John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY

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Founded in 1964, John Jay College of Criminal Justice is one of the nation’s most prestigious criminal justice institutions.

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• Criminal Justice (MA)
• Criminal Justice Online (MA)
• Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity (MS)
• Economics (MA)
• Emergency Management Online (MS)
• Forensic Mental Health Counseling (MA)
• Forensic Psychology (MA)
• Forensic Psychology and Law (MA and JD with CUNY Law)
• Forensic Psychology and Law (MA and JD with NYLS Law)
• Forensic Science (MS)
• Human Rights (MA)
• International Crime and Justice (MA)
• International Crime and Justice Online (MA)
• Protection Management (MS)
• Protection Management and Public Administration (MS/MPA)
• Public Administration (MPA)
• Public Administration Online (MPA) 
• Public Administration: Inspection and Oversight (MPA)
• Public Administration: Inspection and Oversight Online (MPA)
• Public Administration: Inspection and Oversight and Law (MPA and JD with CUNY Law)
• Security Management Online (MS)

• Applied Digital Forensic Science
• Crime Prevention and Analysis
• Criminal Investigation
• Criminal Investigation Online
• Computer Science for Digital Forensics
• Forensic Accounting (for MPA students only)
• Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology
• Race and Criminal Justice
• Terrorism Studies
• Terrorism Studies Online
• Transnational Organized Crime
• Transnational Organized Crime Online
• Victimology in Forensic Psychology 

The College brings together Pulitzer Prize–winning faculty and undergraduate and graduate students in diverse liberal arts disciplines to engage with issues of justice and diversity. These issues are at the heart of each and every program, ranging across the arts, sciences, and humanities. 

Our John Jay graduate programs are characterized by their intellectual rigor and practical application, the excellence of our faculty, and our focus on building and sustaining just societies. We offer graduate programs in various fields of study across a range of criminal justice and liberal arts disciplines.
An important differentiator of a John Jay graduate education is the personal attention members of our
faculty provide students to ensure their academic success.

The school’s namesake, John Jay, was the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court and one of the founding fathers of the United States. Jay was also a native of New York City and served as governor of New York State.
Centrally located in Midtown Manhattan, the John Jay campus provides convenient access to the city’s famous sights, world-class museums, and hot spots. We are only a short walk from two of the world’s most renowned centers
for music and dance—Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Faculty and research
John Jay’s faculty are experts in their fields and exceptional educators who care deeply about their subjects and students. They are driven to constantly improve and refine their methods, all to maximize the value of each and every class session. They inspire students to discover their true potential and help set them on the path to rewarding careers or doctoral programs.

From the rainforests of the Amazon to the International Court of Justice at The Hague, researchers at John Jay College contribute critical information that sparks new theories and advances the fields of social and criminal justice, forensic and environmental science, violence and public health, and other policy and academic disciplines. The faculty’s intellectual engagement in the most salient issues facing today’s world catalyzes change, drives new dialogue, and plays a key role in advancing and sustaining just societies.

Criminal Justice
This program encompasses a general survey of the field, covering research methods, causes of crime, and analyses
of the police, courts, and the correctional system.

Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity
This program balances practice and
theory through study in computer science, law, and criminal justice.

This program focuses on issues of
economic justice such as economic democracy, diversity, inequality, and community development.

Emergency Management
This program focuses on responding to mitigating losses, natural and public health hazards, and man-made or technological events.

Forensic Mental Health Counseling
As a “license eligible” program, this
satisfies New York State’s educational requirements leading toward professional licensure as a mental health counselor, with a specialization in Forensics.

Forensic Psychology
This program focuses on the understanding, evaluation, and treatment of both offenders and victims.

Forensic Science
Drawing from the areas of chemistry, biology, physics, and law, this program involves the mastery of techniques for the laboratory and the courts.

Human Rights
This program focuses on analyzing human rights issues, human rights law, and transnational crimes.

International Crime and Justice
The first of its kind in the United States, this program combines advanced substantive knowledge of international crime challenges and domestic and international responses.

Protection Management
This program offers advanced professional education in theory, design, management, and operation of fire and security protection and emergency management systems.

Public Administration
This curriculum is offered as two distinct programs, one with a focus on Policy and Administration and the other on Inspection and Oversight.

Security Management (online)
Our special online program examines practices and procedures unique to supervision in the private security industry.

Tuition and financing
Costs vary by program. For the 2017–2018 academic year, annual tuition is approximately $440 per credit for in-state students and $805 per credit for out of state. MPA annual tuition is approximately $515 per credit for in-state students and $950 per credit for out of state. Limited scholarships are available. Please see



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14 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Clinical Psychology                
Computer Security              
Counseling & Therapy                
Criminal Justice          
Forensic Psychology                
Forensic Science                
Public Admin              
Public Policy              


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