John Jay’s Master of Public Administration Program at the West Point Army Education Center

February 5, 2019

John Jay College of Criminal Justice has offered a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program at the Army Education Center at West Point for four decades. The program serves staff and eligible family members at the West Point Garrison and the United States Military Academy, as well as residents of the surrounding community. The John Jay MPA Program has consistently been ranked among the top 20% of MPA programs, and is the second largest program in the United States.

During the past decade, John Jay has expanded online course and program offerings, and while students in John Jay’s MPA program at West Point have taken the majority of their courses at the Army Education Center, focusing on specializations in Management and Operations and Human Resource Management. However, students have the option of taking courses online or at John Jay’s campus in Manhattan and, when they do this they can accelerate and customize their course of study, and complete other specializations available to all John Jay MPA students. Available specializations include:

  • Human Resource Management and Management and Operation as a dual specialization
  • Court Administration
  • Criminal Justice Policy and Administration
  • Emergency Management
  • Forensic Accounting, earning both the MPA degree and the Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting, and qualifying to sit for the CPA Examination
  • Health Care Inspection and Oversight, earning both the MPA degree and the Advanced Certificate in Health Care Inspection and Oversight
  • Law and Public Management, completing four courses at the CUNY Law School, or by transfer credit at other law schools
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • International Inspection and Oversight
  • Law and Inspection and Oversight, completing four courses at the CUNY Law School, or by transfer credit at other law schools
  • Investigation and Operational Inspection
  • Organizational Assessment

MPA students are also eligible to earn a dual degree, the MPA plus the Master of Science in Protection Management, by taking seven additional courses in the protection management fields of security and fire protection.

John Jay’s tuition is the CUNY MPA tuition, the lowest in the region, and tuition support is available, particularly to supplement Military Tuition Assistance benefits for in-service military personnel. John Jay College enrolls more than 500 military veterans, most receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits, which are also available to eligible John Jay MPA students at West Point. NY State Veterans Tuition Award support is also available.

Admission is on a rolling basis and classes are offered at the Education Center in convenient 8-week semesters with courses meeting once a week supplemented by online assignments. A program advisor provides each student with a Program of Study Plan consisting of courses from the standard rotation of courses offered at the Education Center, along with fully online or campus-based courses the student might elect to complete to accelerate and customize the course of study. The MPA degree requires 14 graduate courses, and all of the specialization options described above can usually be completed in 14 courses, except for the MPA and MS in Protection Management dual degree which requires 7 additional classes. The Forensic Accounting specialization with the Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting requires 24 credits of undergraduate accounting courses as a program prerequisite.

Colonel Rideout Addresses the MPA Graduates at West Point

June 8, 2013
Colonel Rideout addresses the Graduates at the Reception

Colonel Rideout addresses the Graduates at the Reception

Colonel Dane Rideout, the Garrison Commander of the U.S. Army Garrison at West Point, was the speaker at the reception for this year’s graduating class of  John Jay College’s MPA program at West Point. The reception was held in Cullen Hall on Friday May 31st.

The event was very special because Colonel Rideout graduated from John Jay’s MPA Program at West Point in 2001 with a Master’s Degree in Public Management and a specialization in Human Resources Management. In 1997, Rideout was assigned to West Point as the Chief of Cadet Advanced Training and later helped establish the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethics.
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The Benefit of Not Taking the GRE

April 15, 2013

Commentary by Courtney Stelmach

There were many different characteristics that I could consider when researching potential Public Administration graduate programs around the Hudson Valley area. Did I want to enroll in an online program? Was I interested in attending class only on weekends? Many colleges and universities across the United States are offering more and more programs that work around working adults’ schedules, aiming to increase enrollment by offering expanded flexibility. I did know, however, that as soon as I saw that the CUNY John Jay MPA Program at West Point did not require Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores, I was sold.
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Professor Profile: Katherine Hauserman

March 12, 2013

One of the most interesting facts about the CUNY John Jay Program at West Point is that several of the professors who teach in the program are graduates of the program at West Point themselves. One such professor is Katherine Hauserman, who teaches PAD 703 Human Resource Management, as well as PAD 707 Advanced Issues in HR.

Not only did she attend the MPA Program at West Point, but also she currently teaches JJC classes there and works at West Point. Professor Hauserman is a Human Resource Specialist at the U.S. Military Academy, Civilian Personnel Advisory Center. She moved to New York after graduating from the University of Montana with her bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and has been at West Point for the past 23 years.
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Help Support SFC Ramos and Global Brigades!

March 12, 2013

After receiving an e-mail about Global Brigades, Sergeant First Class (SFC) Jose ‘Che’ Ramos, who is the Information and Educational Technology Division Non-commissioned Officer in Charge at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY as well as the Senior NCO advisor to the Office of the DEAN and is also pursuing his MPA at the CUNY John Jay at West Point program, knew that he wanted to be more involved. “It captured the true essence of what I believe in,” he said, “which is helping those in need.”

Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. It offers university students the chance to volunteer and help communities in need around the world under the theory of holistic development. “It includes the preparation, delivery and follow-up of nine unique programs that are implemented alongside community members and local technicians,” SFC Ramos said. “These programs include architecture, business, dental, environmental, human rights, medical, microfinance, public health and water.” Currently, Global Brigades sends its volunteers to Ghana, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.
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The AY 2019-2020 Course Schedule

February 8, 2019

Based on the three-year Master Course Rotation, we plan to offer the following courses at the Army Education Center for AY 2019-2020.

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Earn Two Graduate Degrees: M.P.A. and M.S. in Protection Management

February 5, 2019

The MPA/MS dual-degree program in Public Policy and Protection Management offers qualified students the opportunity to earn two degrees:  a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy and Administration and a Master of Science in Protection Management, both specializing in Emergency Management. Students complete both degrees completing 6 fewer courses than would be necessary to complete them separately.

This dual-degree program prepares students for careers in organizations that plan, design, manage, evaluate and operate protection and emergency management systems. Graduates will be able to design programs and procedures for a variety of public, private, commercial and residential settings.

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Advanced Certificate in Health Care Inspection and Oversight

February 5, 2019

Offered by the Inspection and Oversight M.P.A. program, this advanced certificate prepares students for careers in the assessment, monitoring, regulation, auditing and investigation of health care organizations and service providers.

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Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting: A Path to the C.P.A.

February 5, 2019

This program is designed to prepare students in the Master of Public Administration in Inspection and Oversight program for professional careers in accounting with special focus on the investigation of fraud. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have achieved, based on required certificate courses along with required prerequisite and co-requisite courses, the necessary accounting academic qualifications for admission to the CPA examination in New York State.

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FAFSA update

March 12, 2013

Students wishing to be considered for an Academic Merit Scholarship and.or any other forms of financial aid need to submit a FAFSA form each academic year. If you have not yet submitted your FAFSA for the 2013-2014 academic year, you may do so at