General Admission Requirements

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524 West 59th St.
Room L.64.00NB
New York, NY 10019

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Mon: 9AM - 5PM
Tues: 9AM – 5PM
Wed: 9AM - 5:45PM
Thur: 9AM - 5PM
Fri: 9AM - 5PM

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 Applicants must complete an Online Application

All required application documents MUST be received by the Office of Admission by the application deadline. Only completed applications will be reviewed by the Admission Review Committee. Please plan accordingly.

Application Fee
Applicants must submit a non-refundable application fee of $125.00 in the form of a check or money order made payable to “John Jay College” (do not send cash). John Jay College alumni are waived from submitting the application fee. This courtesy is limited to one application fee waiver. The graduate application fee may also be waived for veterans by submitting a copy of their DD-214 form to the Admissions Office.

Official transcripts, from ALL post-secondary institutions attended, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. If the applicant is a John Jay alum, the John Jay transcript does not need to be submitted. Transcripts must be official and provided in a signed and sealed envelope of each institution. An earned bachelor’s degree, from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution or an international equivalent, is required for admission. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is expected for all graduate programs.

Personal Statement
A personal statement is required for all master’s and certificate programs. This is the opportunity for applicants to demonstrate strong writing skills as well as provide additional details regarding their academic and/or professional accomplishments or challenges. The personal statement should be approximately 300-500 words and describe who the applicant’s personal and/or professional goals can be achieved through graduate study at John Jay College.

For those applying to MPA programs: For your personal statement, please describe, in a well-developed essay of between 300 and 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
Three letters of recommendation are required for all master degree programs. The online submission of recommendation letters is preferred. If mailed, reference letters must arrive in sealed envelopes and include the appropriate recommendation form utilized by each graduate program. The recommendation forms can be accessed within the online application.

Test Scores
The General Record Examination (GRE) is required for the Forensic Science, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Mental Health Counseling, Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity, Criminal Justice and International Crime and Justice programs. Applicants with undergraduate grade point averages below 3.0 applying to the Public Administration (MPA) and Protection Management (MS) programs, are strongly encouraged to submit GRE scores. 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. Personal copies are not acceptable. For those applying to the MA/JD in Forensic Psychology program, LSAT scores may be submitted in lieu of the GRE.

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