Opportunities for CUNY Law School Students

February 28, 2013

John Jay College of Criminal Justice offers the Master of Public Administration in Public Policy and Administration and in Inspection and Oversight, and hosts CUNY’s Ph.D. program in Criminal Justice. CUNY Law students are encouraged to consider combining their law degrees with these two programs.

Combining the MPA with the CUNY JD Degree

CUNY Law students can earn both the MPA and the JD degree, completing certain courses for credit in both programs. Students currently enrolled in CUNY Law School may complete selected JJCCJ MPA courses for credit toward the JD. Student subsequently accepted to either JJCCJ MPA program may also transfer up to nine law credits toward law-related MPA specializations and three additional credits as electives. Under this arrangement, the two degrees can be earned more efficiently than otherwise because the selected courses count toward both degrees.

All students interested in the two-degree program should contact the MPA specialization adviser, Professor Dan Feldman for guidance and assistance. He can be contacted at dfeldman@jjay.cuny.edu.

Combining the CUNY JD Degree with the Ph.D. in Criminal Justice

The CUNY Graduate Center Criminal Justice Doctoral Program offers a track in Policy, Oversight and Administration. The program is housed at John Jay College. The track is targeted towards those interested in administration, oversight, and policy analysis and related areas of criminal justice.

  • Policy analysis involves the analysis of alternative courses of official action to achieve goals. In criminal justice, policy analysis takes place in academic, professional and governmental settings. The techniques of policy analysis increasingly involve research skills taught and applied in doctoral courses and programs.
  • Inspection and oversight, as a field of practice, seeks to foster and promote accountability and integrity in public and private organizations through prevention, examination, investigation, audit, detection, elimination and prosecution of fraud, waste and abuse, and through policy research and analysis, as well as standardization of practices, policies, conduct and ethics.

The track is designed for students who are completing or who have completed a master’s degree in a related field, as well as students completing the J.D. degree. Up to 29 graduate credits from the J.D. can be transferred toward the Ph.D. Admission to the program is highly competitive and requires submission of GRE scores.
The dual credentials of the J.D. and the Ph.D. would also be a competitive basis for applications for academic positions, as well as professional positions in public agencies, the private sector and non-profit agencies.
All students interested in the two-degree program should contact the Deputy Executive Officer, Professor Rod Colvin, for guidance and assistance. He can be contacted at rcolvin@jjay.cuny.edu.