of Public Administration Inspector General (MPA IG) Program is
a track of the MPA Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
This track is unique among MPA and Public Policy programs nationally
because it concentrates on the assessment and oversight of performance
and integrity in public and independent agencies.
Online MPA IG Program is envisioned by the College, in a collaboration
with the Association of Inspectors General, as a national program
targeted to professionals working with inspection and oversight
agencies, and also targeted to students who aspire to work in
inspection and oversight agencies across the nation, and eventually
around the world.
courses are primarily offered online, face-to-face meetings for
selected classes will be offered in conjunction with Association
of Inspector General meetings. The sessions will take place immediately
before and during Association Fall and/or Spring conferences.
The MPA IG
Program, as it exists as a track within John Jay’s MPA program,
is a 42 credit program consisting of nine core courses, three
specialization courses, and two elective courses.
The core courses
focus on the foundations of public policy and public administration
as a field, as well as the foundations of the field of inspection
and oversight as relating to its standards of accounting and auditing,
principles of public accounting and forensic accounting, techniques
of investigation, inspection, and assessed, and fundamentals of
ethics and integrity public service.
specializations are offered in the campus-based program (inspection
and operational investigation, forensic financial analysis, program
evaluation and assessment, and international inspection and oversight)
the on-line program is initially envisioned to offer only the
inspection and operational investigation specialization for the
first year or two. Depending upon demand, additional specializations
will be considered.
delivery plan involves offering three courses per semester over
a sequence of four semesters over two years. The course offering
plan is in the adjacent panel, including the names of the faculty
members who will be the primary instructors.
two elective courses must be completed. This requirement may be
satisfied in the following ways:
- The program
will offer an online course in the summer of enrollment demand
may complete an online course offered through the campus-based
may transfer a graduate course completed at another academic
institution either before or during matriculation in the National
Online MPA-IG Program.
may complete a certification course offered by the Association
of Inspectors General, such as the Certified Inspector General
course. This option is under development and will be available
based on finalization of an external credit agreement between
the College and the Association.
expected to consistently participate in online instruction for
each of the 15 weeks of the academic semester. In addition, students
are required to travel to the a designated conference of the Association
of Inspectors General once during each academic year while the
student is matriculated in the program.
the Association’s conferences take place during November
and May, and the conference’s take place at locations around
the United States. During the day immediately before the first
day of the conference, and the morning of the first day of the
conference, students will attend face to face class meetings with
the faculty for the course which they are enrolled in. In these
face-to-face classroom sessions, students will also be expected
to complete certain assessments where the identity of the student
must be assured.
and Registration Rules
is a summary of rules relating to matriculation and course registration.
in the online courses offered through the Online MPA IG Program
is limited to students who are admitted to study in the Online
MPA IG Program.
in the Online MPA IG Program may transfer up to four graduate
courses (12 credits) outside of the Online MPA IG Program, provided
that the courses are determined by the MPA Director to equate
to the courses within the Online MPA IG Program for which substitutions
would be made.
admitted to the Online MPA IG Program may also complete up to
4 courses offered as campus-based John Jay College courses,
provided that the total number of transferred courses and campus-based
courses does not exceed 4. For example, a student could complete
PAD 742 as a campus-based course in place of the Online MPA
IG Program course.
- In the
event that an out-of-state student in the Online MPA IG Program
registers for a campus-based course, the out-of-state tuition
would apply. Furthermore, out-of-state students are not required
to satisfy the NY State immunization verification policy. However,
if the out-of-state student decides to register for a campus-based
course, the immunization proof will be necessary.
in the John Jay College campus-based MPA Program may apply for
admission to the Online MPA IG Program. However, if admitted,
such students would be permitted to apply no more than four
courses (12 credits) of campus-based courses to the Online MPA
in the Online MPA IG Program may register for fewer than three
courses in a particular semester, but this may lengthen the
number of semesters necessary to complete the program.
is a summary of twelve of the fourteen courses offered to satisfy
the requirements of the program. Two additional elective courses
must also be completed, and options for accomplishing this are explained
in the adjacent panel.
includes an illustrative list of topics covered in each course.
The sequence and selection of courses may be adjusted as the program
One Fall Semester
700 Public Administration
the field of public administration.
political, economic, cultural, and historical perspectives on
current issues facing the profession. Access the scholarly literature
of the field.
the inventory of skills that students must master in order to
complete the MPA Program.
701 Fraud, Waste and Abuse
the nature and prevalence of fraud, abuse, waste and corruption.
political, economic, legal and philosophical perspectives.
approaches to investigating, monitoring, deterring and controlling
723 Assessments, Audits and Investigations in Human Resources
purposes and techniques of assessment, audit, and investigation
in the human resources context.
will learn to how determine the current and future needs of employees
and organizations using needs assessments.
specialized audits relating to affirmative action, ADA, and general
standards and practices relating to case documentation, claimant
and subject interviews, and report writing.
One Spring Semester
theories of organizational structure and behavior.
corruption, waste, favoritism, excessive secrecy, arbitrary and
illegal exercises of power and other “pathologies”
the organizational situations and social contexts conducive to
departures from the laws, rules and regulations that define the
mission of an agency.
the remedial and preventative actions available to elected officials,
organizational managers, line employees
and clients, customers and citizens.
740 Public Sector Inspection and Oversight
the role and function of inspection and oversight in the public,
independent and private sectors.
the standards of practice in the field.
techniques of internal investigation, policy oversight, operational
auditing and the auditor-agency relationship.
methods of fraud monitoring and prevention.
715 Research Methods
the logic and techniques of research, evaluation and quantitative
analysis in public administration.
the concepts of measurement and data collection, approaches to
the presentation of quantitative information, and designs for
policy research and operational analysis.
the application of research methods in inspection and oversight
such as sampling of cases and construction of performance indices.
- A prerequisite
to this course is an undergraduate course in statistics. Students
who have not completed such a course should make arrangements
to complete one at a local college or university.
course to be determined
Two Fall Semester
713 Management of Information and Technology
technologies for case management .
standards and assessment methods to determine the information
legal requirements for information security and privacy.
data-mining and related technologies for risk assessment and evidence
742 Public Sector Accounting and Auditing
the principles of accounting and the techniques of auditing for
governmental and not-for-profit agencies.
GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles), summary financial
statements, and financial audit guidelines.
accounting reform and electronic auditing.
758 Ethics for Public Administration
the role of ethics in the public service.
ethical issues through the use of case studies and critical incidents.
codes of ethics and other policies designed to guarantee that
public officials and employees faithfully discharge their duties
and fulfill their fiduciary obligations to the public.
Two Spring Semester
749 Public Sector Accounting and Auditing II
- A second
course in forensic accounting and auditing, with emphasis on the
audit of financial statements.
include methods and
skills associated with auditing, including report writing, sampling
and analytical tests and risk assessment.
attention is given to
methods of examination relating to prevention and detection of
754 Investigative Techniques
techniques for the discovery and documentation of corrupt practices
politics and administration.
the public employee’s obligations and rights and of the
laws and regulations governing criminal investigations.
case studies of white-collar crimes
and scandals involving public officials.
771 Capstone Seminar
knowledge and skills from MPA-IG studies to a project
a structured assignment which is assessed by a panel of faculty
- See the
Guidelines for more information about this project.