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 which can be reviewed below.

Now accepting applications for the NEW graduate programs:

  • Online Master of Arts in Human Rights (NEW!)
  • Online Graduate Advanced Certificate in Crime Analysis and Prevention (NEW!)
Academic Degree Programs

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (On-campus & Online) 

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. Two letters of recommendation and a personal statement is also required for admission.

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. Students with insufficient Computer Science academic background can apply to one of the Certificate programs which can be used as a bridge to the MS program. Students will also need to submit three letters of recommendation and a personal statement about why you would like to study in our D4CS program. The GRE is required for admissions for students with a GPA below 3.0 and without a computer science background. 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

The Master of Arts in Economics program requires a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (B) and higher. Students should have completed undergraduate courses in statistics and a year of calculus (Calculus I and II). Students can be conditionally admitted if they are deficient in two of the prerequisite courses.   Students will also need to submit three letters of recommendation and a personal statement about why you would like to study in our Economics program. For more information regarding admission prerequisites please contact the Interim Program Director Ian Seda Iseda@jjay.cuny.edu.

Master of Science in Emergency Management (Online & Hybrid)

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 and experience in the field are also encouraged to apply. Applicants must submit 2 letters of recommendation and a personal statement which can be used to advocate for their admissions and showcase writing skills with their application. For specific information about the program students can consult with the Program Director Dr. Glenn Corbett at GCorbett@jjay.cuny.edu

Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology and Master of Arts in 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 (combined scores from quantitative & qualitative sections; 3.0 on writing section required) or higher are required. The GRE is being waived for Spring 2022 AND Fall 2022 applicants. If your GPA is a little less than 3.0, we highly recommend that you submit the suggested GRE scores above. At minimum, applicants must have successfully completed the following undergraduate coursework: 24 credit hours of social sciences (this includes Humanities, Communications, English, Ethnic Studies courses and other liberal arts core requirements), but must include 12 of credits in Psychology, plus Research Foundations in Psychology and Statistical Methods. An applicant who meets the admission requirements, except for the courses in Statistics and Research Foundations/Experimental Psychology can be accepted on the condition these undergraduate requirements are completed during the first semester of the program. The programs also require three academic letters of recommendations and a personal statement which indicates why you have an interest in our program. Students can contact the Program Directors if they are deficient in any of the requirements above at Dr. Diana Falkenbach (FP) at Forensicpsychologyma@jjay.cuny.edu or at Dr. Chitra Raghavan (FMHC) at FMHC@jjay.cuny.edu. 

 

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

Fall entry only

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 (combined scores from quantitative & qualitative sections; 3.0 on writing section required) or higher are required. The GRE is being waived for Fall 2022 applicants (FP portion only). If your GPA is less than 3.0, we highly recommend that you submit the suggested GRE scores above. At minimum, applicants must have successfully completed the following undergraduate coursework: 24 credit hours of social sciences (this includes Humanities, Communications, English, Ethnic Studies courses and other liberal arts core requirements), but must include 12 of credits in Psychology, plus Research Methods in 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 3 relevant academic/professional letters of recommendations. Students can contact the Program Director, Dr. Chitra Raghavan for specific program questions at FMHC@jjay.cuny.edu

Master of Science in Forensic Science

Fall entry only

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. John Jay BS in Forensic Science graduates with a GPA of 3.5 or above can also qualify to waive the GRE. The GRE WILL be required for the Fall 2022 term. At minimum, applicants should have successfully completed the following prerequisite 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-degree or second BS degree undergraduate student. The program also require three academic letters of recommendations and a personal statement which indicates why you have an interest in our program.

Master of Arts in Human Rights 

If you are applying to the Master of Arts in Human Rights program, you should have completed undergraduate courses in statistics. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 ("B") and higher is required. Applicants will be required to submit a 500 word personal statement which should showcase students writing skills and submit two academic letters of recommendations. The programs also require two academic letters of recommendations. For more information regarding admission prerequisites please contact the Program Director, Charlotte Walker-Said at cwalker-said@jjay.cuny.edu

Master of Arts in International Crime and Justice (On-campus & Online)

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. A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and higher ("B") is required. Applicants whose averages exceed this average should not, however, assume that they will automatically be admitted. Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement can submit General GRE scores to supplement their application.  The Graduate Admissions Committee will evaluate the GRE scores as one component of the application profile. Students are also required to submit a writing sample from a question prompt in the application, in addition to academic letters of recommendations.  The program also require three academic letters of recommendations and a personal statement which indicates why you have an interest in our program.

Writing Sample Topic Spring & Fall 2022: What are the primary challenges that nation-states face today in responding to transnational and organized crime? What kinds of responses are most likely to be effective? 

Please contact Program Director Dr. Gohar Petrossian for general information at Gpetrossian@jjay.cuny.edu

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 Interim Program Director Dr. Robert McCrie at Rmccrie@jjay.cuny.edu.

Master of Public Administration - Public Policy & Administration (On-campus & Online) and Inspection and Oversight (On-campus & 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. Students will also need to submit two letters of recommendation and a personal statement about why you would like to study in our MPA program and highlight any experience that you have in public service or administration. 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)

Fall entry only

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 scores with their application. In addition, students are required to apply to the CUNY School of Law and be admitted in order to be a part of the Joint MPA/JD degree program. The program also require two academic letters of recommendations and a personal statement which indicates why you have an interest in our program.

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 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 and explaining any relevant experience. A resume may also be submitted as support for your application. Consult with to Dr. Charles Nemeth at Cnemeth@jjay.cuny.edu

Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology

No admissions until Fall 2022 (Application available December 5, 2021)                                   

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; 3 appropriate letters of recommendation.

Graduate Certificate Programs

John Jay offers an array of Graduate certificate programs to individuals who are seeking career advancement or study in targeted areas such as criminal investigations, race and criminal justice, transnational organized crime or health care inspection and oversight and more.

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 2 to 3 letters of recommendation. The Post Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology, Applied Digital Forensics and Computer Science for Digital Forensics certificates require 3 letters and all others require 3 letters of recommendation.  Most programs do not require standardized test scores such as GRE’s. The Applied Digital Forensic Science and the Computer Science for Digital Forensics Programs require the GRE.

For information and a full listing of our Graduate Certificate Programs click here.

Graduate Online Programs

Our Online programs have the same requirements as the on-campus programs above. For specific information on our Online Graduate degree and certificate programs please see John Jay College Online.