Academic Program Requirements

Academic Program Requirements

The master's programs at John Jay are among the best in the nation. Students from around the world apply to our programs. If you are interested in applying to a master’s program at John Jay College, you must meet specific standards for acceptance.

Academic Degree Programs

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and higher ("B") is required. An applicant who meets the admission requirements, except for the course in Statistics can be accepted on the condition this undergraduate requirement is completed during the first year of the program. If you are applying to the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program, please note that the Admissions Committee for this program seeks students whose record of performance at the undergraduate level and whose writing skills indicate they are likely to do well in graduate school. While the Committee understands that a variety of factors can influence undergraduate grades, applicants whose grade point average is below 3.0 are rarely accepted. Applicants whose averages exceed this average should not, however, assume that they will automatically be admitted. Students can contact the program Director, Dr. Avram Bornstein at Abornstein@jjay.cuny.edu.

Master of Science in Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity

If you are applying to the Master of Science in Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity program, you should have completed courses on data structures, algorithms, an object oriented programming language, operating systems fundamentals and a year of calculus. The GRE is required for Admissions. For more information regarding admission prerequisites please contact the Program Director Doug Salane Dsalane@jjay.cuny.edu / 212-237-8920.

Master of Arts in Economics

If you are applying to the Master of Arts in Economics program, you should have completed undergraduate courses in statistics and a year of calculus (Calculus I and II). A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 ("B") and higher is required. For more information regarding admission prerequisites please contact the Interim Program Director Jay Hamilton Jhamilton@jjay.cuny.edu / 212-237-8093.

Master of Science in Emergency Management (Online Only)

If you are applying to the Master of Science in Emergency Management program, you should have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 ("B") and higher is required. Applicants with undergraduate gpa(s) lower than 3.0 can submit a personal statement to advocate for their admissions with their application. Consult with Program Director Dr. Glenn Corbett at Gcorbett@jjay.cuny.edu.

Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology and Forensic Mental Health Counseling

If you are applying to the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology or Master of Arts in Forensic Mental Health Counseling program, a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 ("B") and a combined GRE score of 297 and higher are required. At minimum, applicants must have successfully completed the following undergraduate coursework: 24 credit hours of social sciences, 12 of which are in Psychology, plus Experimental Psychology and Statistical Methods. An applicant who meets the admission requirements, except for the courses in Statistics and Experimental Psychology can be accepted on the condition these undergraduate requirements are completed during the first year of the program. Students can contact the Program Directors if they are deficient in any of the requirements above at Dr. Diana Falkenbach (FP) at Psychologyma@jjay.cuny.edu or at Dr. James Wulach (FMHC) at FMHC@jjay.cuny.edu

Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology & Juris Doctorate (CUNY and NY Law Schools)

If you are applying to the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology and Juris Doctorate at New York Law School or our Masters of Arts in Forensic Psychology and Juris Doctorate at CUNY Law School program, a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 ("B") and a combined GRE score of 297 and higher are required. At minimum, applicants must have successfully completed the following undergraduate coursework: 24 credit hours of social sciences, 12 of which are in Psychology, plus Experimental Psychology and Statistical Methods. Students are also required to apply to either the CUNY School of Law or New York Law School and must be admitted to both programs to be a part of the joint program. Student must also submit a personal statement and relevant academic letters of recommendations. Students can contact the Program Director, Dr. James Wulach for specific program questions at FMHC@jjay.cuny.edu

Master of Science in Forensic Science

If you are applying to the Master of Science in Forensic Science program, a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 ("B") and a GRE preferred combined score of 297 or higher are required. The GRE can be waived for students with a master’s degree or international students from Universities outside of the US. At minimum, applicants should have successfully completed the following undergraduate coursework: one year of biology, one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, one year of calculus, one year of calculus-based physics, one semester of biochemistry and one semester of physical chemistry and one semester of statistics. Students may be conditionally accepted with deficiency in any one of the last three courses provided the course is successfully completed within the first two semesters of the MS Program. Students who are deficient in several courses should contact Program Director, Dr. Mechthild Prinz Mprinz@jjay.cuny.edu / 212-237-8795 to discuss the option of taking pre-requisite courses as a non or second degree undergraduate student.

