Baccalaureate/Master’s Degree Program (BA/MA)
The Baccalaureate/Master’s Degree Program (BA/MA) provides academically advanced students the opportunity to simultaneously pursue the baccalaureate and master’s degrees. It is available to students studying criminal justice, forensic psychology and public administration. The number of undergraduate electives and courses in the major are reduced for BA/MA candidates, thus enabling them to begin graduate courses once they have fulfilled the college general education requirements and some of the requirements of their major. Graduate courses then fulfill certain undergraduate requirements.
These programs allow exceptional students the opportunity to complete the two degrees in a five year time period. In addition to the recognition associated with an advanced academic program, and the potential for accelerated degree acquisition, the BA/MA program has a built in scholarship incentive. Students are charged the undergraduate tuition rate for graduate courses until they reach 120 credits. Students are then charged graduate tuition rates. If you would like more details about each of the graduate degree programs, click here.
The BA/MA program also provides its students with academic enrichment opportunities such as a designated research scholarship, special lectures, and receptions. The Research Incentive Scholarship for BA/MA students has been established (may not be offered in 2014). This scholarship provides awards up to $2,000 based on student's GPA and participation in a research project. Also, special lectures, receptions and related activities are held periodically for BA/MA students.
The BA/MA program has minimum and maximum requirements as set forth by the State of New York Education Department and the City University of New York (CUNY). The basic parameters are 128-134 credits. These parameters are applied flexibly in individual cases.
In order to obtain both the bachelor’s and the master’s degrees, students must successfully complete the specified degree requirements:
BA/MA in Criminal Justice
128 credits and a Master’s Thesis
134 credits and Pass the CRJ Comprehensive Exam
BA/MA in Forensic Psychology
BA/MA in Public Administration
*For each of these programs, the entire graduate course of study must be completed. Students who are interested in the BA/MA Program are encouraged to meet with the BA/MA Director early in their academic career.
To be eligible for admission, students must complete 60 credits (including the college general education requirements) and have earned a 3.5 or better grade point average (GPA). This is a minimum requirement for eligibility and does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Applicants must also submit a personal statement indicating why they are seeking admission, recommendations from faculty members, and a writing sample that is representative of their research/writing skills. Applications are reviewed each fall for spring admission and each spring for fall admission. Transfer students must first establish the 3.5 GPA, for one semester (12 credits) at John Jay College, prior to applying to the BA/MA Program. However, students transferring from colleges with an articulation agreement with John Jay College will be considered for admission to the BA/MA Program based on their GPA at the home college.
Students are required to maintain the 3.5 GPA to remain in the BA/MA Program. Students whose GPAs fall below the 3.5 level will not be able to receive the graduate degree even if they have completed sufficient credits.
Combined degree program requirements
MA in Criminal Justice (30–36 credits)
BA in Criminal Justice
BS in Criminal Justice
BS in Criminal Justice Management
MA in Forensic Psychology (42 credits)
BA in Forensic Psychology
MA in Public Administration (42 credits)
BS in Public Administration
BS in Criminal Justice Management
Baccalaureate/Master's program and the Thesis Alternative:
BA/MA students in the Criminal Justice Program who choose to complete the alternative to the thesis requirement for their master’s degree must complete a total of 134 credits, 36 of which must be graduate credits. BA/MA students in the Public Administration Program must complete 134 credits, 42 of which must be graduate credits. BA/MA students in the Forensic Psychology Program must complete 134 credits, 42 of which must be graduate credits.
Application and Admission
Application process - To be eligible to apply to the John Jay College BA/MA Degree program a student must have completed at least 60 credits and less than 85 credits and maintained a 3.5 or better grade point average. Applicants must submit an application form along with their complete college transcript, two letters of recommendation from current or former professors, a writing sample that demonstrates writing/research skills (such as a term paper or research paper), and a 500-1000 word personal statement of their interest, qualifications, and career goals. Application materials (INCLUDING the Application Form) should be delivered or mailed to:
Chitra Raghavan, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Director of BA/MA Program
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street
10th Floor, Room 63:10
New York, NY 10019
Please note! The fall 2014 deadline is February 21, 2014.
Admission criteria - The BA/MA Director will make admission decisions based upon review of each student's application, transcripts and the other sources noted above. In addition, prospective students may be invited in for an interview.
Transfer students - An official transcript from all colleges, other than John Jay College, must be submitted along with the application. It can either be mailed directly to Professor Raghavan from the designated college registrar or delivered in a sealed envelope along the other application materials. All transfer students are required to first enroll in 12 credits at John Jay before being admitted into the program. Considerations will be done on a case-by-case basis. Students considering transferring to John Jay College for the BA/MA program, as well as students who have already transferred to John Jay College and who are considering application to the BA/MA degree program are advised to contact Professor Raghavan or her assistant directly.
To complete the BA/MA degree program each student must complete the College's undergraduate general education requirements, the relevant undergraduate major requirements (graduate courses are substituted for some undergraduate major requirements and electives), and the required graduate course of study. The requirements for each of the Graduate Degree programs are spelled out in the college catalogue and through the College's Graduate Degree programs website.
The Directors of the Master's Degree programs are:
Criminal Justice, Co-Directors:
Prof. William C. Heffernan - Law, Police Science
Prof. Andrew Karmen – Sociology
Forensic Psychology, Director:
Prof. Diana Falkenbach – Psychology
Public Administration, Directors:
Prof. Marilyn Rubin - Director of Public Management
Prof. Warren Benton - Director of MPA- Inspector General Program
Once admitted into the BA/MA program, students will receive academic advisement from the BA/MA Director and/or faculty in the student's respective program.
Frequently asked questions
Q: I have already completed 60 undergraduate credits and I am currently taking 15 credits, can I still be admitted to a BA/MA program?
A: Yes, if you have the requisite cumulative GPA (3.5) you can apply for admission for the upcoming fall or spring semester.
Q: I am a part-time student at John Jay College. Can I pursue the BA/MA program as a part-time student?
A: Yes, if you meet all the other qualifications, you can pursue the joint degrees as a part-time student.
Q: I have transferred to John Jay College from another college where I completed 76 undergraduate credits but only 52 credits were accepted by the John Jay College Registrar. Am I eligible to apply to the BA/MA program?
A: The eligibility is based upon the number of credits accepted with your transfer. Before applying, you must first establish a 3.5 grade point average for at least one semester (12 credits) at John Jay College.
Q: I am planning to apply to become a John Jay College McNair Scholar. Can I be a BA/MA student while also being a McNair Scholar?
A: Yes, you can though it is advised that you discuss it with the McNair Program Director.
Q: What happens if I finish all my required credits but my GPA falls below 3.5?
A: You can receive the baccalaureate degree and complete the masters degree separately. The details of this procedure can be provided by the Director of the BA/MA programs.
Q: What is the maximum number of undergraduate credits I can have and still be eligible for the BA/MA program?
A: Students should apply when they have completed 60-85 undergraduate credits. Those students having more than 85 credits will require individualized review.
Q: What are the demands and requirements of graduate courses in comparison to undergraduate courses?
A: In general the graduate courses are much more demanding than the undergraduate courses, and thus students are advised to take fewer courses per semester. A study plan is usually formulated with the director and students early in the enrollment process.
Q: Are the GRE's required for admission to the BA/MA program?
A: GRE's are not required for admission.
For additional information, contact Professor Chitra Raghavan, Director of the BA/MA Program at 212.237.8417 or email: email@example.com.