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John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York (John Jay CUNY) is one of the nation's premier criminal justice institutions. Located in midtown Manhattan, the school was founded in 1964 as the College of Police Science (COPS) of CUNY, it was renamed the following year in honor of John Jay, the first chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. "US News and World Report" ranks the John Jay CUNY graduate program in criminology among its top 10 nationally and the John Jay CUNY graduate program in public affairs among the top 20% nationally. Notable alumni include John Timoney, former chief of the Miami Police Department and former commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department; Pauly Perrette, actor best known for her role on the TV series "NCIS;" and Dr. Henry Lee, renowned forensic scientist who consulted on the O.J. Simpson, Laci Peterson, and Jon-Benet Ramsay murder investigations. The Department of Sciences at John Jay CUNY, one of the oldest and most prestigious forensic science programs in the country, offers a graduate degree program in forensic science that addresses the growing importance of physical evidence in the criminal justice system and meets the demand for broadly trained forensic scientists.

Faculty and Research

John Jay CUNY houses numerous world-renowned research centers and institutes focused on crime and justice. Faculty members connect their research with industry practices to drive real-world solutions, design innovative coursework, and deliver new ways of thinking about how society frames, analyzes, and acts on issues of justice. Faculty members in the Department of Sciences are internationally recognized scientists who are frequently called upon to lend their expertise to public safety agencies, the courts, and the news media. Many regularly publish scholarly research, articles, and books on a range of topics that examine the social, criminal, economic, and political consequences of justice. Distinguished faculty include Dr. Anthony Carpi, whose specific areas of chemistry research involve the bio-geochemical cycle of mercury and the potential impact of climate change on the environmental transport and transformation of mercury; Dr. Angelique Corthals, a biological forensic anthropologist with specialized expertise in epidemiology, pathogenesis of autoimmune disease, and specimen curation and preservation; and Dr. Thomas Kubic, whose numerous research interests include identification and individualization of cosmetics by chromatography, ATR-FT/IR, and microscopy; dust identification and analysis by PLM and SEM/EDS; and capillary electrophoresis applied to transfer evidence analysis.

Financial Aid

John Jay CUNY awards financial aid to eligible students in the form of loans, grants, scholarships, and student employment

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Science (MS)
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Thesis Alternate accepted
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline June 30th June 1st Yes
Spring deadline December 1st November 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum B average
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 500

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
Not Reported
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 17.46%
Black or African American 18.17%
White or Caucasian 46%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 7.92%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races Not Reported
Unknown 9.6%


Male (38%)
Female (61%)

Location & Contact

Address 524 West 59th Street
New York, NY  10019
United States
Contact Dr. James P. Levine
Phone: 212-237-8000

John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York