Graduate Programs

Master of Public Administration: Inspection and Oversight

Program Summary:

Credits Required: 42
Tuition Per Credit: $500.00

Next Start Date:

01-30-2017

The online Master of Public Administration: Inspection and Oversight program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice offers highly specialized training in the growing field of inspection and oversight. Developed in close collaboration with the Association of Inspectors General, our program is unique in that it prepares public administration students for much-needed positions in organizations that investigate the performance of other organizations.

Federal, state, and local governments have long held a need for skilled Comptrollers, Inspectors General, and other inspection and oversight professionals.  However, a growing number of companies in the private sector are facing similar regulatory demands.  This includes a higher level of oversight to ensure compliance, transparency and integrity.  The online MPA: Inspector General program was developed with these demands in mind.

Most public administration programs instruct students in technical and supervisory positions for public and nonprofit organizations. John Jay College’s online MPA: Inspector General program goes deeper.  We examine the issues confronting organizations across both the public and private sectors such as compliance, misconduct and forensic accountancy.


The online MPA: Inspection and Oversight program is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

Learn more about our specialized curriculum, or apply today!

Curriculum

The online Master of Public Administration in Inspection and Oversight program can be completed in two years of study, three years or more. Students enrolled in the Master of Public Administration Program in Inspection and Oversight are required to complete 42 course credits.  Students are also required to pass the MPA qualifying examination, which is administered as a part of PAD 700.  Complete information about the MPAQE is found at the MPA section of the John Jay College website.  Students are advised to complete PAD 700 and the two other core foundation courses PAD 723and PAD 706 within the first 15 credits of matriculation.  

Students must earn a total of 42 credits across 14 courses, including:

  • Core courses focused on the foundations of public policy, public administration and inspection and oversight
  • Specialized courses concentrating on inspection and oversight issues such as abuse, corruption, and investigative techniques
  • Two elective courses
  • A capstone seminar

The two elective courses may be completed through one of the following options:

  • An online course offered by the program in the summer·
  • An online course offered by the on-campus MPA program
  • A graduate course completed at another academic institution (before or during matriculation in the online program.
  • A certification course offered by the Association of Inspectors General, such as the Certified Inspector General course

In addition to completing all course requirements, students must pass a qualifying examination, administered during the semester in which they take Public Administration (PAD700). Students must also travel to two conferences of the Association of Inspectors General while enrolled in the program.

Curriculum Courses


Core Courses (21 Credits)
Course Name
PAD 700 Public Administration
Course Name
PAD 723 Assessments, Audits and Investigations in Human Resources
Course Description
This course examines assessments, audits, and investigations from a human resources perspective, including the preparation of factual investigative reports on the outcomes of investigations into violations of policies and laws on workplace safety, EEO-employment discrimination, violence, harassment, retaliation, fraud, abuse, waste and other wrongdoing. You’ll study the prevalence and incidence of such problems, along with techniques for fact-finding, investigation, documentation and complaint assessment.
Course Name
PAD 706 Bureaupathology
Course Description
During this course, you’ll explore corruption, waste, favoritism, excessive secrecy, arbitrary and illegal exercises of power and other “pathologies” that may occur in bureaucracies. You’ll examine the organizational situations and social contexts that can lead to departures from the laws, rules and regulations that define the formal mission of an agency. You’ll also consider the remedial and preventative actions available to elected officials, organizational managers, line employees and clients, customers and citizens.
Course Name
PAD 740 Public Sector Inspection and Oversight
Course Description
This course surveys the role and function of inspection and oversight in the public and not-for-profit sectors. You’ll be introduced to the techniques of internal investigation, policy oversight and operational auditing. You’ll also examine fraud prevention and the auditor-agency relationship.
Course Name
PAD 742 Public Sector Account and Auditing (Pre-requisite: PAD 740)
Course Description
This course introduces the principles of accounting and the techniques of auditing for governmental and not-for-profit agencies. You’ll review Generally Accepted Auditing Principles (GAAP), summary financial statements, and financial audit guidelines, and you’ll address accounting reform and electronic auditing.
Prerequisite: PAD 740
Course Name
PAD 758 Ethics Integrity and Accountability
Course Description
This course explores the role of ethics in public service. You’ll learn to identify and analyze ethical issues through the use of case studies and critical incidents. You’ll also examine 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.
Course Name
PAD 771 MPA Capstone Seminar
Course Description
This seminar requires students to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained during their MPA graduate study to a semester-long project chosen by the student in consultation with the faculty member directing the seminar.
Prerequisites: PAD 715, and either PAD 739 or PAD 758


Research Methods and Quantitative Skills (6 Credits)
Course Name
PAD 715 Research Methods in Public Administration


Quantitative Methods and Information Mangement (Choose one course from below)
Course Name
PAD 713 Management of Information Technology
Course Name
PAD 745 Program Development and Evaluation
Course Name
PAD 747 Computer Applications in Public Policy and Management
Course Name
PAD 770 Cases and Techniques in Quantitative Policy Analysis


Specializations (15 credits)
Course Name
Investigation and Operational Inspection
Course Description
This concentration prepares students for responsibilities involving the investigation and inspection of individual and organization conduct and performancee in public agencies, with an emphasis on fraud, waste and abuse. The specialization has two required courses.

