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Welcome to the Criminal Justice B.S. Online program at John Jay College

Are you ready to take the next step in your education and career? If you are a transfer student with an associate degree or at least 60 earned college credits, the Criminal Justice B.S. Online bachelor’s degree program is designed for you.

To enroll in the fall 2024 semester as a Criminal Justice BS online student, sign up to attend a Fall 2024 information session.

You will learn from professors with real world experience, who draw from their academic training and background in legal, law enforcement, and public safety professions.

You will plan your academic journey with dedicated academic advisors available to assist you each semester. Plus, you'll have the convenience of completing all your courses through Brightspace, CUNY's trusted online learning management system.

Elevate your career prospects and make a difference in the field of criminal justice at John Jay College.

If you have more questions, contact the program team at 

Earn your Criminal Justice degree online

Prepare for a successful career

Earn your degree in 2 years

Plan your path with an advisor. Check out a sample here.

Graduate with little or no debt

Students who earn a Criminal Justice degree at a CUNY Community College can make a seamless transition to the CJBS online program via the CUNY Justice Academy. Learn more about the CUNY Justice Academy here

Students who are studying Criminal Justice and related fields at colleges outside of CUNY, or who have been out of college for some time, can start the transfer process to John Jay College here. 

John Jay will evaluate credits in Criminal Justice and related fields from any accredited institution.


To be eligible for admissions, you should:

  • Have earned an associate degree, be completing your degree this semester, or have earned 55-60 credits in a Criminal Justice or related associate degree program.
  • Have a minimum 2.0 GPA in your prior college coursework
  • Have completed coursework in English Composition and Mathematics to fulfill General Education requirements, or satisfied those requirements in another way.

You will be able to meet with an academic advisor each semester to plan your schedule and register for courses. The courses you will take are determined by the credits you have already earned and what your interests are.

Students in the CJBS online degree program can also earn a minor in Anthropology, Criminology, Law, or Police Studies.

By studying criminal justice at John Jay, you will learn from experts in the field with experience in a variety of legal, law enforcement and public safety roles. Coursework is designed for you to:

  • Understand the historical development, functions and roles of each component of the criminal justice system.
  • Describe and critically examine the major criminological theories on crime causation and prevention and apply them to criminal justice practice.
  • Critically analyze the social response to crime and the practice of criminal justice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to access, conduct, interpret, and apply criminal justice research.

A typical home internet connection, wifi hotspot, or other standard connection will work just fine. If you need support accessing technology to complete your studies, the Department of Online Education. 

You will complete all your courses using Brightspace, CUNY’s online learning management system.