CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice Reviews

  • 75 Reviews
  • New York (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: $14,940
83% of 75 students said this degree improved their career prospects
91% of 75 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Robert Mcloughlin
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2014
  • Degree: Public Administration
"I feel this MPA program benefited me by grounding my service with a better understanding of governmental policies, organizational theories, human nature, and research methodologies. It has allowed me to leverage my professional work experience through the lens of these studies, improving my ability to understand a situation, adapt, communicate and connect with people. I found that the professional student community to be the most enjoyable part of John Jay's program. Not only did I take away a deeper understanding of my discipline but friendships and professional contacts that will last well into the future. I loved the selection of my lectures and professors. They seemed to represent the diversity of the public sectors in my community"
Megan Banford
  • Reviewed: 9/14/2014
  • Degree: Psychology
"The program-specific classes are ideal, however the number of required courses leaves very little room for electives that may aid in specialization. Moreover, there is basically no opportunity for financial aid for international students, whose employment is already limited by being on a student visa."
Megan Banford
  • Reviewed: 8/1/2014
  • Degree: Forensic Psychology
"Pros - program specific classes focused on forensic psychology Cons- high level of inaccessibility for international students. SSN is required for identification and causes problems for non-Americans. Less opportunity for financial aid with double the costs in tuition."
Lindsey Davis
  • Reviewed: 7/24/2014
  • Degree: Forensic Psychology
"The administration is striving to make this a more academically competitive program, and rightly so, as the quality of the faculty is quite good. There are rampant problems with the administrative bureaucracy which can take your entire academic career to successfully navigate."
Alethea Jacox
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2014
  • Degree: Forensic Science
"So far my experience with the Forensic Science faculty and student body has been very positive. Your peers are there to help as long as you ask and faculty members are more than willing to provide advice and counseling. I should have done my Undergraduate degree at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice!!"
  • Reviewed: 6/2/2014
  • Degree: Public Administration
"Great MPA program in tri-state area. Lots of connections to jobs and internships. Great program, very happy with it--graduated in Spring 2014."
Pasang Tsering
  • Reviewed: 5/28/2014
  • Degree: Public Administration
"I feel very proud and fortunate to have pursued MPA at John Jay. It gave me every opportunity to succeed personally and professionally. Its robust curriculum, outstanding faculty, diverse student body and vibrant campus life are truly remarkable. John Jay is known for criminal justice nationwide and now is the time for MPA to go national."
niroshan kariapper
  • Reviewed: 5/2/2014
  • Degree: Public Administration
"The faculty is highly educated and extremely passionate about what they do. They seem to push students towards their dream and to always question."
Jonnelle Casey
  • Reviewed: 1/11/2014
  • Degree: Public Policy
"My graduate school program is higher than the cost of other programs at my school. Despite this, there are resources available to help students succeed such as some networking events and flexible schedules."
Refugio Ramos
  • Reviewed: 12/24/2013
  • Degree: Public Administration
"As a previous student of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, I have researched and found the pros outwieght the cons in the graduate program. The faculty would be accessible and supportive to students needs. The campus is a safety environment with a deversity of students to participate in various social activities. I feel the graduate program would be an excellent opportunity to exceed in any career."
Brenda Bennett
  • Reviewed: 12/16/2013
  • Degree: Psychology
"John Jay has overall been a positive experience. I only wish that there were more activities for graduate students specifically."
Izmira Tawfeek
  • Reviewed: 12/6/2013
  • Degree: Public Administration
"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."
Christine Fazio
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2013
  • Degree: Psychology
"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."
Laura Litvinoff
  • Reviewed: 10/11/2013
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"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."
kathy boyd
  • Reviewed: 9/15/2013
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Pros: lots of diverse faculty that are willing to work with students Cons: NYC is expensive, but a GREAT place to live"
Melissa Gaud
  • Reviewed: 8/8/2013
  • Degree: Forensic Science
"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."
  • Reviewed: 8/3/2013
  • Degree: Forensic Psychology
"Tell us about your college experience.Even though I wish I had went away to school, I did enjoy John Jay College! I joined clubs and became an active student So my experience was great and fulfilling.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?Yes I would because I love what I learned about which is the psyche of Adolescent Offenders. Only thing I would change is that I would have done the 5year program they offered so I could get my Masters and Bachelors in 5yrs.What advice can you offer other students?I found that I performed better in school when I didnt have a job. My senior year i focused strictly on school work and I had and A in ever class! and was able to spread out my classes so i have breaks in between to study or not be as stressed during mid terms and finals. So my advice is if you can afford it, try to stay home with your patents as long as possible and just focus on your classes so you can perform to the best of your ability!"
  • Reviewed: 7/19/2013
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Tell us about your college experience.My college experience was a very fun one. Right in Manhattan, all of my friends were there, did a lot of cool things and learned a lot about my field and myself in the process.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?I would choose the same degree, I have a very fulfilling career now with much room for promotions and possibly working for federal agencies.What advice can you offer other students?Try your best to keep your debt to a minimum. It is sad to say but "you can be anything you want to be" isn't exactly a term that is feasible anymore."
Aryeh Halevy
  • Reviewed: 7/16/2013
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"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."
Kristal Wilkins
  • Reviewed: 7/11/2013
  • Degree: Forensic Science
"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."