Master of Science in Protection Management

If you are applying to the Master of Science in Protection Management program, you will concentrate in either security management, fire protection management, or emergency management. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 ("B") and higher is required. Students without an adequate fire science background may be required to take fire science courses at the undergraduate level in order to qualify for matriculation. The Graduate Admissions Committee seeks students whose record of performance at the undergraduate level, and whose writing skills, indicate they are likely to do well in graduate school. Applicants with undergraduate gpa(s) lower than 3.0 can consult with Program Director Dr. Chares Nemeth at Cnemeth@jjay.cuny.edu.

Master of Science in Security Management (Online Only)

If you are applying to the Master of Science in Security Management program, a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 ("B") and higher is required. Applicants with undergraduate gpa(s) lower than 3.0 can submit a personal statement advocating for their admissions with their application. Consult with Program Director Dr. Chares Nemeth at Cnemeth@jjay.cuny.edu.

Master of Public Administration - Public Policy & Administration (On campus or Online) and Inspection and Oversight (On-campus or Online)

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. In addition, applicants should have completed 18 undergraduate credits in the social sciences. 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. Students may be conditionally admitted but must complete the required courses within the first year of the program unless a Degree Completion Plan approved by a Program Director provides otherwise.

Master of Public Administration - Inspection and Oversight & Juris Doctorate (CUNY)

If you are applying to the joint Master of Public Administration - Inspection and Oversight & Juris Doctorate with CUNY Law School 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 or LSAT scores with their applications. In addition, students are required to apply to the CUNY School of Law and be admitted. 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. Students will need to meet the same requirements as the MPA program noted above in addition to the Law Schools requirements.

Master of Arts in International Crime and Justice

If you are applying to the Master of Arts in International Crime and Justice Program, please note that the Admissions Committee for this program seeks students whose record of performance at the undergraduate level and whose writing skills indicate they are likely to do well in graduate school. While the Committee understands that a variety of factors can influence undergraduate grades, applicants whose grade point average is below 3.0 are rarely accepted. Applicants whose averages exceed this average should not, however, assume that they will automatically be admitted. A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and higher ("B") and a combined GRE score of 297 and a score of 3.0 or higher on the Analytical Writing section are required. The Graduate Admissions Committee will evaluate the GRE scores as one component of the application profile. Applicants should have 18 undergraduate credits in the social, behavioral or political sciences, including an undergraduate statistics course. Applicants can be conditionally accepted with deficiency in statistics provided the course is successfully completed during the first semester of the program. Applicants are expected to demonstrate proficiency in a Foreign Language.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or other standardized test, is required for all applicants to the MA program in International Crime and Justice except when the Graduate Admissions Committee elects to waive the requirement based on special circumstances, such as:

  • The applicant is a graduate of the major in International Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and has a GPA of 3.5 or more;
  • The applicant has seven or more years of related professional experience in the international criminal justice field (e.g., works for UN, INTERPOL, World Bank, etc.) and has demonstrated significant professional accomplishments;
  • The applicant is a foreign student. Foreign students are defined as students who are enrolled in institutions of higher education who are not citizens of United States of America, immigrants, or refugees. These may include holders of F (student) visas, H (temporary worker/trainee) visas, J (temporary educational exchange - visitor) visas, and M (vocational training) visas. Foreign students do not have long-term or permanent residence.

Please contact Professor Rosemary Barberet for more information about foreign language competency, Rbarberet@jjay.cuny.edu. For general program information, please contact Professor Jana Arsovska, Jarsovska@jjay.cuny.edu.

Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology

Admission to the program will be based upon the following criteria: a bachelor’s degree, with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 ("B"); a graduate degree in psychology, social work, or counseling; a personal statement that supports the applicant’s request for admission to the certificate program; appropriate letters of recommendation.

Graduate Certificate Programs

John Jay offers certificate programs to individuals who are seeking career advancement in the following areas:

Admission to the advanced certificate program will be based  upon  the following criteria: a bachelor’s degree, with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 ("B"); a personal statement that supports the applicant’s request for admission to the certificate program; and appropriate letters of recommendation. The Applied Digital Forensic Science and the Computer Science for Digital Forensics Programs also require the GRE. A GRE verbal and math score above the median, a GRE analytical writing score of 4.0 or higher and relevant professional experience are required.

For information on our Graduate Certificate Programs click here

Graduate Online Programs

For information on our On-line Graduate degree and Certificate programs please see John Jay College Online.