Criminal Justice (BA/MA)

Criminal Justice (BA/MA)

The BA program in Criminal Justice (Crime Control and Prevention) views crime as a social problem and seeks to develop in its students the capacity to critically assess the normative structure of the existing criminal justice system with an aim to improving its condition and function. The emphasis of the major is on developing analytical skills, ethical reasoning, and a capacity for solving problems. It aspires to cultivate creative and original thinking about one of the most challenging social problems of our time.

The MA program in Criminal Justice has a large, diverse, and celebrated faculty who provide students with an advanced understanding of research and practice in the U.S. criminal justice system and related issues. Core classes provide a mastery of the major works and theories of criminology, policing, corrections, judicial studies, quantitative research methods and policy analysis. Students are able to select from numerous electives to build a specialization in Criminology and Deviance, Criminal Law and Procedure, Police or Corrections Administration, and Terrorism Studies. Among the many available electives are courses such as Crime Mapping, Cybercrime, Crime Scene Investigation, Social Aspects of Alcohol and Drug Use, Homeland Security and Terrorism, and Criminal Law. Students are also able to select electives to earn Advanced Certificates in Terrorism Studies, Crime Prevention and Analysis, and Criminal Investigation. The Program also allows interested students to participate in faculty research or undertake internships with criminal justice employers for credit.

Credits Required.

Criminal Justice BA


General Education


Other Required Courses


Undergraduate Electives


Criminal Justice MA


Total Credits Required for B.A. Degree



Undergraduate major coordinator. Professor Brian Lawton, Department of Criminal Justice (212.393.6841,

Graduate program director. Professor Jeff Mellow, Criminal Justice PhD. Program (212-237-8035,

Graduate advisor. Dr. Janice Carrington, Criminal Justice MA program (212-237-8418,

General information. Bachelor's/Master's degrees including application and eligibility requirements.

Additional information. Students who enrolled for the first time in the program in September 2017 or thereafter must complete the program in the form presented in this bulletin.  Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose the form shown here or the earlier version of the program, see the Graduate Advisor.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE BA REQUIREMENTS                                                              Subtotal: 30 credits

CJBA 110 Introduction to Major Problems in Criminal Justice I
CJBA 111 Introduction to Major Problems in Criminal Justice II
CJBA 210 Criminal Responsibility
CJBA 230 Understanding Criminal Behavior
CJBA 240 Quantitative Inquiry of Problems in Criminal Justice I
CJBA 241 Quantitative Inquiry of Problems in Criminal Justice II
CJBA 250 Crime Prevention and Control
CJBA 340 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CJBA 410 Senior Thesis I
CJBA 411 Senior Thesis II
Note: Students who completed STA 250 can substitute that course for CJBA 240 above. The statistics course (either CJBA 240 or STA 250) must be completed while the student is an undergraduate.

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES                                                                                     Subtotal: 0-3 credits

May be required depending on math placement

MAT 108 Social Science Math
MAT 141 Pre-Calculus

Advisors recommendation. MAT 108 or MAT 141 can fulfill the Required Core: Math and Quantitative Reasoning area of the General Education Program.

UNDERGRADUATE ELECTIVES                                                                            Subtotal: 23-26 credits

Students must complete 23-26 credits of electives to fulfill the undergraduate portion of the degree program. Students have free choice of electives. Students can also opt to complete a minor.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE MA PROGRAM                                                                    Subtotal: 30-36 credits

Degree Requirements
The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice requires 36 credits consisting of five required core courses, three courses in a specialization, and four elective courses. Students must also pass a two-part qualifying examination. Students meeting certain conditions may complete the degree in 30 credits plus a thesis.

Core Requirements
CRJ 710 Issues in Criminal Justice I
CRJ 711 Issues in Criminal Justice II: Policing and Corrections
CRJ 715 Research Design and Methods
CRJ 716 Statistical Software in Criminal Justice Qualifying Exam Parts A and B
CRJ 730 Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice

The Qualifying Exam Prerequisites:
The two-part Qualifying Exam must be taken after completing the first four required core CRJ courses and before completing 24 credits of coursework. Part A may be taken upon completion of CRJ 710 and CRJ 711; Part B may be taken upon completion of CRJ 715 and CRJ 716. The two parts may be taken in the same semester or in different semesters.

A student must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible to take the Qualifying Exam.

All students are required to register for the Qualifying Exam.

 A student who is not registered for the Qualifying Exam prior to the exam date will not be allowed to take the exam.

A student must pass both parts of the Qualifying Exam before entering the final required core class, CRJ 730.

