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.)  Students may choose one of three available tracks to complete the degree – they are color coded in green, blue and purple below. Core courses appear in bold.


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

ICJ780 Internship (six credits)

ICJ 703:  International Law  and World Order

ICJ 700:  International Crime and Justice Theory

ICJ791 Thesis I (3 credits)

ICJ792 Thesis II (3 credits)

ICJ 702:  Comparative CJ systems

ICJ 701:  International Economics


ICJ793 Comprehensive Review Course (3 credits) and Comprehensive Examination

ICJ 715:  Research Methods in ICJ


(Elective/Foreign Language)

(Elective/Foreign Language)


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 4:05 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

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
(3) Students may follow the Comprehensive Review Course, Internship or Thesis track only after the Capstone Course has been 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:

CRJ 727 Cybercriminology
CRJ 739 Crime Mapping
CRJ 744 Terrorism and Politics
CRJ 746 Terrorism and Apocalyptic Violence
CRJ 759 Comparative Police Administration
CRJ 784 Organized Crime
CRJ 798 Homeland Security and Terrorism
CRJ 796 Homeland Security and International Relations
ICJ/PAD 762 Corruption and the Global Economy
ICJ 801 Crime and Justice in the Balkans
ICJ 802 International Perspectives on Women in Criminal Justice
ICJ803 The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: International Rights and Beyond
ICJ 805 Terrorism and Human Rights
ICJ810 Human Trafficking
PAD 718 International Public Policy and Administration
PAD 746 Comparative Public Administration
PAD 772 International Inspection and Oversight
PSY 705 Psychology of the Victim
PSY729 Psychology of 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.


There are three tracks in the ICJ program.  Students choose one to graduate:

  1. The Thesis Track includes 24 credits in the program’s core courses, 6 credits from elective courses and an additional 6 credits for the thesis -, a two semester sequence ICJ791 and ICJ792.  This option is available only to students who received a grade of A- or better in both Research Methods in International Crime and Justice (ICJ 715) and CRJ 716, and maintain a 3.5 GPA.  Pursuit of the thesis track also requires permission of the program director. 
  2. Students who choose the Comprehensive Examination Track must complete the 24 credits in the program’s core courses and must pass the comprehensive examination.  The Comprehensive Review Course is recommended but not required.  If the Comprehensive Review Course is taken for credit, 9 additional credits of electives are needed.  If not taken, 12 credits of electives are needed.
  3. The Internship Track includes 24 credits in the program’s core courses, 6 credits from elective courses and an additional 6 credits for the internship option (ICJ780).   ICJ780 is an online course which is accompanied by a mandatory 280 hours in an internship site. This option is available only to students who maintain a 3.5 GPA and the permission of the program director.  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 track should start their search for an internship site at least a semester in advance. 

All students should make an appointment with the Graduate Career Advisor, Linda Mitchell, during their first semester of study:  It is recommended that all students pursue one or more internships during their graduate studies, even if they are not pursuing the internship track for credit.  Research has consistently shown that internships are the route to successful professional employment. However, international students may be restricted to internships in the summer period. For more details about procedures and requirement concerning the internship placement of international students, please click here.

Foreign Language Requirement:

The foreign language requirement is fulfilled by a test administered by LTI, the testing arm of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  This test may be taken at any time during your graduate studies, subject to the availability of the program director who is the official proctor for the test.  The test takes about 2 ½ hours and results (your proficiency ratings) are available in approximately two weeks.  It is administered in the program director´s office and consists of an oral and written components.  Students must pay LTI for the test; the cost is not included in tuition.  Please consult the program director for details.

Alternative tests may be considered in lieu of the LTI testing, and those students who have completed up to secondary schooling or higher in another language may be exempt from the requirement at the discretion of the program director.

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