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The master's programs at John Jay are among the best in the nation. Students from around the world apply to our programs. If you are interested in applying to a master’s program at John Jay College, you must meet specific standards for acceptance.

Some details:

 

Steps in Applying to a Graduate Program
In addition to a 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.
  • An essay of approximately 250-300 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, International Crime and Justice and Forensic Computing Programs. A minimum score of 297+ is acceptable.

    The GRE is also required for Criminal Justice. A minimum score of 276+ with a score of 3.0 and higher on the analytical writing section.


Veterans

Many veterans attend John Jay College as undergraduate and graduate students. If you are a veteran, your application and admission requirements are the same as for all other graduate student applicants. However, the graduate application fee is waived with the submission of a copy of your DD-214 form.

Academic Requirements for Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and higher ("B") is required. The Graduate Admissions Committee seeks students whose record of performance at the undergraduate level, and whose writing skills, indicate they are likely to do well in graduate school. The GRE is required for admissions. An applicant who meets the admission requirements, except for the course in Statistics can be accepted on the condition this undergraduate requirement is completed during the first year of the program. If you are applying to the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program, please note that the Admissions Committee for this program seeks students whose record of performance at the undergraduate level and whose writing skills indicate they are likely to do well in graduate school. While the Committee understands that a variety of factors can influence undergraduate grades, applicants whose grade point average is below 3.0 are rarely accepted. Applicants whose averages exceed this average should not, however, assume that they will automatically be admitted.

Academic Requirements for Master of Science in Forensic Computing
If you are applying to the Master of Science in Forensic Computing program, you should have completed courses on data structures, algorithms, an object oriented programming language, operating systems fundamentals and a year of calculus.For more information regarding admission prerequisites please contact the Program Director Dr. Richard Lovely rlovely@jjay.cuny.edu / 212-237-8685.

Academic Requirements for Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology and Forensic Mental Health Counseling
If you are applying to the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology or Master of Arts in Forensic Mental Health Counseling program, a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 ("B") and a combined GRE score of 297 and higher are required. At minimum, applicants must have successfully completed the following undergraduate coursework: 24 credit hours of social sciences, 12 of which are in Psychology, plus Experimental Psychology and Statistical Methods. An applicant who meets the admission requirements, except for the courses in Statistics and Experimental Psychology can be accepted on the condition these undergraduate requirements are completed during the first year of the program.

Academic Requirements for Master of Science in Forensic Science
If you are applying to the Master of Science in Forensic Science program, a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 ("B") and a GRE preferred combined score of 297 or higher are required. At minimum, applicants should have successfully completed the following undergraduate coursework: one year of biology, one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, one year of calculus, one year of calculus-based physics, one semester of biochemistry and one semester of physical chemistry and one semester of statistics. Students may be conditionally accepted with deficiency in any one of the last three courses provided that the course is successfully completed within the first two semesters of the MS Program. Students who are deficient in several courses should contact Dr. Thomas Kubic tkubic@jjay.cuny.edu / 212-237-8891 to discuss the option of taking courses as a non or second degree undergraduate student.

Academic Requirements for Master of Science in Protection Management
If you are applying to the Master of Science in Protection Management program, you will concentrate in either security management, fire protection management, or emergency management. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 ("B") and higher is required. Students without an adequate fire science background may be required to take fire science courses at the undergraduate level in order to qualify for matriculation. The Graduate Admissions Committee seeks students whose record of performance at the undergraduate level, and whose writing skills, indicate they are likely to do well in graduate school. Applicants with undergraduate gpa(s) lower than 3.0 can submit GRE scores with their application. Consult with Program Director Dr. Robert Till rtill@jjay.cuny.edu / 212-237-3531.

Academic Requirements for Master of Public Administration or National Online Master of Public Administration Inspector General
If you are applying to the Master of Public Administration or Master of Public Administration Inspector General program, you should have at least 18 undergraduate credits in the social sciences. A 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade point average is preferred. However, in exceptional cases, students with an undergraduate average of less than ‘B’ may be admitted if strong evidence of ability to complete graduate work successfully is obtained from GRE results, letters of recommendation, experience in public service, or the application essay.

Academic Requirements for Master of Arts in International Crime and Justice
If you are applying to the Master of Arts in International Crime and Justice Program, please note that the Admissions Committee for this program seeks students whose record of performance at the undergraduate level and whose writing skills indicate they are likely to do well in graduate school. While the Committee understands that a variety of factors can influence undergraduate grades, applicants whose grade point average is below 3.0 are rarely accepted. Applicants whose averages exceed this average should not, however, assume that they will automatically be admitted. A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and higher ("B") is required. Applicants should have 18 undergraduate credits in the social, behavioral or political sciences, including an undergraduate statistics course and an undergraduate economics course. Applicants can be conditionally accepted with deficiency in statistics and/or economics provided that the course(s) are successfully completed during the first year of the program. Applicants are expected to demonstrate proficiency in a Foreign Language. Please contact the Program Director for more information about foreign language competency, rbarberet@jjay.cuny.edu. The GRE is required for admissions. The Graduate Admissions Committee will evaluate the GRE scores as one component of the application profile.

Academic Requirements for Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology
Admission to the program will be based upon the following criteria: a bachelor’s degree, with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 ("B"); a graduate degree in psychology, social work, or counseling; a personal statement that supports the applicant’s request for admission to the certificate program; appropriate letters of recommendation.