Curriculum Illustration for the MPA IG Program

December 8, 2012

The program of study for each student will depend on the master’s courses completed and on the student’s academic and research objectives. The following is an illustration of how a current student in John Jay’s MPA Inspector General Program might integrate MPA IG studies with doctoral studies, so as to complete both degrees within 60 credits of coursework.

Required MPA Inspector General Core Courses

The student would complete the  following courses, which are the required core courses for the MPA Inspector General Program.

  • PAD 700 Public Administration                                                         3
  • PAD 702 Human Resources Management                                      3
  • PAD 705 Organization Theory and Management                         3
  • PAD 740 Public Sector Inspection and Oversight                       3
  • PAD 742 Public Sector Accounting and Auditing                        3
  • PAD 758 Ethics, Integrity and Accountability                              3
  • PAD 771 MPA Capstone Seminar                                                        3
  • Total Credits for MPA IG core courses                               21


The student would complete some of these courses these courses before entering the doctoral program, and some while in the doctoral program.

Required Doctoral Core Courses

The student would complete the following required core courses for the doctoral program.

  • CRJ 70100  Survey of Research Methods in CRJ Justice           4
  • CRJ 70500  Survey of CRJ Process and Policy I                            4
  • CRJ 70000  Survey of Quantitative Methods in CRJ I                 4
  • CRJ 70600  Survey of CRJ Process and Policy II                          4
  • CRJ 70800  Criminology and Public Policy                                     3
  • CRJ 70700  Advanced Policy Analysis                                             3
  • Total credits for required doctoral core courses         22

The student would take these courses after admission to the doctoral program, and during some semesters also take some of the MPA IG courses.

MPA Research Methods and Quantitative Skills Requirement

The MPA Inspector General Program requires two courses – 6 credits – in research methods and quantitative skills. Since the content of these courses is covered by the doctoral methods courses, the following doctoral program methods courses would substitute for related MPA courses:

  • CRJ  70100 for PAD 715
  • CRJ 70000 for PAD 770 or PAD 713

MPA IG specialization and elective course credits

The student would select a specialization in the MPA Inspector General Program and would complete the two required courses in the specialization. One doctoral course related to the specialization would be counted as the third course in the specialization.

Two more doctoral courses would be counted as the two graduate-level elective courses required for the MPA Inspector General Program.


The student would complete the 42-credit MPA Inspector General Program as follows.

  • MPA IG Core Courses                      21 credits of MPA courses
  • MPA IG Methods Courses                6 credits of PhD courses
  • MPA Specialization Courses           6 credits of MPA courses and 3 credits of PhD courses
  • MPA elective courses                        6 credits of PhD courses
  • Total credits toward the MPA     42 credits overall

The student would complete the 60 credit PhD program in Criminal Justice based on the following courses:

  • Required core courses                   22 credits of PhD courses
  • Transfer credits                                 27 credits of MPA courses
  • Elective doctoral courses             11 credits of PhD Courses

Dissertation and Examinations

The MPA Inspector General Program includes the MPA Qualifying examination and the MPA Capstone Project.

The Doctoral Program includes three comprehensive examinations and a dissertation. Students must complete the First Examination before the end of the second year of doctoral study. The dissertation proposal is defended in the Second Examination. The dissertation itself is defended as part of the Third Examination.