CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice Graduate Program Reviews

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91%
of students recommend
(3.97 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 77 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Programmatic Accreditation: APA and NASPAA
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 14,732 (12,969 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 78% part-time, 22% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $10,532 in-state; $19,122 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

This is a great program for an up and coming field. The staff is very supportive. The classes are challenging. A plus is that they lend you the textbooks and an Ipad. The Inspection and Oversight program is a great value.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

The pros of this program is that it has a connection with other shools within the CUNY network which is a plus in my book, as you will get a well rounded education. The con might be that they could offer their graduate students more options for financial aid assistance.
2.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

Overall the program is fairly good. The faculty are full of knowledge and assist us with being better.
2.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014

The program offer great opportunities to meet and interact with professors and provides exposure to many areas of psychology to help focus your goals but offer very little in the way of assistance in obtaining internships. The program has a very DIY feel but if you have the time to commit to figuring out your options, you can really be significantly impacted by professors and course work.
3.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2014

The amount of time suggested to complete your Doctoral Dissertation is unattainable for many doctoral students. I believe the writing process (proposal) should begin MUCH earlier than Year 3. With course work, comp exams, and teaching obligations, our time is limited and we focus less on the final product. When the time comes to start the dissertation process, our stipends and fellowships expire, which creates more stress and anxiety. I have been honored to be part of John Jay's Graduate Program since the day I was accepted. Despite little hiccups along the way, I believe John Jay does its best to accommodate students and faculty and address/remedy any issue brought to attention.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: lots of diverse faculty that are willing to work with students Cons: NYC is expensive, but a GREAT place to live
3.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

Lots of great professors in a great location. The compensation package is good, but it's still not enough to get by in New York City.
2.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Forensic Science
Graduation Year: 2014

The pros to the Forensic Science Graduate program at John Jay College are that the classes are small, granting the students improved access to the professors. Also, the professors who teach the courses are well-known and very accomplished in their prospective fields. The cons are that the graduate program is very similar to the undergraduate Forensic Science program. There should be a focus on what is actually done in a forensic laboratory along with a didactic teaching of the theory behind forensic science. Also, much of what is taught in the Criminalistics track is outdated. There should be an introduction to automated instrumentation and modern forensic science procedures.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2014

Perhaps the biggest pro of the John Jay Criminal Justice graduate program is that the courses that are offered are very practical in the sense that they don't just focus on theories. They focus instead on pertinent issues facing the criminal justice system today and how they can be explained and/or addressed. What's more, the research components for these courses are enjoyable because of the large degree of flexibility afforded to the students in terms of the subject(s) we wish to research. Not to mention that many of the professors are also criminal justice professionals, so their insight can be extremely thought-provoking during a lecture. However, if there is any major flaw with John Jay, I would have to say that it lies with the administration. This is mostly due to the fact that there are so many students attending John Jay that complications can arise in the administration process. Yet, while mistakes can, and have been made, if you are able to point out an error made on the administration's behalf than they are willing ti work with you to correct it.
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Forensic Science
Graduation Year: 2015

This program is renown and held in high esteem by many law enforcement agencies. The work is familiar but far too similar to the undergraduate curriculum. However, there are plenty of research opportunities for students to take advantage of, which allow for valuable laboratory experience. Unfortunately, graduate students do not get enough grants and have to rely on loans to pay academic expenses. Other than that, the program is fine.
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