Public Accountability and Law

The City University of New York

12 months
855 USD/credit
855 USD/credit
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The City University of New York Law School and John Jay College of Criminal Justice are pleased to announce the Public Accountability and Law.  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 Public Accountability and Law program brings together the greatest strengths of each institution, combining The City University of New York 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. 

Learning outcomes

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Test Scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    855 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 855 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    855 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 855 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • Local students: $5,545 / semester


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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