Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in International Crime and Justice is designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in the social, behavioral, and political sciences as well as for professionals already working in criminal justice, international relations, the non-profit sector, and related fields.

The program offers the opportunity to conduct in-depth examinations of various illegal cross-border activities, including:

  • Trafficking in drugs, counterfeit medicine, arms, and human beings
  • Environmental crimes
  • Money laundering and cybercrime
  • Global terrorism
  • Corruption


Students will also explore serious international violations of human rights, including the commission of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. In addition, the program gives students the tools to evaluate strategies for deterrence, mitigation, and other responses to international crime.  Among the key international organizations that will be examined are the United Nations and criminal justice agencies such as INTERPOL and Europol.

The program requires 36 credits of coursework.  Students take an eight-course core curriculum for a total of 24 credits and fulfill remaining credits in courses chosen from a list of approved electives.  The program culminates with one of three options: a thesis, an internship, or a comprehensive examination.  Students must also demonstrate competency in a foreign language of their choice. 

Students can earn the MA degree in 1 – 2 years of full-time study or in 3 – 4 years of part-time study.  Courses are offered both in person and online.  Students typically take courses during John Jay’s 15-week fall and spring semesters, but some courses may be offered during the condensed winter and summer sessions.

Foreign Language Proficiency

To graduate from the International Crime and Justice program, students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language of their choosing.  Foreign language proficiency sets ICJ students apart from other criminal justice graduates and gives them an advantage in the workplace.

Typically, students fulfill the foreign language requirement by passing a test administered by Language Testing International (LTI), the testing arm of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The on-campus test can be taken any time during the course of graduate studies, and consists of both an oral and a written examination.  The cost of the test is not included in tuition. 

Some exemptions and options for alternative testing may be available at the discretion of Dr. Rosemary Barberet, the foreign language coordinator of the program. For further details about the foreign language requirement, please contact Professor Rosemary Barberet at 212-237-8676 or

For a complete list program requirements, see the Graduate Bulletin.