2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin

Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts / Master of Arts

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 30
General Education 42
Other Required Courses
Undergraduate Electives 23-26
Criminal Justice MA
Total Credits Required for B.A. Degree 128-134

Undergraduate major coordinator. Professor Evan Mandery, Department of Criminal Justice (212.237.8389, emandery@jjay.cuny.edu).

Graduate program director. Professor Heath Grant, Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration (212-393-6377, hgrant@jjay.cuny.edu).

Graduate advisors. Dr. Janice Carrington (212-237-8418, jcarrington@jjay.cuny.edu) and Jennifer Cadeau (646.781.5833, jcadeau@jjay.cuny.edu), Criminal Justice MA Program.

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

CJBA 110Introduction to Major Problems in Criminal Justice I


CJBA 111Introduction to Major Problems in Criminal Justice II


CJBA 210Criminal Responsibility


CJBA 230Understanding Criminal Behavior


CJBA 240Quantitative Inquiry of Problems in Criminal Justice I


CJBA 241Quantitative Inquiry of Problems in Criminal Justice II


CJBA 250Crime Prevention and Control


CJBA 340Research Methods in Criminal Justice


CJBA 410Senior Thesis I


CJBA 411Senior 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.

Total Credit Hours: 30

Other Required Courses

May be required depending on math placement
MAT 108Social Science Math



MAT 141Pre-Calculus


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

Total Credit Hours: 0-3

Undergraduate Electives

Students must complete 23-26 credits of electives to fulfill the undergraduate portion of the degree program.  Students have free choice of electives being mindful of the liberal arts and sciences requirements for a BA degree (90 credits). Students can also opt to complete a minor with their electives.

Total Credit Hours: 23-26

Criminal Justice MA Program

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements

Total Credit Hours:15

The Qualifying Exam prerequisites:

The two-part Qualifying Exam must be taken after completing the two required core CRJ courses, CRJ 715 and CRJ 716, and before completing 24 credits of coursework. Upon completion of CRJ 715 and CRJ 716, both parts of the exam must be taken in the same semester.  

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.

Total Credit Hours:9

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).

Total Credit Hours:12

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.

Total Credit Hours:6

CRJ Specializations Degree Requirements

Criminology and Deviance

Criminal Law and Procedure

Police Administration

Correction Administration

Terrorism Studies

Total Credit Hours: 30-36

Total Credit Hours: 128-134