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The Policy, Oversight and Administration (POA) specialization does not require students to serve as research assistants as part of their PhD program experience.  Students will, however, be responsible for completing a dissertation, and may take advantage of opportunities to engage in research activities prior to the completion of their degree.  Students may work with faculty on research grants, or participate at one of the research centers housed at John Jay College.  In addition, students are encouraged to work independently, with faculty, or in collaboration with other students on research related to their area of interest.