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Public Accountability and Law, M.P.A.

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University rank #601 (QS) , NY,
CUNY Law School and John Jay College of Criminal Justice are pleased to announce the MPA /JD Program in Law and Public Accountability.  This exciting new dual degree offers qualified students the chance to earn both a Master of Public Administration in Inspection and Oversight and a Juris Doctor of Law degree at an accelerated pace.


This exceptional new program brings together the greatest strengths of each institution, combining CUNY Law School’s nationally renowned expertise in public interest law with John Jay College’s incomparable MPA program in investigating waste, fraud, and abuse in public services. Students of the JD/MPA Program will graduate with a unique set of skills and the inspiration to rise to the highest ideals of citizenship. Graduates will achieve an unprecedented commitment to accountability, transparency, and equity of the law that will ensure their individual success and allow them to make lasting contributions to the pursuit of justice and equality in cases of police bias, government corruption, medical/healthcare fraud, technological misuse, media ethics, and other public service matters.

The JD/MPA Joint Degree Program will graduate lawyers uniquely qualified to be leaders in the field of inspection and oversight functions. As practitioners, policy makers, or legal scholars, JD/MPA graduates will be prepared to succeed in essential careers with federal, state, and local agencies as well as independent and private sector organizations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Legal Research
  • Administrative Law
  • Evidence and Lawyering
  • Public Administration Ethics, Integrity, and Accountability
  • Assessments, Audits and Investigations in Human Resources
  • Public Sector Accounting and Auditing
  • Public Sector Inspection and Oversight

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Transcripts
Official transcripts, from ALL post-secondary institutions attended, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions.
  • Personal Statement
A personal statement is required for all master’s and certificate programs. This is the opportunity for applicants to demonstrate strong writing skills as well as provide additional details regarding their academic and/or professional accomplishments or challenges. 
  • Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required for most of our master degree programs.
  • Test Scores
The General Record Examination (GRE) is required 

Tuition Fee

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    5385 USD/semester
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Non-NYS Resident: $830.00 Per Credit Hour

Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
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