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



You can complete both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Criminology and Justice in just five years of full-time study through this combined degree program, offered by St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

In your first four years of study, you complete requirements for the undergraduate degree in Psychology. You learn the psychological, social and biological processes underlying normal and abnormal behavior, as well as how to think critically and integrate theory with research about behavior. In your third year, you begin to take graduate courses in Criminology and Justice that cover 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. You learn both traditional theories and descriptions of crime, as well as modern interpretations and research methodologies.

Current St. John’s University undergraduates interested in applying to a combined degree program or pathway should consult the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies and their undergraduate academic Dean.


Yue (Angela) Zhuo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Graduate Director
St. John Hall, Room 444-C
[email protected]


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Saving you time and money, the graduate courses you take in your junior and senior years count toward both the B.A. and M.A. degrees. The fifth year of the program involves only graduate courses.

Three required courses in research methods provide you with the skills necessary to conduct research and perform policy evaluations in a variety of work settings. You learn to use computer software to assemble and analyze data, conduct literature reviews, and integrate various media for sophisticated presentations. We also strongly encourage you to enhance your coursework with experiential learning by taking internships at local agencies, for which you can earn academic credit.

Please see the requirement chart for the academic progression criteria in this combined degree program.

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 SecurityDrug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
NYC Department of EducationNYC Department of Investigations
NYC Department of Juvenile JusticeNYC Department of Mental Health
NYPDSocial Security Administration

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.