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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in International Crime and Justice requires 36 credits of coursework, consisting of 24 credits from required courses and 12 credits from elective courses.

Electives may be selected from the "International Criminology" or "International Law Enforcement and Crime Control" themes, or from any of the graduate courses offered at John Jay and CUNY, subject to the approval of the program director. Students may use their 12 elective credits to complete courses toward the Advanced Certificate in Transnational Organized Crime Studies or the Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies, or students can take a combination of different courses chosen from a list of approved electives. Please see the Graduate Bulletin for the list of approved electives.

Students who have completed 15 credits and have a GPA of 3.5 or above are eligible to take the following electives: Internship (6 credits) & Thesis I & Thesis II (6 credits). The thesis elective is taken over a period of two semester sequence ICJ 791 and ICJ 792.  The Internship course (ICJ 780) is an online course which is accompanied by a mandatory 280 hours in an internship site. Placements in internship sites are arranged at the initiative of the student in consultation with the Center for Career and Professional Development Center and the program director.  Students interested in the internship elective should start their search for an internship site at least a semester in advance. Students are encouraged to pursue one or more internships during their graduate studies, even if they are not taking the Internship elective course, potentially as an Independent Study (3 credits).