MPA Information

John Jay College of Criminal Justice offers two Master of Public Administration programs. Both programs require 42 credits of graduate study, and both are accredited by NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

MPA Programs in Policy and Administration (PPA), and Inspection and Oversight (IO)

The MPA-PPA and MPA-IO programs at John Jay College of Criminal Justice equip future public servants with the knowledge, skills, and leadership experiences necessary for the advancement of integrity, accountability, inclusiveness, and justice in society and governance. The programs celebrate the diversity of our students, including those underrepresented in the leadership of public service.

The programs share common foundation courses, and a student admitted to one program can transfer to the other program without special approval or application fees.

The programs are offered in several formats and venues.

Campus-based Classroom 

Both programs are offered in a traditional campus-based classroom mode. Classes take place Monday-Thursday evenings. Many courses are also offered 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 at the Army Education Center at 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. Courses are offered face-to-face in classrooms, and online.


Both MPA programs are offered in a fully-online format. Information on this program format is available at John Jay Online.

Dual Degrees

Both programs are also offered through John Jay College’s Bachelors/Masters combined program (BS/MPA). 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.

The MPA in Inspection and oversight can be completed as part of a  JD/MPA dual degree program with the CUNY law school. Information about this program option is available here: JD/MPA in Law and Public Accountability.

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

Additional Information

Admission Criteria: Information about admission criteria is available at Admissions.

Faculty: Information about full-faculty in the program is provided in the sidebar adjacent to this article.

Tuition and Fees: Information about tuition and fees is available at Tuition and Fees.

Financial Aid: Information about Financial Aid is available at Financial Aid. Additional information about financial support offered through the Differential Tuition program is available at the MPA Newsletter.

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

Enrollments: During Fall 2019 there were 757  students in the two programs. 94% of our students are part-time students.

Graduation and Persistence Rates: These rates are based on students admitted in Fall 2014.

Students Campus Students MPA in Inspection and Oversight Online Students
Students Initially Enrolled in Fall 2014 214 33
Graduated within 2 years 111 14
Graduated with 3 years 126 18
Graduated with 4 years 126 20
Total Graduated or Continuing 144 23

Spring and Summer 2019 MPA Post-Graduation Employment Data

Employment Placements: 142 of our students received MPA degrees during the spring and summer 2019 semesters. A survey from the graduating cohort produced 110 responses from that group. Thus, there were 32 unknown placements. Of those who have responded to the survey, 91% of the graduates are employed.

A breakdown of Employed Graduates is below:

Category of Employment Percent
City, county, local government 34%
Non-profit domestic-oriented 23%
Private sector (research/consulting) 19%
Federal government 10%
Private sector (not research/not consulting) 7%
State, provincial, regional government 5%
Obtaining further education 2%
Total 100%



Student Demographics (AY2019-2020)

a. Out-of-state students:                   9%

b. International students:                 2%

c. Female students:                           61%

d. Part-time students:                      94%

e. Persons of diversity:                     78%



Advising: Appointments with advisors can be scheduled here at MPA Advising.