Inspection and Oversight

The City University of New York

12 months
855 USD/credit
855 USD/credit
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This Inspection and Oversight program at The City University of New York is designed for individuals who seek to pursue the highest ideals of public service by gaining an in-depth understanding of citizenship and public service, and the accountability, transparency and equity required in order to effectively serve as an inspection and oversight professional.


Through academic study, public service experience, and partnerships with faculty in scholarly endeavors, students acquire professional and political knowledge and skills that prepare them for public service careers in inspection and oversight organizations. Students will also be equipped to advance the study of public administration through research and community service.

Learning outcomes

Students enrolled in the Inspection and Oversight program at The City University of New York are required to complete 42 course credits. Students also must pass the qualifying examination (MPAQE), which is administered as a part of PAD 700. Complete information about the MPAQE is found here. Students are advised to complete PAD 700 and the two other core foundation courses, PAD 702 and PAD 723, within the first 15 credits of matriculation.

Along with a 21-credit required core, students take a research methods course and fulfill a quantitative methods and information management requirement. A 3-course specialization is also required, along with 2 elective courses. 

Specializations are offered in the following fields:

  • Forensic Accounting
  • Organizational Assessment and Monitoring
  • International Inspection and Oversight
  • Investigation and Operational Inspection
  • Law and Inspection and Oversight
  • Justice Policy and Oversight (Honors Specialization)
  • Independent and Contractual Inspection and Oversight

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ethics, Integrity and Accountability
  • Public Administration
  • Public Sector Inspection and Oversight

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


30 alternative credits



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.
3 (required)
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

  • If you are applying to the Master of Public Administration - Public Policy & Administration (On-campus or Online) or Master of Public Administration Inspection and Oversight (On-campus or Online) program, a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher is expected. 
  • Applicants with undergraduate GPAs lower than 3.0 may be required by the Admission Committee to submit GRE scores with their applications. 
  • The Graduate Admissions Committee seeks students whose writing skills and record of performance at the undergraduate level indicate they are likely to do well in graduate school.

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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