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Criminology and Justice, Master of Arts

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


The M.A. in Criminology and Justice offers students a rigorous academic foundation in criminology and the skills to analyze crime-related data and research.  Combining theory and practical applications, the program enhances career advancement in a variety of professional arenas, including criminal justice agencies, legal settings, and non-profit organizations. Full-time students can complete the program within three semesters; part-time students require four to five semesters.

Students can start the program in either the fall or spring semesters.

Watch a video about St. John's M.A. in Criminology and Justice program.

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our Sociology and Anthropology faculty.

Department Contact

Robert Tillman, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Criminology and Justice
St. John Hall 444C
[email protected]


Graduate Admission Information
Office of Graduate Admission
[email protected]

Research Assistantships

St. John’s University awards a limited number of graduate assistantships and fellowships each year to qualified graduate  students. Assistants and fellows are generally appointed to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology where they work 15–18 hours per week in support of faculty research. Assistantships provide tuition remission — and, in some cases, a stipend — for a maximum of 15 credits. Please see the Graduate Bulletin for further information.

St. John’s University grants a public scholarship to all members of NYPD who are admitted to the program. The scholarship provides a 33% tuition reduction for uniformed members of the service.

Students are strongly encouraged to link their academic work with experiential learning through internships in the multitude of government and non-profit agencies based in New York City. Students have participated in internships at:

  • U.S. Secret Service
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Brooklyn and Queens District Attorneys Offices
  • New York City Department of Investigations
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Office of Special Narcotics Prosecution
  • Red Hook Community Justice Center

In addition to invaluable work experience that may be directly applicable in future employment, students can earn academic credit for their service.


Career Outcomes

Our graduates have pursued careers in a wide variety of areas related to crime and justice.  Recent alumni hold positions at:

  • 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.

Additional Information

Why should I apply to the St. John's program?
What better place to study crime and modern crime control than New York City?  What better place to engage in an internship or launch a career than New York City?  What better place to study than St. John's University, New York?  Our reputation, our published and active faculty, our location, and your potential, all combine here to create unlimited possibilities for you.

What are the admissions requirements?
Applicants much have a Bachelors degree from an accredited institution.  Acceptance requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of undergraduate coursework in the social sciences.  Deficiencies must be corrected under departmental direction.  International students must submit TOEFL scores and will be required to take the English Placement Test upon acceptance.

Are GRE's Required?
No, not for the MA in Criminology & Justice or for those who apply for a Graduate Assistantship.

How long will it take to finish the degree?
The program is designed so that students can enroll either full-time (minimum of 9 hrs. per semester) or part-time (minimum of 6 hours per semester). Full-time students could complete the program in as little as three semesters and part-time students in five semesters.

I work during the day, can I take classes after work?
Yes. Most classes will be offered in the early evening (7:00 - 9:00). Others will be offered in the late afternoon (4:30 - 6:30).

Is financial assistance available?
Yes. Students can apply for loans or grants through St. John's Financial Aid Office.

Will I be able to get credit for an internship?
Yes. The program allows students to obtain up to 6 hours of credit for internships by enrolling in supervised field placement courses. GRE scores are required only if one is applying for a departmental Research Assistantship.

Can I take classes in the summer?
Yes. Selected classes will be offered in the two summer sessions at St. John's?

How can I contact an alumnus or a current student?
We will gladly get you in contact with one of our current and/or former students.  Contact the Coordinator for further information.

Where can I live?
St. John's has brand new residence halls for graduate students that include a modern dining hall, a fitness center, a self-contained computer center, and rooms that are fully wired for personal computers and laptops. The University's Housing Office can also help you find a reasonably-priced apartment off-campus.

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