An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum in a vibrant urban setting. Having recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary, John Jay continues to fulfill its mission of preparing motivated and intellectually committed students to explore justice in its many dimensions. Through their studies, research and experiential learning, students prepare for ethical leadership and global citizenship.

The College is the most racially and ethnically diverse senior college within CUNY, with more than 15,000 students who represent more than 130 countries from around the world. Additionally, John Jay College, named a “Military Friendly College” by G.I. Jobs and Military Times magazines, is home to some 500 student-veterans and reservists, more than any other CUNY campus and most colleges in the Northeast. John Jay students are defined by their resilience, their passion for justice, and their aspiration to public service. They learn to undergird their passions with the rigors of critical thinking and analysis, and to test and support their aspirations by building bridges between the world of intellect and imagination and the world of practice. John Jay alumni have long held leadership roles in public-sector agencies and private companies in the U.S. and worldwide.

The strength, reputation and vitality of the College are embodied in the academic excellence of its faculty, many of whom are recognized experts in such areas as DNA analysis, profiling, drug abuse trends, forensic accounting, eyewitness identification, criminal law, cybercrime, police methods and crime reduction strategies. Through their research, the faculty advances knowledge and informs professional practices that build and sustain just societies.

John Jay’s state-of-the-art building on 59th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues is a 625,000 square foot facility, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The building serves as a concrete manifestation of John Jay’s efforts to solidify its place as the preeminent leader in “educating for justice.” The 14-story building creates a cohesive instructional environment and integrates all college functions into a unified city block, creating an academic city within a city, a true urban campus.

The Lloyd Sealy Library houses one of the world’s premier criminal justice libraries. With unique holdings of 440,000 books, periodicals, microforms and digital collections, the Library supports the general education and curricula aims of the College and provides opportunities for extensive research in the social sciences, criminal justice, forensic psychology, forensic science and related fields.

The College hosts many conferences on a range of topics to promote national, international and interdisciplinary exploration of justice issues in their broadest sense. These events aspire to bring together scholars, practitioners, government leaders, justice advocates and international organizations. The John Jay College Biennial International Conference was held recently in Athens, Greece, in collaboration with the Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) at the Greek Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection. The theme of the conference was The Rule of Law in an Era of Change: Security, Social Justice and Inclusive Governance. Previous conferences were held in St. Petersburg, Dublin, London, Budapest, Bologna, Bucharest, San Juan, Marrakesh and New York.

Located in mid-Manhattan, John Jay’s campus is just a short walk from two of the world’s most renowned centers for music and dance – Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. John Jay’s own Gerald W. Lynch Theater is an invaluable cultural resource, hosting popular events that include Lincoln Center performances, Gotham Chamber Opera, Metropolitan Opera Guild, and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. The Shiva Gallery displays a wide range of art exhibits designed to draw both students and the surrounding community into the space to appreciate and respond to the artists’ work.

Academic Programs

John Jay offers undergraduate degrees in 27 majors: Anthropology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Computer Science and Information Security, Criminal Justice (BA and BS), Criminal Justice Management, Criminology, Culture and Deviance Studies, Economics, English, Fire and Emergency Service, Fire Science, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Science, Fraud Examination and Financial Forensics, Gender Studies, Global History, Humanities and Justice, International Criminal Justice, Latin American and Latina/o Studies, Law and Society, Philosophy, Police Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Security Management, Sociology and Spanish. In addition, students have a choice of over 40 minors. John Jay offers an Honors program and is also a proud member of the University’s Macaulay Honors College.

The graduate program offers 11 master’s degrees: Criminal Justice, Digital Forensics and Cyber Security, Forensic Mental Health Counseling, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Science, International Crime and Justice, Protection Management, Psychology and Law, Public Administration (Public Policy and Administration), Public Administration (Inspection and Oversight), and Security Management. New online master’s degree programs are offered in Security Management and Public Administration. A joint MA/JD in Forensic Psychology and Law is offered in conjunction with New York Law School, and the college also houses the CUNY Doctoral Programs in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology.

