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Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice Ranked in Nation's Top 10 by US NEWS & WORLD REPORT and John Jay in Top 20% of Nation's MPA Programs

John Jay in Top 20% of Nation's MPA Programs -- Places Third behind Columbia and NYU for NYC Programs

New York, NY, March, 17, 2011 - The U.S. News and World Report's 2012 Best Graduate Schools survey ranks the CUNY Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as one of the top 10 programs in the nation, ahead of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, University of Florida and Northeastern University.

The College's MPA Program was again ranked in the top 20% of the nation's MPA Programs. Only three public policy programs in New York City – NYU, Columbia and John Jay - were among the top 20% nationwide. Furthermore, the ranking places John Jay’s program ahead of Baruch, the New School and Pace University.

"This ranking is a tremendous honor," said Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "We are proud that our graduate programs continue to solidify the reputation of John Jay College as a thought leader in criminal justice. Our faculty is at the forefront of innovative research and solutions that will help to address the many challenges of the 21st Century. By choosing to study at John Jay, our students will acquire the skills needed to become agents of change in the pursuit of justice."

The CUNY Graduate Center Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice offers an interdisciplinary education in the fields of criminal justice, criminology and forensic science. The program prepares students for careers of scholarship and teaching in criminal justice and related areas. Students in the criminal justice program receive rigorous training in criminological theory, criminal justice process and policy, research methods and statistics. For more information, go to http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/academics/744.php.

John Jay College's Master of Public Administration has two tracks – a traditional MPA track and the Inspector General track, which focuses on inspection and oversight. This double track sets John Jay's program apart from those of other institutions. The Inspector General track also offers a national online program. With more than 500 students, John Jay's MPA program is one of the largest in the country. Most of those enrolled want to enter public service; many are pursuing careers in criminal justice from the profession's administrative side. For more information, go to http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/mpa/

US News & World Report "Best Graduate Schools" rankings spotlight the country's academically excellent graduate programs. The PhD program rankings in Criminology are based solely on the responses of peer assessment surveys sent to academics in the criminology discipline, four per school.

Established in 1964, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York is an international leader in educating for justice. It offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit www.jjay.cuny.edu.