Required Courses
Criminal Justice 754/Public Administration 754 : Investigative Techniques
Public Administration 701 : Fraud, Abuse, Waste and Corruption

Electives
Criminal Justice 739 : Crime Mapping
Criminal Justice 751 : Crime Scene Investigation
Public Administration 706 : Bureaupathology
Public Administration 701 : The Law of Public Employment
Public Administration 745 : Program Development and Evaluation
Public Administration 749 : Public Sector Accounting and Auditing II (Prerequisite: PAD 742)
Course Name
Organizational Assessment and Monitoring
Course Description
This specialization prepares students to assess, evaluate and monitor the performance of public and not-for-profit agencies. The concentration is particularly appropriate for students interested in professional careeers in performance auditing and regulation. This concentration has two requred courses.

Required Courses
Public Administration 714: Organizational Performance Assessment
Public Administration 745: Program Development and Evaluation

Electives
Public Administration 701 : Fraud, Abuse, Waste and Corruption
Public Administration 726 : The Politics and Process of Outsourcing
Public Administration 731: Oversight by Independent, Regulatory and Political Authorities
Public Administration 732 : The Independent Sector: Contemporary Issues in Nonprofits and Philanthropy
Public Administration 741 : Administrative Law and Regulation
Public Administration 748 : Project Management
Public Administration 749 : Public Sector Accounting and Auditing II (Prerequisite: PAD 742)
Public Administration 770 : Cases and Techniques in Quantitative Policy Analysis
Course Name
International Inspection and Oversight
Course Description
This specialization examines how inspection and oversight are conducted in international and multi-national contexts. This specialization has two required courses.

Required Courses
Public Administration 718 : International Public Policy and Administration
Public Administration 772 : International Inspection and Oversight

Electives
Criminal Justice 744 : Terrorism and Politics
Criminal Justice 759 : Comparative Police Administration
Criminal Justice 774 : Immigration and Crime
Criminal Justice 779 : The Female Offender in Western Society
Public Administration 758 : Comparative Public Administration
Course Name
Inspection and Oversight of Health Services

Students may transfer up to four graduate courses (12 credits) from outside the program, as long as the courses are equivalent to corresponding courses in the program. Students may transfer a maximum of four courses offered by on-campus John Jay College programs.

Students enrolled in the on-campus MPA Program may apply for admission to the online MPA: Inspection and Oversight program. However, if admitted, no more than four on-campus courses (12 credits) may be applied to the online degree. For more information, consult the Admissions page, or fill out the Request Information form.

Association of Inspectors General Conference

While enrolled in the program, students are invited to attend two conferences of the Association of Inspectors General, where they meet face-to-face with their course instructors. In addition to face-to-face student meetings with instructors, students also attend various sessions and presentations, and to partake in networking opportunities. Students should arrive before the conference commences.

Students are responsible for the costs of travel and hotel accommodations, but the program pays all conference registration costs.

Meet the Faculty

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Warren (Ned) Benton

Faculty Name
Warren (Ned) Benton


Faculty Title
Professor and Chairperson
Department of Public Management, Director Online Master of Public Administration: Inspector General Program

Education
AB, Grinnell College
EdM, PhD, University of Illinois
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Jay Hamilton

Faculty Name
Jay Hamilton


Faculty Title
Assistant Professor and Chairperson, Department of Economics

Education
BA, University of Redlands
MA, PhD, University of California
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Patrick O’hara

Faculty Name
Patrick O’hara


Faculty Title
Professor, Department of Public Management

Education
BBA, MPA, Bernard M. Baruch College, CUNY
PhD, Syracuse University
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John Jay Online

Faculty Name
Eugene O'Neill


Faculty Title
Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Management

Faculty Picture
John Jay Online

Faculty Name
Judy-lynne Peters


Faculty Title
Lecturer, Department of Public Management

Education
BA, MPA, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
PhD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Faculty Picture
John Jay Online

Faculty Name
Roddrick A. Colvin


Faculty Title
Associate Professor, Department of Public Management

Education
BA, Indiana University
MPA, Seattle University
PhD, The State University of New York at Albany
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Daniel Feldman

Faculty Name
Daniel Feldman


Faculty Title
Associate Professor, Department of Public Management

Education
BA, Columbia College
PhD, Harvard Law School
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Faculty

Faculty Name
David M. Shapiro


Faculty Title
Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Management

Education
BA, Rutgers University
MBA, Seton Hall University
JD, Seton Hall University
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Coming Soon

Faculty Name
Jeanne-Marie Col


Faculty Title
Associate Professor, Department of Public Management

Education
BA, MA, University of California, Davis
PhD, University of South Carolina, Columbia
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Adam Scott Wandt

Faculty Name
Adam Scott Wandt


Faculty Title
Assistant Professor and Deputy Chair for Academic Technology, Department of Public Management

Education
BA, MPA, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
JD, Hofstra University School of Law
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Richard W. Schwester

Faculty Name
Richard W. Schwester


Faculty Title
Associate Professor, Department of Public Management

Education
BA, The Johns Hopkins University
MA, PhD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Faculty Picture
John Jay Online

Faculty Name
Marilyn Rubin


Faculty Title
Professor, Department of Public Management
Director, Master of Public Administration in Public Administration and Policy Program

Education
BA, Douglass College
MA, PhD, New York University

Career Options

Graduates of the program are equipped to take on employment opportunities in inspection and oversight, or to apply their knowledge to related functions, including:

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Risk management
  • Performance assessment
  • Field inspection
  • Investigative journalism