr.

The mission of the Master of Public Administration in Inspection and Oversight Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is to prepare students for public service careers in inspection and oversight organizations and to advance the study of Public Administration through scholarly and applied research and community service. The program seeks to inspire students to the highest ideals of citizenship and public service, reinforced by a commitment to accountability, transparency, and equity. The program offers students opportunities to acquire professional and political knowledge and skills, based on academic studies, public service experience and partnerships with faculty in scholarly endeavors.

Specializations are offered in the following fields:

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

This program may also be completed fully online.

Degree Requirements

Students enrolled in the MPA in Inspection and Oversight Program are required to complete 42 course credits. Students are also required to pass the qualifying examination (MPAQE), which is administered as a part of PAD 700.  Complete information about the MPAQE may be found at the John Jay College website at http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/mpa-qualifying-exam-student-guide. Students are advised to complete PAD 700 and two other core foundation courses, PAD 706 and PAD 723, within the first 15 credits of matriculation.  Failure to complete any of the requirements described in the paragraph above will 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 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 (The Master of Public Administration Inspector-General Track) in place at their time of enrollment.

Required Courses

PAD 700Public Administration

3

PAD 706Bureaupathology

3

PAD 723Assessments, Audits and Investigations in Human Resources

3

PAD 740Public Sector Inspection and Oversight

3

PAD 742Public Sector Accounting and Auditing

3

PAD 758Ethics, Integrity and Accountability

3

PAD 771Capstone Seminar

3

Total Credit Hours:21

Note: No course can be used to satisfy a foundation requirement and a specialization requirement. Students may substitute PAD 702 for PAD 723 and PAD 705 for PAD 706.

Research Methods and Quantitative Skills

Students must complete a course from each of the following categories:

Research Methods

PAD 715Research Methods in Public Administration

3

Quantitative Methods and Information Management

Select one course:
PAD 713Management of Information Technology

3

PAD 745Program Development and Evaluation

3

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

3

PAD 767Analytical Methods in Health Care Auditing and Investigation

3

PAD 770Cases and Techniques in Quantitative Policy Analysis

3

Total Credit Hours:6

*There is no course prerequisite for PAD 747 or PAD 713. However, computer skills and experience are assumed for 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 or CRJ 715 is a prerequisite for PAD 745, PAD 767, and PAD 770.

*PAD 767 Analytical Methods in Health Care Auditing and Investigation is required for the Inspection and Oversight of Health Services specialization.

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

Select one specialization:

Forensic Accounting

This specialization prepares students for careers in forensic accounting or financial investigation. It is intended for students who seek to complete the Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting.

ACC 701 Analytical Methods in Inspection and Oversight must be completed as the second Research Methods and Quantitative Methods course. ACC 710 Advanced Financial Reporting must be substituted for PAD 742.

Required Courses: Select Three
ACC 702Strategic Cost Management

3

ACC 703Advanced Taxation

3

ACC 705Forensic Accounting and Auditing

3

ACC 720Advanced Auditing with Analytical Applications

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Completing the Advanced Certificate:

Each student who is admitted to the Advanced Certificate Program will be provided an Official Program of Study, signed by the MPA in Inspection and Oversight Program Director, the Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting Director, and the Director of Graduate Admissions, specifying the student’s program requirements, and specifying how the student’s course of study satisfies the CPA 150 requirements.

Independent and Contractual Inspection and Oversight

This specialization examines inspection and oversight by private and non-governmental organizations, usually acting as agents of public officials, agencies or authorities, focusing on governmentally or judicially authorized contracts, regulations or settlements. Examples include independent private sector inspections general (IPSIGs), and court-appointed or contractually-mandated monitors.

Required Courses
PAD 731Oversight by Independent, Regulatory and Political Authorities

3

Electives
CRJ 754/PAD 754Investigative Techniques

3

PAD 701Fraud, Abuse, Waste and Corruption

3

PAD 706Bureaupathology

3

PAD 726The Politics and Process of Outsourcing

3

PAD 732The Independent Sector: Contemporary Issues in Nonprofits and Philanthropy

3

PAD 745Program Development and Evaluation

3

PAD 749Public Sector Accounting and Auditing II

3

Inspection and Oversight of Health Services

This specialization examines how inspection and oversight are conducted in health care organizations. 

Note: Students in this specialization must take PAD 767 as their required quantitative methods course in addition to the three required courses below. 

PAD 763Public Health Policy and Administration

3

PAD 764Health Services Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

3

PAD 766Inspection and Oversight of Health Care Delivery

3

Students may complete their two program electives by taking Public Health courses in the CUNY School of Public Health. 

