Online Criminal Justice MA

  • 100% online courses - Flexible course schedule. No scheduled meeting times. You can study when and where you want.
  • Accelerated 8-week session format - Earn credits every 8 weeks. 
  • Prominent faculty - Our faculty members are leading authorities in criminal justice studies.
  • Affordable price - We offer one of the most affordable criminal justice studies programs in the U.S.
  • A prestigious credential - Online or on campus, you’ll obtain a credential that is recognized worldwide.

A senior college of The City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a preeminent national and international leader in all aspects of education related to criminal justice and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The aim of the online Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice program is to broaden the perspective of those already in the Criminal Justice profession or those seeking a mastery of the major works and theories of criminology, policing, corrections, judicial studies, quantitative research methods and policy analysis. The courses provide a general survey of the field, covering research methods, causes of crime and analyses of the police, courts and the correctional system.


Students complete four (4) required courses: CRJ 710, 711, 715, 716, and 730. Students must pass the CRJ Qualifying Exam before they are granted permission to enroll in CRJ 730, Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice. 

CRJ 710 Issues in Criminal Justice I: Theory and Courts

CRJ 711 Issues in Criminal Justice II: Policing and Corrections

CRJ 715 Research Design and Methods

CRJ 716 Using Computers in Social Research (CRJ 715 prerequisite)

CRJ Qualifying Examination (the exam covers coursework for CRJ 715 and CRJ 716)

CRJ 730 Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice

Students must complete CRJ 715 & 716 in their first 24 credits of courses and pass the Qualifying Exam before they can enroll in CRJ 730, Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice.

The specialization lists provided below are not intended to be exhaustive. The program director has discretion to substitute other courses to satisfy the specialization requirement. Students should consult with the program director before taking a course for specialization credit when that course is not on the specialization list. Dual specializations are permissible if the student has fulfilled the requirements of both specializations, but the same elective may not be used for two specializations.


Criminal Law and Procedure

CRJ 708 Law, Evidence and Ethics
CRJ 733 Constitution and Criminal Justice
CRJ 738 Race and Crime in America
CRJ 745 Legal Aspects of Undercover Activity



CRJ 738 Race and Crime in America
CRJ 739 Crime Mapping
CRJ 745 Legal Aspects of Undercover Activity
CRJ 751 Crime Scene Investigation
CRJ 754/PAD 754 Investigative Techniques 
CRJ 761 Youth, Crime, and Delinquency Control
CRJ 762 Investigation Violent Crime
CRJ 786 Problem-Oriented Policing


Terrorism Studies

CRJ 744 Terrorism and Politics
CRJ 746 Terrorism and Apocalyptic Violence
CRJ 748 Organized Crime
CRJ 776 Seminar in Terrorism Studies
CRJ 798 Homeland Security and Terrorism


Criminology and Deviance

CRJ 713 White Collar Crime
CRJ 738 Race and Crime in America
CRJ 739 Crime Mapping
CRJ 761 Youth Crime and Delinquency Control
CRJ 769 Deviant Behavior
CRJ 784 Organized Crime

To be considered for admission, students must meet the following requirements:

  • One class in undergraduate statistics is required, though students may be accepted on the condition that this requirement is met within the first year of the program. Accepted grades for the undergraduate statistics course is of a B or higher.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or an international equivalent
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (or meet contingency requirements as determined by the program on a case-by-case basis)
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or IELTS, is required for international applicants who have not studied in English-speaking countries. John Jay College’s TOEFL code number is 2115-99. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test, and 79-80 for the Internet-based test. The minimum score for IELTS is 7.
  • Submission of a complete application.
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