2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin

Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science / Master of Arts

The BS in Criminal Justice (Institutional Theory and Practice) major is intended for students who seek a career in criminal justice and would like to explore the field from a broad perspective. It is devoted to understanding criminal justice institutional theory and practice in the context of diverse multicultural societies. The major underscores the rule of law as the glue which holds together the arenas of police, courts, and corrections that along with other social institutions and the public, are the co–producers of justice.


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 BS Major Courses
General Education 42
 Other Required Undergraduate Courses
Undergraduate Electives 23-26
Criminal Justice MA Courses 30-36
Total Credits Required for B.S. / M.A. Degree 128-134

Undergraduate Advisors
. Ms. Andriana Mylonas and Ms. Wanda Owens, Academic Advisement Center, (L.73 NB, cjbs@jjay.cuny.edu). Make an appointment using AdvisorTrac

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

Graduate Program Advisor. 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. Baccalaureate/Master’s Programs including application and eligibility requirements. 

Additional information. Students who enrolled in this program for the first time in September 2017 or thereafter must complete the program in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose the form shown here or the earlier version of the program, see the Graduate Program Advisor.

Criminal Justice BS Requirements

POL 101American Government & Politics


SOC 101Introduction to Sociology


CJBS 101Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System


LAW 203Constitutional Law


SOC 203Criminology


CJBS 250Research Methods and Statistics for Criminal Justice


CJBS 300Criminal Justice: Theory in Practice


CJBS 415Capstone Seminar for BS in Criminal Justice


Advisor recommendations: SOC 101 can fulfill the Flexible Core: Individual and Society and POL 101 can fulfill the Flexible Core: U.S. Experience in its Diversity areas of the College’s General Education requirements.

Diversity Requirement

Choose one
COR 320Race, Class and Gender in a Correctional Context


CRJ 420/SOC 420Women and Crime


LAW 313/POL 313The Law and Politics of Race Relations


LAW 340Employment Discrimination Law, Affirmative Action and Police Organization


PSC 202Police and Diversity


PSC 235Women in Policing


Total Credit Hours: 27

Other Undergraduate Required Courses

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



MAT 141Pre-Calculus


STA 250Principles and Methods of Statistics


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

Note: Students must complete STA 250 when they are undergraduates.

Total Credit Hours: 3-6

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 science requirements for the BS degree (60 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