Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Program Summary:

Credits Required: 36
Tuition Per Credit: $425.00

Next Start Date:

01-30-2017

The John Jay Criminal Justice Master of Arts Program has a large, diverse, and celebrated faculty who provide students with an advanced understanding of research and practice in the US criminal justice system and related issues. Core classes provide a mastery of the major works and theories of criminology, policing, corrections, judicial studies, quantitative research methods and policy analysis. Students select electives in areas such as Criminology & Deviance, Criminal Law & Procedure, Policing, or Terrorism Studies. Among the many available electives are Crime Mapping, Crime Scene Investigation, Deviant Behavior, and Terrorism & Apocalyptic Violence. The program is designed for those who wish to obtain a terminal master’s degree as a credential for entry into the criminal justice professions, are employed in the criminal justice system and wish to acquire job-related knowledge or broaden their perspectives, those already employed in the criminal justice system and seek to teach at the community college level or to obtain a post in some other area of the criminal justice system, and those interested in an academic career in higher education, who wish to obtain a master’s degree before entering a doctoral program.

Key components of the online program are: 

  • 100% online courses - Flexible course schedule. No scheduled meeting times. You can study when and where you want.
  • Small class size - Typically no more than 20 students per class. That means more one-on-one time with the instructor.
  • Accelerated 8-week session format - Earn 3 credits every 8 weeks. Finish within one year.
  • 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.

For more information about our program, please complete the Request Information form, or apply today for admission.

Curriculum

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.

Curriculum Courses


REQUIRED COURSES
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CRJ 710 Issues in Criminal Justice I: Theory and Courts
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CRJ 711 Issues in Criminal Justice II: Policing and Corrections
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CRJ 715 Research Design and Methods
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CRJ 716 Using Computers in Social Research
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CRJ 730 Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice

Students must complete CRJ 710, 711, 715, and 716 in their first 24 credits of courses. Students must pass the Comprehensive Exam before they can enroll in CRJ 730.


SPECIALIZATION: CRIMINOLOGY AND DEVIANCE
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CRJ 701 Sociology of Crime
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CRJ 712 Sex Crimes
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CRJ 713 White-Collar Crime
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CRJ 714 Social Aspects of Alcohol and Drug Use
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CRJ 727/FCM 727 Cyber Criminology
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CRJ 729 Drugs, Crime and Delinquency Control
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CRJ 738 Perspectives on Race and Crime in America
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CRJ 761 Youth Crime and Delinquency Control
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CRJ 765 Social Movements, Revolution, and Terrorism
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CRJ 766 Sociology of Delinquency
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CRJ 767 Gangs in American Society
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CRJ 769 Deviant Behavior
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CRJ 770 Advanced Criminology
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CRJ 771 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
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CRJ 778 Public Health Issues in Criminal Justice: An Epidemiological Approach
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CRJ 779 Proseminar on Terrorism Studies
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CRJ 783 Crime and the Media
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CRJ 784 Organized Crime
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CRJ 796 The History of Crime Criminal Law and Procedure


SPECIALIZATION: CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE
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CRJ 708 Law, Evidence and Ethics
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CRJ 725 Capital Punishment
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CRJ 789 Violence Across the Globe
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CRJ 733 The Constitution and Criminal Justice
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CRJ 734 Criminal Law
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CRJ 735 Prosecuting Crime
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CRJ 736 Seminar in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
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CRJ 752/FCM 752 The Law and High Technology Crime
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CRJ 768 Law and Society
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CRJ 785 The American Jury
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PAD 741 Administrative Law and Regulation
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PAD 760 Court Administration Police Administration


SPECIALIZATION: POLICE ADMINISTRATION
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CRJ 738 Perspectives on Race and Crime in America
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CRJ 739 Crime Mapping
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CRJ 742 Police Ethics
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CRJ 745 Legal Aspects of Undercover Activity
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CRJ 751 Crime Scene Investigation
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CRJ 756 Critical Issues in Policing
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CRJ 759 Comparative Police Administration
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CRJ 760 History of Police Administration
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CRJ 761 Youth Crime and Delinquency Control
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CRJ 762 Investigation of Violent Crime
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CRJ 771 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
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CRJ 783 Crime and the Media
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CRJ 786 Problem-Oriented Policing
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CRJ 787 Seminar on Crime Analysis and Crime Prevention Correction Administration


