Psychology / Criminology and Justice, Bachelor of Arts / Master of Arts

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Master of Arts in Criminology and Justice degree program can be completed in five years. 

The objectives of the psychology major are to:

  • Provide students with a sound preparation in psychology
  • Stress the scientific foundations of the discipline to help students gain an understanding of the psychological, social and biological processes underlying normal and abnormal behavior
  • Foster students' ability to think critically and to integrate theory with research about behavior
  • Intensify the discovery and understanding of the interaction of human behavior

Criminology encompasses the traditional forms of street crime and newer forms of criminality, including terrorism, international drug trafficking, cyber-crime, multinational white-collar crime and international organized crime.  To better understand these trends, the M.A. in Criminology and Justice provides preparation in both traditional theories and descriptions of crime as well as modern interpretations and research methodologies.


Dr. Robin Wellington
Department of Psychology
Marillac Hall
Queens Campus

Dr. Robert Tillman, Graduate Director
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
St. John Hall
Queens Campus

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Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Criminology and Justice program have pursued careers in a wide variety of areas related to crime and justice, including:

  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Social Security Administration
  • New York City Department of Investigations
  • New York City Department of Education
  • New York City Department of Juvenile Justice.
  • New York City Department of Mental Health
  • NYPD

The program also benefits research-oriented students, many of whom have continued their education in law school and in doctoral programs in criminology and related social sciences.

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Success Story

Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology
St. John’s Psychology Chair Named an APA Division President