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

The John Jay College of Criminal Justice, located in midtown Manhattan, is a college of the City University of New York (CUNY). Founded in 1964 as the College of Police Science (COPS) of CUNY, it was renamed the following year in honor of the first chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. The college houses numerous world-renowned research centers and institutes focused on crime and justice. Graduate admission is competitive, attracting law enforcement professionals worldwide. “US News and World Report” ranks the John Jay CUNY graduate program in criminology among the top 10 nationally. Faculty at John Jay CUNY includes two Pulitzer Prize winners, seven Distinguished Professors, and three Presidential Scholars. Notable alumni include forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee, who consulted on the O.J. Simpson case, Pauly Perrette, actor best known for her role on the TV series NCIS, and Jennings Michael Burch, author of the 1984 best-selling memoir, They Cage the Animals at Night.

Master of Arts in International Crime and Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The MA in International Crime and Justice Program gives students the tools they need to develop a thorough understanding of the factors at play into the complex field of international crime. Students will learn the patterns, relevant legal aspects and impact of international crime through coursework, fieldwork, and research.

Rich and Rewarding Location

The John Jay College of Criminal Justice is located in New York City, New York in the northeastern region of the United States. The New York City location provides a wealth of both social and professional opportunities. The biggest city in the United States, the “Big Apple” boasts a booming microeconomy that allows for a plethora of internship opportunities and post-graduate career opportunities. The city also provides a rich cultural experience and ample opportunity for recreation with its famous restaurants, theaters, shops, and other entertainment.

Tailored Coursework

A student who wishes to earn their MA in International Crime and Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice must complete 36 hours and follow along one of the three track options: thesis, internship, or comprehensive evaluation.

Career Opportunities

Students who engage in the MA program will be prepared for careers in Comparative Policing, Counterterrorism, Environmental Criminology, Criminal Analysis, International Human Rights, Financial Crimes/Financial Compliance, Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Corruption and more. The program also prepares students for doctoral programs if they choose to continue their formal education.

Distinguished Faculty

The diverse faculty at John Jay’s International Crime and Justice Program offer a collectively broad knowledge and understanding of the topic, with each faculty member offering their unique expertise. Faculty come from backgrounds in sociology, political science, criminal justice, law, police science, criminal justice administration, anthropology, economics, psychology African-American studies and Latin American and Latino/a studies. Faculty members have field experience as consultants to the United Nations, World Bank, INTERPOL, USAID, DEA and other organizations. 

Notable works written by faculty include Professor Amy Adamczyk’s book, Cross-National Public Opinion about Homosexuality: Examining Attitudes across the Globe, which won the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences International Section Outstanding Book Award for 2018, Associate Professor Jana Arsovska’s Restoring justice after large-scale violent conflicts: Kosovo, Congo and the Israeli-Palestinian Case, and Professor Rosemary Barberet’s The rule of law in an era of change: Responses to transnational challenges and threats.

Alumni Achievements

Alumni have gone on to secure post-grad positions at Amnesty International USA, the NYC Business Integrity Commission and the U.S. Department of State. True to the name of the degree, notable alumni Suchaya Mokkhasen took her knowledge international and is currently a Special Case Officer at Bureau of Foreign Affairs and Transnational Crime in the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) of the Ministry of Justice in Bangkok, Thailand.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts (MA)

Location & Contact

Address 524 West 59th Street
New York, NY  10019
United States

Phone: 212-237-8000
John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York