John Jay Essay

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A personal statement is required for all master’s and certificate programs. This is the opportunity for applicants to demonstrate strong writing skills as well as provide additional details regarding their academic and/or professional accomplishments or challenges. The personal statement should be approximately 500 words (1 to 2 pages) and describe how the applicant’s personal and/or professional goals can be achieved through graduate study at John Jay College. 
For those applying to MPA programs: For your personal statement, please describe, in a well-developed essay of about 500 words, how your undergraduate studies; your volunteer, public, and military service, and your employment prepare you for study and future employment in fields of public service.

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Test Scores

The General Record Examination (GRE) is required for the Forensic Science, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Psychology and Law, Forensic Mental Health Counseling, and the Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity programs. Applicants with undergraduate grade point averages below 3.0 applying to other programs may wish to submit GRE scores to improve their admissions applications, but they are not required. The GRE code number for John Jay College is 2115. If required, official standardized test score report(s) must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions directly from the testing agency. For those applying to the MA/JD in Forensic Psychology program, LSAT scores may be submitted in lieu of the GRE.

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Yes, John Jay was all of those, and more. Jay was definitely one of the most important and influential people in the 1700s. In fact, Jay was the only Founding Father that held so many important offices and positions! He even managed to gradually emancipate the slaves of New York. Click here to start reading more about this great Founding Father.

Also, links to more information are inserted throughout the website. Click on one of them to learn more! =)

Click to read John Jay's Federalist Papers

Click to read the Address of the Convention of the Representatives of the State of New York to Their Constituents

Click to read the Jay Treaty

Click to read a book of John Jay's letters

Click here for another book about John Jay written by his son, William

Click here for the Jay Genealogy

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