General Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

Applicants must complete an Online Application.

All required application documents MUST be received by the Office of Admission by the application deadline. Only completed applications will be reviewed by the Admission Review Committee. Please plan accordingly.

Application Fee
Applicants must submit a non-refundable application fee of $125.00 in the form of a check or money order made payable to “John Jay College” (do not send cash). We do not currently have online credit card or e-check payment available. The application fee is waived for John Jay College alumni or current students and for US Veterans or active armed service members. This courtesy is limited to one application fee waiver for John Jay Alumni. US Veterans and Active Service members must submit a copy of their DD-214 or proof of active service to the Admissions Office after submitting the application.

Transcripts
Official transcripts, from ALL post-secondary institutions attended, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. If the applicant graduated with an undergraduate degree from CUNY in 2004 or after, transcripts do not need to be submitted. CUNY graduates before 2004 are required to request transcripts be sent to John Jay College. Transcripts must be official and provided in a signed and sealed envelope of each institution. If previous colleges send official electronic transcripts, please email to Graduateadmissions@jjay.cuny.edu  An earned bachelor’s degree, from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution or an international equivalent, is required for admission. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is expected for all graduate programs. International applicants should see special instructions for transcripts here

Personal Statement
A personal statement is required for all master’s and certificate programs. This is the opportunity for applicants to demonstrate strong writing skills as well as provide additional details regarding their academic and/or professional accomplishments or challenges. The personal statement should be approximately 300-500 words (1 to 2 pages) and describe how the applicant’s personal and/or professional goals can be achieved through graduate study at John Jay College. 
For those applying to MPA programs: For your personal statement, 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.

Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required for most of our master degree programs. See Program requirements for specifics here The online submission of recommendation letters is preferred. If mailed, reference letters must arrive in sealed envelopes and include the appropriate recommendation form utilized by each graduate program. The recommendation forms can be accessed within the online application.

Test Scores
The General Record Examination (GRE) is required for the Forensic Science, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Psychology and Law, Forensic Mental Health Counseling, Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity, and International Crime and Justice programs. Applicants with undergraduate grade point averages below 3.0 applying to other programs may wish to submit GRE scores to improve their admissions applications, but they are not required. The GRE code number for John Jay College is 2115. If required, official standardized test score report(s) must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions directly from the testing agency. For those applying to the MA/JD in Forensic Psychology program, LSAT scores may be submitted in lieu of the GRE.

If you are an international student, please click here for further information.