To further facilitate academic research and provide professional development and training at the College, 11 vibrant centers and institutes produce intelligence that is used by corporations, academic researchers, policy makers and the media. One of our best-known research centers is the National Network for Safe Communities, directed by David Kennedy, the preeminent scholar in the field of crime and gang violence. Most recently, the influential Center for Policing Equity, led by renowned social psychologist Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, relocated to John Jay College. Other well-known research centers at John Jay include: Center for Cybercrime Studies, Center for International Human Rights, Center on Terrorism, the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies, Research and Evaluation Center, Prisoner Reentry Institute and the Center on Media, Crime and Justice.

Special Programs

CUNY Justice Academy
This unique educational partnership connects John Jay College of Criminal Justice to CUNY’s six community colleges. This program provides academic pathways leading from associate degree study to a bachelor’s degree and ultimately to exciting careers in the fields of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Forensic Financial Analysis.

BA/MA Program

The Baccalaureate/Master’s Degree Program (BA/MA) provides academically advanced students the opportunity to pursue simultaneously the baccalaureate and master’s degrees. It is available to students studying criminal justice, forensic psychology and public administration.

The Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York

The Macaulay Honors College at John Jay College offers academically gifted students an exceptional undergraduate education that integrates the vast resources of the City University with New York’s cultural, scientific, and business communities. Students receive a New York City “cultural passport” and participate in internships and research experiences. Macaulay provides outstanding seminars and faculty, advising and financial support, the tools our most talented students need to excel in New York City and the world, in college and in life. Students are selected based on their high school record and leadership potential, and each Macaulay student is awarded a full-tuition merit scholarship, giving them the freedom to pursue their academic goals without financial burdens.

The John Jay Honors Program is an innovative, theme-based program that brings high potential and gifted students together to excel academically. Working closely with faculty and peers in an ongoing learning community, students explore the idea of the common good in a sequence of enriched, challenging interdisciplinary courses that use New York City as a laboratory for learning. The program emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, and ethical decision-making with attention to global concerns, community responsibility and civic engagement. Selected entering freshmen receive a $1,000 scholarship each semester, a laptop, academic advisement, cultural experiences and other benefits.

Cutting-Edge Forensics: The Program for Research Initiatives for Science Majors (PRISM)

John Jay’s nationally recognized Forensic Science Program offers students opportunities to engage in cutting-edge scientific research while completing their degrees. By working with faculty mentors, students benefit from their insight and advisement in shaping and pursuing their research vision. Uniquely qualified, PRISM mentors work in a variety of high impact research areas, including biochemistry, environmental science, forensic science, molecular biology, and toxicology. PRISM students are eligible for monetary stipends for their research, travel grants for conferences, GRE preparatory help, and counseling on graduate school applications and career planning.


The Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative is collaboration between the Pinkerton Foundation and John Jay to contribute to the development of the youth justice community in New York City. The program supports the development of talented undergraduate and graduate students who are equipped to assume positions of responsibility in the youth justice field while supporting the operational and research capacity of participating nonprofit community-based organizations. The Fellowships consist of intensive year –long placements.

The Vera Fellows Program is a collaborative between John Jay, the Vera Institute of Justice, and Vera’s spinoff agencies. The program provides unique internship and academic experience for outstanding undergraduate students who have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and public service. Students in the program work in agencies that seek to improve the administration of justice, influence public policy, conduct research, and deliver a range of social services at the same time they are taking specially-designed, theme-based seminars with John Jay’s outstanding Interdisciplinary Studies Program faculty. The Fellows receive academic credits and a stipend for their commitment and service in the program.

The Pre Law Institute at John Jay College offers an array of programs and services that help students become the candidates that law schools seek. Advisement, pre law boot camps, LSAT preparation, law school visits and opportunities to learn about legal careers are among the many services that the Pre Law Institute provides John Jay students.

Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

The Ronald McNair Program is a federally funded program. It is designed to increase the participation of first generation, low-income students from underrepresented groups in graduate education, particularly in doctoral programs.

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