SPECIALIZATION: CORRECTION ADMINISTRATION
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CRJ 703 Critical Issues in Punishment
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CRJ 704 Probation and Parole: Theory and Practice
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CRJ 728 Critical Issues in Corrections
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CRJ 749 Ethics of Punishment
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CRJ 758 Public Health Challenges in Criminal Justice: An Epidemiological Approach


SPECIALIZATION: TERRORISM STUDIES
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CRJ 744 Terrorism and Politics
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CRJ 746 Terrorism and Apocalyptic Violence
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CRJ 748 Counter Terrorism Policy for Law Enforcement
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CRJ 765 Social Movements, Revolution, and Terrorism
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CRJ 772 Seminar in Terrorism Studies
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CRJ 797 Homeland Security and International Relations
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CRJ 798 Homeland Security and Terrorism

Specializations

Students must take three classes (9 credits) in one of the three specialization areas listed. The specialization lists provided 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.

Requirements

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

  • 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 (see Application Process below)

Meet the Faculty

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Avram Bornstein

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Avram Bornstein, Ph.D.


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Program Director, Associate Professor

Education
PhD, Columbia University
MA, Columbia University
1992, 1994 Birzeit University, Ramallah Overseas Summer Program
1988-1989 Hebrew University, Jerusalem Overseas One-Year Program
BA, Beloit College

Biography
Faculty Bio

Avram Bornstein teaches in John Jay’s undergraduate and graduate programs and in the Anthropology Ph.D. program at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research and teaching focus on violence and ethnic conflict. He has done extensive ethnographic research over two decades in Israel-Palestine and published on issues such as border enforcement, work, political prisoners, healthcare, international intervention and ethnographic reflexivity. In recent years, Bornstein has also focused on the psycho-cultural elements of policing in New York City, with particular attention to community policing, police ethnicity and police education. In addition to his scholarly activities on these topics, Bornstein regularly performs tolerance and bridge-building work with students and community based organizations. Bornstein is also an active member of the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) which represents CUNY’s faculty and professional staff. He serves as the College Chapter’s Contract Enforcement Officer, as a member of the Chapter’s Executive Committee and as a representative to the PSC Delegate Assembly. - Click here to listen to Audio Interview

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William Heffernan


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Professor

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Frank Pezzella


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Assistant Professor

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Heath Grant


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Assistant Professor

Education
Dr. Grant’s drive and commitment to research based programs has distinguished him as a leader in his field and made him a highly sought after speaker and presenter. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, from John Jay College in New York City .

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Prior to returning to the full-time faculty of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2013, Dr. Grant was most recently the Director of Research of the Police Executive Research Forum, a leading Washington DC organization dedicated to advancing law enforcement and crime prevention internationally.  Formerly, as CEO, of Success for Kids (SFK), he oversaw the planning, implementation, curriculum development, partnerships& strategic program alliances and evaluation of the organization’s international programs and services. A 15 year program executive, his experience and innovative style has positioned SFK’s unique approach to Social Emotional Learning as one of the most sought after program partnership opportunities throughout Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.  On behalf of the Asia Foundation, he also recently developed training curricula for the Bangladesh Police on community policing.  He subsequently conducted an assessment there related to the status of community policing in the country.  This year, he led a research effort for the State Department to assess youth violence issues in the Caribbean and make recommendations for systems wide change.

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Violet Yu

Faculty Name
Violet Yu


Faculty Title
Assistant Professor

Education
PhD, Criminal Justice (Rutgers University)
MA, Simon Fraser University

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Sung-suk Violet Yu, assistant professor, earned her doctorate in Criminal Justice at Rutgers University—Newark. She comes to John Jay from the Vera Institute of Justice, where she was Senior Research Associate and Principal Investigator of research projects focused on issues of corrections. She earned her master’s degree at Simon Fraser University in Canada, and came to Rutgers University with an Excellence Fellowship. She utilizes ArcGIS, GeoDa, CrimeStat III, MS SQL, SPSS, and Stata in her research, focusing on crime prevention, corrections, and impacts of environments on spatial patterns of crime.

