General Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

As of March 18, 2020, the Graduate Admissions Office is closed and only has virtual office hours and services. All documents must be sent electronically.

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!)


Applicants must complete an Online Application                                                                                               

The online application can only be submitted successfully when it includes names of recommenders and a personal statement if required by the program. The recommendation letters do not need to be completed in order for students to submit the application. The office will wait for letters to be submitted while processing the application.

Application Fee-WAIVED

John Jay College will be waiving the $75 application fee for all Spring 2022 applicants. 


CUNY graduates from 2004 or after, do not need to send transcripts as John Jay College can access official college transcripts. Transcripts from CUNY schools prior to 2004 and all non-CUNY post-secondary institutions attended must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions electronically. Official transcripts must be sent directly from your undergraduate institutions to If your college or university does not have official electronic transcripts, we suggest that you email an unofficial transcript in PDF format to our office so we can process your application and have an official mailed to the Graduate Admissions Office. We will visit the campus periodically to receive mail but an emailed transcript is highly recommended for quicker processing.

International applicants or students who studied outside of the United States should see special instructions for transcripts and professional evaluations here.

Personal Statement

A personal statement is required for most master’s and certificate programs. The Protection Management and Security Management programs do not require personal statements but if students have a GPA of less than 3.0 or relevant work or life experience, we recommend students provide a personal statement. The personal statement is an opportunity for applicants to demonstrate strong writing skills as well as provide additional details regarding their academic and/or professional accomplishments and/or challenges. The personal statement should be approximately 500 words (1 to 2 pages) and describe how the applicant’s personal and/or professional goals can be achieved through graduate study at John Jay College.

For those applying to MPA programs please use your personal statement to describe, in a well-developed essay of about 500 words, how your undergraduate studies; your volunteer, public, and military service, and your employment prepare you for study and future employment in fields of public service.

Letters of Recommendation

Two or three academic or professional letters of recommendation are required for most of our graduate degree and advanced certificate programs. See program requirements for specifics here. The online recommendation letters which can be found within the graduate application is strongly preferred. Students can include the email address of recommenders and a form (within the online application) will be sent to recommenders. Recommenders can complete the electronic recommendation form and email it back into the application. If not completing the electronic recommendation, students must print the recommendation form from within the application, give it to the reference, and letters must be sent to Graduate admissions and include the appropriate recommendation form utilized by each graduate program. The recommendation forms must be sent via email to if not completed within the application.

Writing Sample

The MA in International Crime & Justice program is the only program that currently requires a writing sample. The student will be prompted from within the application to attach a 3 to 5 page writing sample about a specific topic. The sample must be typed and written as an educational assignment with references if applicable. Please upload the writing sample within the application, when prompted.

Test Scores--waived for Spring 2022 & Fall 2022 (Forensic Science excluded for Fall 2022)

Due to COVID we are waiving the GRE requirement for specific programs (Forensic Science will be required for the Fall 2022 term). If students have a GPA of less than 3.0 however we highly recommend that you submit GRE scores to improve your application. In lieu of GRE scores programs will review overall GPA, major GPA, and prerequisite requirements closely.

The General GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is normally required for the Forensic Science, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Psychology and Law, Forensic Mental Health Counseling, and the Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity programs. Applicants with undergraduate grade point averages below 3.0 applying to other programs may wish to submit GRE scores to improve their admissions applications, but they are not required for any other programs.

The GRE code number for John Jay College is 2115. If required, official standardized test score report(s) must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions directly from the testing agency. Students can also email an unofficial score to which can be used while the official score is being sent. For those applying to the MA/JD in Forensic Psychology program, the LSAT scores may be submitted in lieu of the GRE.

TOEFL or IELTS or Duolingo scores are required for students educated in countries where primary language is not English. See International Applicant instructions for specific scores required. 

John Jay College of Criminal Justice admits graduate students on a rolling basis from the time that the application opens until one week after the posted deadline. Students can submit their application and all required documents as soon as possible to have their applications reviewed for admissions. Spring application review starts in September. Fall application review begins in February.

All required application documents must be received by the Office of Graduate Admission by the application deadline. Email transcripts after submitting your application to Graduateadmissions@jjay.cuny Only completed applications will be reviewed by the Admission Review Committee. Please plan accordingly.