Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in International Crime and Justice

Program Summary:

Credits Required: 36
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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.

The faculty of the International Crime and Justice MA program is multicultural and multilingual and represents many different academic disciplines, including Anthropology, Criminology, Economics, Law, Sociology, and Political Science. They have been recognized for their teaching, student-mentoring,     research and publications, including several award-winning books, and they have served as consultants to national and international 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: Illicit Markets and Economic Justice
  • ICJ 702: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
  • ICJ 703: International Law and the World Order
  • ICJ 704: Culture and Identity in a Global Context
  • 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

Curriculum Courses



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 for any questions regarding the admissions review process.

Career Options

Graduates of the program will enter the job market equipped with advanced, substantive knowledge and the analytical and research skills necessary to pursue careers in the public, private or non-profit sectors in areas such as law enforcement, intelligence analysis, international human rights, anti-money laundering, and anti-corruption among others. The program also prepares those who wish to pursue doctoral studies in various disciplines.