The John Jay Master of Arts Online Program in International Crime and Justice provides students with an understanding of the transnational and global ramifications of crime and crime control. As crime and justice become increasingly internationalized, the study of criminal justice must evolve past the traditional discourse that examines issues pertaining to each individual country. The core courses of the program encompass comparative and international criminal justice and criminology. Students can combine core and elective courses to obtain the Advanced Certificate in Transnational Organized Crime Studies (ACTOCS) in addition to the Master’s degree.
The program is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences as well as for mid-career professionals from the United States and from around the world who are already working in criminal justice, international relations, the non-profit sector, and similar fields.
Instructors in the International Crime and Justice MA program are multicultural and multilingual and represent many different academic disciplines, including Anthropology, Criminology, Economics, Law, Sociology, and Political Science. They have been recognized for their teaching, student mentoring, and research and publications, including several award winning books. ICJ faculty have also served as consultants to national organizations, including the United Nations, World Bank, INTERPOL, USAID, and DEA
The program requires 36 credits of coursework which includes 24 credit hours of core courses and 12 credit hours of elective courses.
The eight core courses are:
- ICJ 700: International Crime and Justice Theory
- ICJ 701: Illegal Markets and Economic Justice
- ICJ 702: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
- ICJ 703: International Criminal Law
- ICJ 704: Crime, Justice and Cultural Struggles
- ICJ 706: Transnational Crime
- ICJ 715: Applied Research Methods in International Crime and Justice
- ICJ 770: Capstone Course in International Crime and Justice
For the required four electives, students can currently choose among these courses:
- ICJ 725 Environmental Crime
- ICJ 762 Corruption and the Global Economy
- ICJ 780 Internship course*
- CRJ 713 White Collar Crime
- CRJ 739 Crime Mapping
- CRJ 744 Terrorism and Politics
- CRJ 784 Organized Crime
* individual approval required
The Master of Arts Online Program in International Crime and Justice welcomes applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited post-secondary institution, or international equivalent, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. In addition, applicants should have successfully completed an undergraduate statistics course. Students may be conditionally admitted without undergraduate statistics but must complete this course within the first year of the program. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
Applicants are asked to submit:
- Official transcripts of undergraduate and other graduate coursework
- Three letters of recommendation
- A personal statement of approximately 500 words giving reasons for wanting to pursue graduate study
- A writing sample of 5-10 pages (of a research or analytical paper)
The Admissions Committee may request interviews with applicants.
Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 212-237-8863 or firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions regarding the admissions review process.
MA John Jay College of Criminal Justice
PhD Rutgers University
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Dr. Petrossian expertise is in wildlife crime; spatial and temporal patterns of crime; environmental criminology and opportunity theories; crime prevention; problem-oriented policing; and qualitative methods
MA, PhD Catholic University of Leuven
Associate Professor of Sociology, Dr. Arsovska specializes is in the fields of organized crime and state crime, Balkan studies, culture and crime
MA University of Massachusetts
PhD University of Maryland
Professor of Sociology, Dr. Berberet specializes in comparative criminology, victimology, and gender and crime with additional expertise in Spain/Europe.
PhD University of Utah (Sociology)
Associate Professor of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration, Dr. Celinska is an expert in the areas of violence prevention, program evaluation, women's issue in criminal justice, and the impact of imprisonment on offenders and their families
PhD The Graduate School and University Center, CUNY
Professor of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration, Dr. Haberfeld's areas of expertise are in comparative policing with an emphasis on counter-terrorism, the use of force and ethics, and comparative criminal justice
MA, PhD University of California, Riverside
Assistant Professor of Economics, Dr. Hamilton's special focus is on the nature of gift-giving/sharing of illegal drugs and other non-monetary transactions; Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Corruption (FWAC) in government; and equity dimensions of criminal justice policy
PhD University of Minnesota
Associate Professor of Political Science, Dr. Kang specializes in international relations, international organizations, and law and economic and social rights
MA Columbia University
MPhil and MPhD Applied Anthropology, Columbia University
Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Karasioglu's expertise is in the politics of identity (ethnicity and nationalism); hegemony; anthropology of the Middle East and the Caucasus; radicalization; and anthropology and crime.
MA University of Minnesota
PhD University of Minnesota
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Dr. Michel-Luviano's work focuses on legal norms and institutions, norm diffusion, human rights, victim's rights, legal mobilization/litigation, and the rule of law in transitional societies.
MA Jacobs University, Bremen
PhD University of Toronto
Assistant Professor of Social Science, Dr. Zabyelina specializes in organized and transnational crime and international relations.
MA University of Washington's School of Marine Affairs
Certificate in Global Trade, Transportation and Logistics Studies
Adjunct Professor Zelasney's expertise is in transnational crime environmental crime, and illegal fishing.