The CUNY Justice Academy (CJA) Program

What Is CUNY Justice Academy?

The CUNY Justice Academy (CJA) is a partnership of six CUNY community colleges with John Jay College of Criminal Justice to help you make the transition to a baccalaureate degree. Being part of the CJA puts you on track to complete your bachelor’s degree at John Jay College.

How Does It Work?

By majoring in Criminal Justice (CRJ), Forensic Science (FOS), or Forensic Financial Analysis (FFA) at one of the participating CUNY community colleges, you are automatically part of the CJA and receive dual admission into one of the six participating CUNY community colleges and John Jay College. When you successfully complete the first 60 credits and meet your community college requirements, you not only receive an associate degree from the partner campus, but you are also rewarded with the option of guaranteed admission to John Jay where you will be on track to complete your bachelor's degree.

The following majors at your CUNY institution are automatically part of the CJA:

  • Criminal Justice (Borough of Manhattan, Bronx, Hostos, Kingsborough, LaGuardia, and Queensborough community colleges)
  • Forensic Science (Borough of Manhattan, Bronx, Hostos, Kingsborough, and Queensborough community colleges)
  • Forensic Accounting (Borough of Manhattan, Hostos, and Queensborough community colleges)
  • Computer Science and Information Security (Borough of Manhattan, Kingsborough, LaGuardia, and Queensborough community colleges)

Benefits of The CJA
  • Have guaranteed admission to John Jay College. When you successfully complete your Community College Requirements,you not only receive an associate’s degree but are rewarded with guaranteed admission to John Jay provided you meet the minimum entrance requirements.
  • Avoid forms and fees. As a CJA student, you do not have to fill out an application for John Jay College or pay a seat deposit fee.
  • Make your community college credits count. As a CJA member, you can apply your community college credits towards a bachelor’s degree. CJA ensures that you do not waste time and money by taking the wrong courses toward your bachelor’s degree.
  • Start at John Jay as a third year student. As a CJA member, you can transition to John Jay College with your associate’s degree and start as a third-year student in a bachelor’s degree program.
  • Stay connected. Students who stay connected have a better chance of graduating. Read more about how CJA helps you stay connected.

Questions?  Ask us at CJA Program Information!

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