Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in International Crime and Justice is designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in the social, behavioral, and political sciences as well as for professionals already working in criminal justice, international relations, the non-profit sector, and related fields.

The program offers the opportunity to conduct in-depth examinations of various illegal cross-border activities, including:

  • Trafficking in drugs, counterfeit medicine, arms, and human beings
  • Environmental crimes
  • Money laundering and cybercrime
  • Global terrorism
  • Corruption


Students will also explore serious international violations of human rights, including the commission of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. In addition, the program gives students the tools to evaluate strategies for deterrence, mitigation, and other responses to international crime.  Among the key international organizations that will be examined are the United Nations and criminal justice agencies such as INTERPOL and Europol.

The program requires 36 credits of coursework.  Students take an eight-course core curriculum for a total of 24 credits and fulfill remaining credits in courses chosen from a list of approved electives.  Students must also demonstrate competency in a foreign language of their choice. 

Students can earn the MA degree in 1 – 2 years of full-time study or in 3 – 4 years of part-time study.  Courses are offered both in person and online.  Students typically take courses during John Jay’s 15-week fall and spring semesters, but some courses may be offered during the condensed winter and summer sessions.

For a complete list program requirements, see the Graduate Bulletin.