Eligibility Requirements

To transition to John Jay College as a CUNY Justice Academy student, you simply need to:

  1. Graduate with an Associate’s Degree from one of the six partner community colleges (Hostos, BCC, BMCC, KBCC, LGCC, and QCC) in one of the following majors:

    • Criminal Justice 
    • Science for Forensics
    • Accounting for Forensics;

  2. Have a GPA of 2.0 or higher if you are in the Criminal Justice or Accounting for Forensics major, and a minimum GPA of 2.5 if you are a  Science for Forensics major;

  3. Demonstrate CUNY skills certification in one of the following ways:

    • Math
      • Pass a credit-bearing college level math course with a C or better outside of CUNY or any passing grade within CUNY
      • Present COMPASS Math 2 test scores of 40 min                                                        
      • Earn a passing grade (P) on a CUNY Certified Elementary Algebra Final Exam (CEAFE)
    • English
      • Earn a C or better in a 3-credit college level English course 
      • CUNY Assessment Tests:  Reading Test >69 and Writing Test >55      
    • Remember: If you earn your associate degree, you are considered fully skills certified!

    Get more information about skills certification at CUNY
Additional requirements for students who were previously dismissed from John Jay
If you are a student who has attended John Jay in the past and was dismissed due to academic performance, you have options as a CJA student! This policy allows you to have your prior John Jay GPA erased provided you meet all three of these criteria:

  • completed at least 30 credits at your community college,
  • earned a GPA of at least 2.5, and
  • received an Associate’s  Degree from a CUNY Justice Academy Program