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Gohar Petrossian

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Gohar Petrossian


Faculty Title
Assistant Professor

Education
2012 PhD, Criminal Justice, Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice
2006 MA, Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
200 BA, Political Science, Hartwick College

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GOHAR PETROSSIAN is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at CUNY - John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her research interests include crimes against wildlife, with a particular interest in IUU fishing, spatial and temporal analysis of crime and GIS mapping, environmental criminology and opportunity theories, and crime prevention. She is currently working on a book titled Last Fish Swimming: The Global Crime of Illegal Fishing (Global Crime and Justice Series. ABC-CLIO, LLC, Praeger Imprint).

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Klaus Von Lampe

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Klaus Von Lampe


Faculty Title
Associate Professor

Education
1998 Phd, Goethe University, Frankfurt and Main, Germany
MA 1989, Free University, Berlin, Germany

Biography
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Klaus von Lampe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration. He graduated from the law and political science programs at Free University Berlin, Germany, and received his doctoral degree (PhD equivalent degree in jurisprudence/criminology) from Goethe University Frankfurt and Main, Germany, with a dissertation on the concept and theory of organized crime in the United States. He conducted a significant part of the research for his thesis as a Research Fellow at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice in Newark, New Jersey. While writing his dissertation he practiced law as an attorney. Prior to coming to John Jay College in 2008, he worked for several years as a researcher at Free University Berlin.

He has conducted research on the emergence and functioning of illegal markets and illegal power structures, taking the illegal cigarette trade as a case study. Other research interests include drug trafficking, strategic crime analysis and crime prevention.

He is editor-in-chief of Trends in Organized Crime, a member of the editorial board of Crime, Law and Social Change, co-editor of the Cross-border Crime Colloquium book series, and host of the Organized Crime Research website (www.organized-crime.de).

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Louis Kontos


Faculty Title
Assistant Professor

Education
1996 PhD, Sociology, Northern University
1991 MA, Social and Political Thought, York University
1988 BA, Political Science, York University

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Professor Kontos is currently writing a book on the Politics of Deviance and Social Control. In addition, he is engaged in urban gang research.

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Joseph A. Pollini


Faculty Title
Lecturer

Education
1995 MA, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, (Criminal Justice)
1992 BS, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, (Police Science)

Biography
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Joseph A. Pollini has been associated with John Jay College of Criminal Justice since he began his studies for a degree in police science while a member of the New York City Police Department. While working as a detective and detective supervisor in a number of high-profile assignments, Professor Pollini continued his education at John Jay, receiving a master’s degree in criminal justice before retiring after 33 years in the police department. He was a part-time faculty member and an instructor in numerous special programs before becoming a full-time lecturer in fall 2008. Even prior to joining the full-time faculty, Professor Pollini established a reputation for working closely with students as a freshman advisor, participant in student course fairs, and as coordinator of the police studies program. He has been cited by Dean’s List students and by the Student Council for his outstanding support of and advice to students in both academic areas and career planning. He has recently taken on an active role in assisting students seeking internships in law enforcement and related government agencies throughout the City. He has assisted the College as a liaison with numerous domestic and international police agencies. He recently coordinated and taught courses offered by John Jay in the Dominican Republic to assist members of the national police force in obtaining advanced investigative training and worked with Spanish-language translators to assure that all lecture material and handouts were available to all officers in the program. In recognition of the large number of sensitive assignments he held during his police career, he is cited frequently by local and national media on issues facing the law enforcement community. In addition to the many citations he received for bravery and for successful resolution of complex investigations, Professor Pollini is most proud of the citation he received for never taking a sick day throughout his 33-year police career, evidencing a level of dedication that he has transferred to his responsibilities at John Jay.