Transfer Together Program

Are you pursuing a STEM associates degree at a participating Community College and plan to earn Bachelor's degree? Do you want a seamless transition from your two-year program to a four-year program and to graduate on time? If so, CUNY Justice Academy (CJA) is the right program for you.

The CJA is a partnership between CUNY community colleges and John Jay College designed to help you make the transition to a baccalaureate degree. CJA students who complete their associate degree at a participating institution can transfer to John Jay and complete their bachelor’s degree in forensic science (FOS), cell & molecular biology (CMB), toxicology (TOX), computer science (CSIS) or applied mathematics.

The Program for Research Initiatives in Science & Math at John Jay provides CJA students majoring in STEM at CUNY Community Colleges with special science outings and lectures, behind-the-scenes programming and presentations and opportunities to engage in research at John Jay or a CJA partner. These opportunities are designed to get you immersed in your respective STEM fields while allowing you to interact with your future professors and peers at John Jay.

Participating CJA Community Colleges are:

  • Hostos Community College
  • Bronx Community College
  • Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Kingsborough Community College
  • Queensborough Community College


To transition to John Jay as a CJA student, you should:

  • Apply for admission to CUNY, enroll and successfully complete your associate’s degree at one of our partner CUNY Community Colleges.
  • Regularly attend academic advisement sessions with your Community College academic and faculty advisors.
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • For forensic science:
    • Complete Quantitative Analysis (CHE 220) at John Jay College (for HCC, BCC, BMCC, and KBCC) or at your institution (when offered) BEFORE transferring to John Jay.
      • Failure to complete Quantitative Analysis before transferring to JJC will delay your graduation date by a year.

Academic Planning

Below you can find Academic Planners that you can download and use to plan ahead and keep track of the courses and General Education electives you must take at each of our five Community College partners to successfully transfer to John Jay as part of the CJA.