CUNY Justice Academy

CUNY Justice Academy

Are you currently pursuing a STEM Associates degree at a participating Community College and plan on pursuing a Bachelor's degree thereafter? Do you want a seamless transition from your 2-year program to a 4-year program and graduate on time? If so then CUNY Justice Academy (CJA) is the right program for you. Contact our PRISM CJA Outreach Coordinator, Rosemarie Chan, and provide us with your name, the CUNY Community College you are enrolled in, and when you are planning to transfer to John Jay College.

About CJA

The CUNY Justice Academy (CJA) is a partnership between various CUNY community colleges and John Jay College of Criminal Justice designed to help you make the transition to a baccalaureate degree. CJA students who complete their associate’s degrees at a participating institution can then transfer to John Jay and complete their bachelor’s degree in forensic science (FOS), cell & molecular biology (CMB), toxicology (TOX), computer science (CSIS), or applied mathematics.

PRISM provides CJA students majoring in STEM at CUNY Community Colleges with special science outings and lectures every semester, behind-the-scenes programming and presentations, and opportunities to engage in research experiences at John Jay or selected CJA partners. These opportunities are designed to get you immersed in your respective STEM fields while allowing you to interact with your future professors and peers at John Jay.

Participating Community Colleges 

Participating CJA Community Colleges are:

  • Hostos Community College (HCC).
  • Bronx Community College (BCC).
  • Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC).
  • Kingsborough Community College (KBCC).
  • Queensborough Community College (QCC).



To transition to John Jay College as a CUNY Justice Academy student, you simply need to:

  • Apply for admission to CUNY, enroll and successfully complete your associate’s degree at one of our partner CUNY Community Colleges.
  • Regularly attend academic advisement sessions with your Community College academic and faculty advisors.
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • For forensic science:
    • Complete Quantitative Analysis (CHE 220) at John Jay College (for HCC, BCC, BMCC, and KBCC) or at your institution (when offered) BEFORE transferring to John Jay.
      • Failure to complete Quantitative Analysis before transferring to JJC will delay your graduation date by a year.


Academic Planning 

Below you can find Academic Planners that you can download and use to plan ahead and keep track of the courses and General Education electives you must take at each of our five Community College partners to successfully transfer to John Jay as part of the CJA.


Additional Opportunities 

Learn more about the CUNY Justice Academy.