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The option of writing a thesis is available in the following master’s degree programs:

  • Criminal Justice
    (CRJ 791: Criminal Justice Thesis Prospectus Seminar)
  • Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity
    (FCM 791: Forensic Computing Prospectus Seminar)
  • Forensic Psychology
    (PSY 791: Prospectus Seminar)
  • Forensic Science
    (FOS 795, FOS 796 and FOS 797: Thesis Prospectus)
  • International Crime and Justice
    (ICJ 791: IC&J Thesis I and ICJ 792: IC&J Thesis II)

Students in the aforementioned programs are required to complete a total of 30 to 39 credits, including the appropriate thesis prospectus seminar course(s).

Permission of the instructor teaching the prospectus seminar is required in order for a student to pursue the thesis option. Successful registration of the thesis course occurs when the student’s thesis prospectus has been approved and a full-time thesis advisor has been identified. When the student completes the thesis (including all thesis courses required by their degree program), secures the approval of the first, second and third (where applicable) advisor, and the Dean of Graduate Studies approves, then the student receives a passing grade of P.

For detailed steps regarding the thesis deadlines, procedures and guidelines, reference the John Jay College Master's Thesis Deadlines Procedures and Guidelines document available on the JJC Compendium.

Note: There is no thesis option in the MPA Program, although those who successfully complete the MPA qualifying exam and have at least a 3.7 average after completing all coursework may write a thesis as an honors option.

*Please see the Graduate Bulletin for additional details regarding each program’s thesis requirements.