A student is allowed a second attempt at passing each part of the Qualifying Exam.  Any student who fails a part of the Qualifying Exam twice may be dismissed from the program.  However, in unusual circumstances and at the discretion of the program director, a student may be permitted to take a part of the examination a third time, provided that a plan of study has been approved by the CRJ program director.  Students taking the Qualifying Exam in a semester in which they are not registered for classes must register for Maintenance of Matriculation (MAM) in order to sit for the exam.


Students must take three classes (9 credits) in one of five specialization areas listed. The specialization lists provided are not intended to be exhaustive. The program director has discretion to substitute other courses, including courses in the 800-level series, to satisfy the specialization requirement. Students should consult with the program director before taking a course for specialization credit when that course is not on the specialization list. Dual specializations are permissible if the student has fulfilled the requirements of both specializations, but the same electives may not be used for two specializations.

                                                                                                                                                                Subtotal: 9 credits

Free Electives
Students must take four additional classes from any of the graduate courses offered at John Jay. Students may choose to take CRJ 793 Comprehensive Review as one of their electives to help prepare for the exam. Students choosing the thesis option do not need to meet the electives requirement (see below).

                                                                                                                                                              Subtotal: 12 credits

Thesis Option
Students who complete CRJ 715 and CRJ 716 with an A- average or better may choose to write a thesis instead of taking four elective courses.  Students choosing the thesis option must first take CRJ 717 Reading in Research and receive an A- or better. Students must obtain permission from the program director to pursue the thesis option after completing CRJ 717.  If permission is granted, they must take CRJ 791 Thesis Prospectus as an Independent Study with their thesis advisor who must be a member of the graduate faculty.  Finally, students must submit a thesis approved by their advisor and a second reader within no more than one year after completing CRJ 791. Students choosing the thesis option will complete a total of 30 credits for the master’s degree, six fewer credits than those students who do not write a thesis.  However, writing a thesis is a substantial undertaking usually requiring more work than that required by two additional courses.

                                                                                                                                                            Subtotal: 6 credits

CRJ Specializations Degree Requirements

Criminology and Deviance
CRJ 701 Sociology of Crime
CRJ 712 Sex Crimes
CRJ 713 White-Collar Crime
CRJ 714 Social Aspects of Alcohol and Drug Use
CRJ 727/FCM 727 Cybercriminology
CRJ 729 Drugs, Crime and the Criminal Justice System
CRJ 738 Perspectives on Race and Crime in America
CRJ 761 Youth Crime and Delinquency Control
CRJ 765 Social Movements, Revolution, and Terrorism
CRJ 766 Sociology of Delinquency
CRJ 767 Gangs in American Society
CRJ 769 Deviant Behavior
CRJ 770 Advanced Criminology
CRJ 771 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
CRJ 778 Victimology
CRJ 779 Proseminar on Terrorism Studies
CRJ 783 Crime and the Media
CRJ 784 Organized Crime
CRJ 796 The History of Crime

Criminal Law and Procedure
CRJ 708 Law, Evidence and Ethics
CRJ 725 Captial Punishment
CRJ 733 The Constitution and Criminal Justice
CRJ 734 Criminal Law
CRJ 735 Prosecuting Crime
CRJ 736 Seminar in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
CRJ 752/FCM 752 The Law and High Technology Crime
CRJ 768 Law and Society
CRJ 785 The American Jury
CRJ 789 Violence Across the Globe
PAD 741 Administrative Law and Regulation
PAD 760 Court Administration

Police Administration
CRJ 738 Perspectives on Race and Crime in America
CRJ 739 Crime Mapping
CRJ 742 Police Ethics
CRJ 745 Legal Aspects of Undercover Activity
CRJ 751 Crime Scene Investigation
CRJ 756 Critical Issues in Policing
CRJ 757 Police and the Community
CRJ 759 Comparative Police Administration
CRJ 760 History of Police Administration
CRJ 761 Youth Crime and Delinquency Control
CRJ 762 Investigation of Violent Crime
CRJ 771 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
CRJ 783 Crime and the Media
CRJ 786 Problem-Oriented Policing
CRJ 787 Seminar in Crime Analysis and Crime Prevention

Correction Administration
CRJ 703 Critical Issues in Punishment
CRJ 704 Probation and Parole: Theory and Practice
CRJ 728 Critical Issues in Corrections
CRJ 749 Ethics of Punishment
CRJ 758 Justice: An Epidemiological Approach

Terrorism Studies
CRJ 744 Terrorism and Politics
CRJ 746 Terrorism and Apocalyptic Violence
CRJ 748 Counter Terrorism Policy for Law Enforcement
CRJ 765 Social Movements, Revolution, and Terrorism
CRJ 772 Seminar in Terrorism Studies
CRJ 797 Homeland Security and International Relations
CRJ 798 Homeland Security and Terrorism

                                                                                                                           TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 128-134

                                                                                                                                     Last Updated: 12/22/17