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One of the nation’s most prestigious criminal justice institutions, John Jay College of Criminal Justice engages students with issues of justice and diversity. 

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• Criminal Justice (MA)
• Criminal Justice Online (MA)
• Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity (MS)
• Forensic Psychology (MA)
• Forensic Mental Health Counseling (MA)
• Forensic Science (MS)
• International Crime and Justice (MA)
• Protection Management (MS)
• Public Administration (MPA)
• Public Administration Online (MPA)
• Public Administration Inspector General Online (MPA)
• Security Management Online (MS)
• Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology

• Advanced Certificate in Applied Digital Forensic Science Program
• Advanced Certificate in Crime Prevention and Analysis
• Advanced Certificate in Criminal Investigation
• Advanced Certificate in Computer Science for Digital Forensics Program
• Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting (for MPA students only)
• Advanced Certificate Program in Terrorism Studies
• Online Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies
• Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology  

Founded in 1964, John Jay College of Criminal Justice is one of the nation’s most prestigious criminal justice institutions. 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, by the excellence of our faculty and our focus on building and sustaining just societies. We offer graduate programs in 11 fields of study across a range of criminal justice and liberal arts disciplines.
An important differentiator of John Jay graduate education is the person
al 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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 academic year 2016–2017, annual tuition is approximately $425 per credit for in-state students and $780 per credit out of state. MPA annual tuition is approximately $500 per credit in state and $920 per credit out of state.

Graduate students are an important part of the John Jay academic community. To ensure their success, we offer a variety of scholarship opportunities that recognize and support research, academic excellence, leadership qualities, and public service accomplishments. For more information visit



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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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