2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin

Transnational Organized Crime Studies, Advanced Certificate

The Advanced Certificate in Transnational Organized Crime Studies (ACTOCS) offers advanced instruction on the nature, dynamics, causes, and control of those crime phenomena that pose a challenge to more than one country and call for international cooperation. It examines the nature and etiology of established as well as emerging transnational organized criminal groups and criminal activities. The focus is on illegal cross-border trade such as the trafficking in drugs, counterfeit medicine, and humans; transnational predatory crimes such as cross-border serial burglary; international environmental crimes; money laundering, corruption, and cybercrime; networks of offenders involved in these crimes and their terrestrial and virtual mobility; and factors that facilitate and shape transnational crime, including technology, international travel, trade, and migration. 

This advanced certificate program is appropriate for students who wish to engage in research, join law enforcement agencies at national or international levels, or seek employment at public or private international organizations.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of how criminal structures and illegal activities transcend international borders
  • demonstrate knowledge of international legal and institutional frameworks for responding to transnational organized crime
  • think critically about potential solutions for transnational crime and develop theoretically grounded and evidence-based policy solutions that integrate interdisciplinary knowledge
  • be able to classify and analyze transnational organized crime phenomena
  • be able to critically assess the validity and reliability of data on transnational crime
  • demonstrate knowledge of private sector, public private and civil society responses to transnational crime and identify best practices in this field
  • gain knowledge about less common forms, as well as emerging new forms of transnational crime

This is a stand-alone certificate at the graduate level. A student may pursue the advanced certificate independent of a master’s program or while pursuing a John Jay master’s degree. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a New York State Education Department certificate.



Requirements for the Advanced Certificate

Required Courses

ICJ 706Transnational Crime


CRJ 784Organized Crime


Total Credit Hours:6


Select two.
CRJ 713White-Collar Crime


FCM 727/CRJ 727Cybercriminology


PAD 762/ICJ 762Corruption and the Global Economy


Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 12

For additional information about this advanced certificate program, please contact Professor Jana Arsovska at 212.393.6345 or via email at jarsovska@jjay.cuny.edu.