Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

36 credits are required to complete the International Crime and Justice graduate program. Students should be able to complete the course of study in two years if they maintain full-time status (defined as four courses a semester) or within four years if they are part-time status (fewer than four courses a semester). Students who work full time should limit themselves to a maximum of two courses a semester. Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in good standing and in order to graduate.

A suggested sequence for a full-time student who does not need to take any prerequisites is detailed below. (Part-time students should follow the flow of the chart.)  Core courses appear in bold.

*The table below is just one example of course sequencing. Sequencing is based on personal preference and workload out of the classroom setting. Students are also encouraged to combine elective courses with core course enrollment. You only need four elective courses to graduate (12 credits in total). If some courses are taken during summer/winter the student can finish the program in less than two years.


Year 1 Fall

Year 1 Spring

Year 2 Fall

Year 2 Spring

ICJ 704:  Culture and Identity in Global Context

CRJ 716:  Using Computers in Social Research

ICJ 770:  Capstone Seminarh

Internship (six credits); this counts as two electives

ICJ 702:  Comparative CRJ Systems

ICJ 703:  International Criminal Law

ICJ791 Thesis I (3 credits)

ICJ792 Thesis II (3 credits)

ICJ 700:  International Crime and Justice T

ICJ 701:  Illegal Markets and Economic Justice



ICJ 715:  Research Methods in ICJ




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) and Thesis I/Thesis II (6 credits). The thesis elective is taken over a two semester sequence as ICJ 791 and ICJ 792. The internship course (ICJ 780) is an online course that 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 and the program director. Students interested in the internship elective should start their search for an internship site at least one 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).


ICJ 780  Internship Course                                                 6

ICJ 791   International Crime and Justice Thesis I        3

ICJ 792  International Crime and Justice Thesis II       3


Course availability:

All core courses are offered every semester.  In addition to semester offerings, CRJ716 as well as some electives are offered during the summer; some electives are also offered during the winter session.  Summer offerings may include some core courses if there is sufficient student interest and faculty is available to teach them.  During the fall and spring semesters all core courses are scheduled after 3.45p.m.

Course sequencing:

After complying with prerequisites, courses may be taken in any order with the following exceptions/rules:
(1) ICJ 715 (Research Methods) must be taken before CRJ 716. 
(2) ICJ 770 (The Capstone Course) may only be taken after all other core courses are completed.

Exceptions to these rules, for good reason, may be made at the discretion of the Program Director.


Elective course offerings will vary every semester and new electives may be developed.  Below is a list of currently approved electives for ICJ programs.  Students may always take electives from our program (identified by the “ICJ” prefix) or they may choose electives from other graduate programs (e.g. prefixed PSY, CRJ, PAD) if they are international in nature.    Graduate courses not on the list below (whether offered at John Jay, other CUNY colleges, or at other universities) may be approved as electives by the program director on a case by case basis.  Students are also allowed to pursue one independent study course if they so choose, as long as it is international in nature.  To pursue an independent study, students must have completed 12 credits and have a minimum GPA of 3.30.  Students must find a faculty advisor and fill out the independent study form, registering for ICJ794.  The form is available via the following link: An independent study course cannot be pursued in the summertime. 

The current list of approved IC&J offerings is:

ICJ 705                        Human Rights and Counterterrorism

ICJ 706                        Transnational Crime

ICJ 720                        Crime and Justice in the Balkans

ICJ 721                        International Perspectives on Women in Criminal Justice

PAD/ICJ 762             Corruption and the Global Economy

ICJ 803                        The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: International Rights and Beyond

ICJ 725                        Environmental Crime

ICJ 806                        Transitional Justice

ICJ 730                        Human Trafficking

CRJ 713                      White Collar Crime

CRJ 727                      Cybercriminology

CRJ 739                      Crime Mapping

CRJ 744                      Terrorism and Politics

CRJ 747                      Terrorism and Apocalyptic Violence

CRJ 759                      Comparative Police Administration

CRJ 784                      Organized Crime

CRJ 797                      Homeland Security and International Relations

CRJ 798                      Homeland Security and Terrorism

PAD 718                     International Public Policy and Administration

PAD 746                     Comparative Public Administration

PAD 772                     Intl. Inspection and Oversight

PSY 705                      Victimology

PSY 729                      Terrorism

Electives that are not prefixed “ICJ” may require permission of the respective program director.  Students should contact the MA ICJ program director for assistance.  Electives do not generally have prerequisites – but students will need to check the Graduate Bulletin to verify.

Many IC&J MA students group their electives in order to obtain the MA Certificate in Terrorism Studies.  Most of the courses that count towards this certificate also count towards the ICJ MA.  Please view the Center on Terrorism webpage at and consult with their staff for more information.

Students in the IC&J MA program may take elective courses that will count towards the Advanced Certificate in Transnational Organized Crimes Studies (ACTCOTS) and the Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies.

If you are interested in pursuing the Advanced Certificate in Transnational Organized Crime Studies or the Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies as a way to channel your electives, please view their webpages below and consult with their staff for more information.

Program Director:

Jana Arsovska, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Sociology Department
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 W 59th St. (NH# 3257s), New York, NY 10019