Graduation and Accreditation

Standard Eligibility

The John Jay College MPA Program is eligible for peer review and accreditation by COPRA and is applying for such at this time. MPA Program faculty are committed to the use of peer review procedures to assess the educational quality of the Program.

Standard Institutional Accreditation

John Jay College of Criminal Justice is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The date of the College’s most recent accreditation was 1993; the five-year Periodic Review took place in 1998. Accreditation by the Middle States Association included the MPA offcampus program offered by the College at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Standard Professional Education 

A.  Leadership and management objective

The John Jay College MPA Program seeks to prepare students to be effective managers and leaders who are possessed with conceptual insight, factual knowledge, practical skills, and attitudinal readiness for leadership. The Program is, and always has been, dedicated to professional education for management and leadership roles in administration and the faculty has always been recruited to serve this purpose. Most full time faculty members have had practical experience in public service and all maintain contacts with the professional public administration community. The Program also insures that students will have contact with real life experiences by selectively hiring adjunct faculty members who are practicing managers and leaders in their fields.  With John Jay College located in the heart of New York City, there is a large pool of adjuncts from whom to choose.  For example, adjuncts in the MPA Program come from the United Nations, the Office of the New York City Comptroller, the Office of the New York State Comptroller, and the Office of the New York State Inspector General.

The MPA curriculum has been designed according to NASPAA guidelines to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for the effective practice of management in the public sector. The Program provides students with computer and technological skills that are increasingly central to the effective administration of public sector organizations. Core courses provide a basic and thorough approach to public sector organizational dynamics and the policy environment in which managers in the public sector operate. Students are also required to select an area of specialization, in which they will acquire more in-depth skills in a particular functional area—skills that are critical in managerial and leadership positions. Beyond mastery of knowledge and skills, the Program seeks to instill in students the ethical values relevant to leadership and management in public administration.

B.  Degree specification

The John Jay College Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program is the degree program applying for review and accreditation. The review will not encompass the other masters degree programs offered by John Jay College.  Each of these programs is targeted to a special audience and has a special mission which is fundamentally different from that of the MPA Program. They are:

the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice; the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology; the Master of Science in Forensic Science; and the Master of Science in Protection Management.

Standard Program Length

The Master of Public Administration Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice will begin its thirty-fourth year of operation in September, 2000. The first John Jay College Master of Public Administration degree students were admitted to the Program in September 1967, and the first John Jay College Master of Public Administration degree was awarded in February 1968 (for a transfer student who had completed a substantial part of his coursework at Baruch College of the City University of New York). Students who pursue the Master of Public Administration degree primarily at the West Point site were first admitted to the Program in September 1984. The first John Jay College Master of Public Administration Degrees for graduates of the West Point Program were awarded as of September, 1986.

Student Memberships


The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities worldwide, by working with its members to identify and encourage adoption of local government practices to improve the lives of people. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data, and technical assistance to city, town, and county chief administrative officers and their staff.

Student Benefits:

  • Access to local government professionals at different stages of their careers to share experiences and help you land your first job.
  • Networking with your colleagues through the Who’s Who online membership directory.
  • Access to Job ads in the weekly Leadership Matters newsletter and in the ICMA JobCenter.
  • Complimentary registration to ICMA’s Annual Conference.
  • Over 5,000 online webinars, podcasts, articles, case studies, reports, and sample local government documents.
  • An online subscription to Public Management Magazine.
  • Access to the members-only online discussion groups.

Student Cost: $25 or free with chapter


The American Society for Public Administration’s (ASPA) mission is to advance excellence in public service. It serves as the critical bridge between public administration scholarship and practitioners in the field. All of it’s services and programs are geared toward supporting the Society’s goal to advance the art, science, teaching and practice of public and nonprofit administration. It’s leaders and members promote the value of joining and elevating the public service profession, build connections among all who pursue public purposes at home and internationally, provide networking and professional development opportunities to those committed to public service values, and achieve innovative solutions to the challenges of governance.

Student Benefits:

  • Networking: The most important benefit we can offer you is the ability to connect with your peers, both in your geographic area as well as within your part of the discipline. Local Chapters, topic-based Sections and our national Annual Conference offer you in-person and digital ways to connect with other public administrators, on your own time and in your own way.
  • PAR: Public Administration Review is the most prominent public administration journal in the field. Membership with ASPA gives you automatic access to the journal as well as its online archives.
  • Professional Development: ASPA offers year-round e-learning so you can stay informed about a wide range of subjects. We also provide an Annual Conference that gives you access to pre-eminent scholarship within the discipline. Choose one, choose both – either way you’ll receive the education you need to stay up-to-date.
  • PA TIMES: This hard-copy and online publication provides the public administration community with weekly and quarterly news, articles and columns on a variety of issues. Click here for in-depth information about this benefit.

Student Cost: $60/year


APPAM is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education.

Student Benefits:

  • Fall Research Conference Student Programming: Series of student sessions at the Fall Research Conference from a variety of professional fields to provide students with career advice.
  • Access to the job board
  • Mentor matching program
  • Access to podcasts and webinars
  • Opportunity to present student research at regional student conferences
  • Receive dedicated monthly newsletter

Student Cost: $40/year


The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) is dedicated to the advancement of black public leadership in local and state governments. It is an independent, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1983. Its members are leaders and public managers in more than 350 jurisdictions nationwide. Student membership is open to all full-time MPA students.

Student Benefits:

  • Receive an NFBPA Membership Card and Lapel Pin
  • Gain access to a Member Directory
  • Qualify for membership in local NFBPA chapters
  • Qualify for discounted conference registration fees
  • Gain access to the members-only section of the Web site
  • Post a resume and view current position openings in public administration, and access other valuable resources available only to members
  • Contribute your ideas and experience to the development and implementation of improvements in the practice of public administration.

Student Cost: $35/year