Students should contact MPA Advising for information about recommended courses and ePermit procedures.

International Inspection and Oversight

This specialization examines how inspection and oversight are conducted in international and multinational contexts.

This specialization has two required courses.

Required Courses
PAD 718International Public Policy and Administration

3

PAD 772International Inspection and Oversight

3

Electives
CRJ 744Terrorism and Politics

3

PAD 759Public Oversight of Policing

3

CRJ 774Immigration and Crime

3

CRJ 779The Female Offender in Western Society

3

PAD 746Comparative Public Administration

3

Investigation and Operational Inspection

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

Required Courses
CRJ 754/PAD 754Investigative Techniques

3

PAD 701Fraud, Abuse, Waste and Corruption

3

Electives
CRJ 739Crime Mapping

3

CRJ 751Crime Scene Investigation

3

PAD 706Bureaupathology

3

PAD 710The Ethical and Legal Environment of Public Employment

3

PAD 726The Politics and Process of Outsourcing

3

PAD 732The Independent Sector: Contemporary Issues in Nonprofits and Philanthropy

3

PAD 745Program Development and Evaluation

3

PAD 749Public Sector Accounting and Auditing II

3

PAD 759Public Oversight of Policing

3

Justice Policy Analysis (Honors Specialization)

This specialization prepares students as policy analysts in justice and inspection/oversight contexts. Admission is limited to students with a GPA of 3.5 or above, a grade of 3.5 or above in PAD 715, and GREV and GREQ scores comparable to those required by the CUNY Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice. Courses are completed in the Policy, Oversight and Administration (CRJPOA) Track of the CUNY Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice, or in cross-listed John Jay College graduate course sections. Students already admitted to the CRJPOA track who seek the MPA degree may satisfy their MPA specialization with doctoral-level versions of these courses. Student who complete these courses and who are subsequently admitted to the CRJPOA track may satisfy CRJPOA course requirements with these courses.

Required Courses
CRJU 88100/PAD 881  Criminology and Public Policy  3
CRJU 84100/PAD 841 Advanced Policy Analysis 3
PAD 770 Cases and Techniques in Quantitative Policy Analysis  3

Law and Inspection and Oversight

This specialization prepares students to apply management and policy concepts and skills in a legal environment.

Required Courses
PAD 741Administrative Law and Regulation

3

Electives

At least 6 credits of law courses completed at the CUNY Law School or other law schools.

Law Courses during MPA Studies:

Students enrolled in the MPA Program in Public Policy and Administration may complete the Law and Public Management specialization by completing nine credits of courses approved by the MPA Program Director. The course will concern legal research, criminal and civil procedure, and/or public institutions and the law.

The CUNY Law School will permit John Jay MPA students – who meet academic qualifications noted below – to register for CUNY Law courses, from among those specified in a “advising list” available from the Specialization Advisor, Professor Dan Feldman (dfeldman@jjay.cuny.edu). To be permitted to take classes at CUNY Law School, an MPA student must have maintained a GPA of at least 3.5 and have completed PAD 741, Administrative Law, with a grade of A or A-.

Law Courses from Law School:

Students may also complete this specialization while attending law school after partially completing the MPA at John Jay. Students must apply to, and by accepted at, law school while enrolled in the MPA Program in Inspection and Oversight, and complete their specialization while attending law school. Subject to the approval of the program director, 12 credits of law courses concerning legal research, civil and criminal procedure, and other topics related to inspection and oversight, may be transferred for credit. Students must also pass the MPA Qualifying Examination and the Capstone Course and fulfill any other remaining requirements for the MPA degree. Students who have completed coursework in law school prior to enrollment in the MPA Program in Inspection and Oversight may apply to the program director to transfer up to 12 credits from law school toward this concentration. Courses in either version of 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.

Organizational Assessment and Monitoring

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

Required Courses
PAD 714Organizational Performance Assessment

3

PAD 745Program Development and Evaluation

3

Electives
PAD 701Fraud, Abuse, Waste and Corruption

3

PAD 726The Politics and Process of Outsourcing

3

PAD 731Oversight by Independent, Regulatory and Political Authorities

3

PAD 732The Independent Sector: Contemporary Issues in Nonprofits and Philanthropy

3

PAD 741Administrative Law and Regulation

3

PAD 748Project Management

3

PAD 749Public Sector Accounting and Auditing II

3

PAD 759Public Oversight of Policing

3

PAD 770Cases and Techniques in Quantitative Policy Analysis

3

Free Electives

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

Total Credit Hours: 42