Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

MASTER OF ARTS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICEProgram Director: 
Dr. Avram S. Bornstein

The John Jay Criminal Justice Master of Arts Program has a large, diverse, and celebrated faculty who provide students with an advanced understanding of research and practice in the US criminal justice system and related issues. Core classes provide a mastery of the major works and theories of criminology, policing, corrections, judicial studies, quantitative research methods and policy analysis. Students are able to select from numerous electives to build a specialization in areas such as Criminology & Deviance, Criminal Law & Procedure, Policing or Corrections. Among the many available electives are courses such as Crime Mapping, Cyber-crime, Crime Scene Investigation, Drug & Alcohol Abuse, Homeland Security & Terrorism, and Criminal Law. Students are also able to select electives to earn Advanced Certificates in Terrorism Studies, Crime Prevention and Analysis, and Criminal Investigation. The Program also allows interested students to participate in faculty research or undertake internships with criminal justice employers for credit.

The program is designed for:

  • Those who wish to obtain a terminal master’s degree as a credential for entry into the criminal justice professions.
  • Those employed in the criminal justice system, who wish to acquire job-related knowledge or broaden their perspectives.
  • Those already employed in the criminal justice system who seek to teach at the community college-level or to obtain a post in some other area of the criminal justice system.
  • Those interested in an academic career in higher education, who wish to obtain a master’s degree before entering a doctoral program.