Admission Requirements

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Questions or comments with respect to the information presented on this webpage should be directed to Christopher Laudando or Graduate Admissions.


With your completed application, the following items must be submitted:

  • A non-refundable application fee of $125 (U.S.), check or money order, made payable to John Jay College.
  • Official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate work sent directly from the institution(s) of record to John Jay College.  If you  graduated with a bachelor’s degree from John Jay College, you are not required to submit a transcript with your application.  To apply for any of the graduate programs, you should have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  • Three academic references or letters of recommendation.  If you graduated more than two years ago, professional references are acceptable.
  • For those applying to MPA programs: 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.
  • For all other applicants: an essay of approximately 200-350 words indicating the reasons for pursuing graduate study with reference to career objectives.
  • The Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination is required for admission to the Forensic Science, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Mental Health Counseling and Forensic Computing Programs.  A minimum score of 1000+ is acceptable.

    The GRE is also required for Criminal Justice and International Crime and Justice. A combined score has not been determined as yet; however, applicants should strive for a combined score of 750+ with a score of 3 and higher on the analytical writing section.