Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ)

Offered on campus or online, the Master of Criminal Justice program is designed for those who want to enter or advance in the field of criminal justice, or simply gain a deeper understanding of this fascinating discipline. A Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) from Boston University’s Metropolitan College will give you a competitive edge whether you plan to enhance your career, teach, apply to law school, or pursue a doctorate. Degree candidates will take courses in which they will analyze criminal behavior, apply principles of leadership in organizational settings, learn theories of social control, and gain an informed perspective of law enforcement, the judicial system, and corrections. Ever-evolving and often misunderstood, crime and justice are central to the moral fabric and social cohesion of society.

Charles River Campus, Boston

The on-campus Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) program accommodates students on both a part- and a full-time basis. The program includes a variety of academically challenging courses, which are primarily offered in the evenings in the fall, spring, and two summer semesters. The 40 credits required for the degree must be earned within five years.

Admissions

Candidates for admission to the degree program are selected on the basis of transcripts of academic experience, academic and personal references, and interviews or statements of intent.

There are no fixed application deadlines. The program allows for students to submit applications on a rolling basis. Admission decisions are announced promptly, pending receipt of all application materials. Students can also register and take two courses prior to applying to the degree program.

The Application for Graduate Admission can be found on the Metropolitan College website at www.bu.edu/met/admissions.

Degree Requirements

A total of 10 courses (40 credits) is required, as follows:

Required Core Courses (six courses/24 credits)

  • MET CJ 602 Criminology
  • MET CJ 625 Victimology
  • MET CJ 632 White Collar Crime
  • MET CJ 701 Crime and Punishment
  • MET CJ 702 Analytical Methods
  • MET CJ 703 Research Methods

Concentration Electives (four courses/16 credits)

With the advice of the department coordinator, students will select four courses from the following list. Other graduate-level courses may be selected upon approval of the department coordinator.

  • MET CJ 601 History of Criminal Justice
  • MET CJ 610 Special Topics in Criminal Justice: Cybercrime
  • MET CJ 631 Youth Crime Problems
  • MET CJ 650 Terrorism
  • MET CJ 656 Forensic Criminal Investigation
  • MET CJ 660 Gender and Justice
  • MET CJ 725 Forensic Behavioral Analysis
  • MET CJ 750 Policing in a Democratic Society
  • MET CJ 775 Seminar in the Law and Criminal Procedure
  • MET CJ 831 Criminal Justice Administration
  • MET UA 507 Law and Justice in the City
  • MET UA 801 Graduate Directed Study in Urban Affairs/City Planning: Internship for Credit
  • MET UA 804 Supervised Fieldwork

Other Requirements

Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required of all degree candidates.

Additional Information

A maximum of two graduate courses (8 credits) in criminal justice may be transferred from another accredited institution for credit toward the degree. No credit is allowed for courses used to fulfill another degree, and all transfer credit requires program approval. Up to three courses taken at Boston University outside the criminal justice program may be applied to the degree, with prior approval of the program director.

A maximum of two criminal justice courses (8 credits) taken at Metropolitan College prior to acceptance into the degree program may be applied toward the degree. The courses must be graduate level, with a grade of B (3.0) or higher.

Minimum passing grade for a course in the graduate program is C, but a grade average of B (3.0) must be maintained to satisfy degree requirements.

Online

The online Master of Criminal Justice program is a rigorous academic program designed for the working professional. Online study allows students to earn a Boston University degree during the hours and in the location best suited to their needs. The online Master of Criminal Justice can be completed in less than two years of study, and consists of 10 courses.

Admissions

Candidates for admission to the degree program are selected on the basis of transcripts of academic experience, academic and personal references, and interviews or statements of intent.

There are no fixed application deadlines. The program allows for students to submit applications on a rolling basis. Admission decisions are announced promptly, pending receipt of all application materials. Students can also register and take two courses prior to applying to the degree program.

The Application for Graduate Admission can be found on the Metropolitan College website.

Degree Requirements

A total of 10 courses (40 credits) is required, as follows:

Required Core Courses (nine courses/36 credits)

  • MET CJ 602 Criminology
  • MET CJ 625 Victimology
  • MET CJ 631 Youth Crime Problems
  • MET CJ 632 White Collar Crime
  • MET CJ 650 Terrorism
  • MET CJ 701 Crime and Punishment
  • MET CJ 702 Analytical Methods
  • MET CJ 703 Research Methods
  • MET CJ 725 Forensic Behavioral Analysis

Electives (one course/4 credits)

Choose one:

  • MET CJ 610 Special Topics in Criminal Justice: Cybercrime
  • MET CJ 831 Criminal Justice Administration

Additional Information

A maximum of two graduate courses (8 credits) in criminal justice may be transferred from another accredited institution for credit toward the degree. No credit is allowed for courses used to fulfill another degree, and all transfer credit requires program approval. Up to three courses taken at Boston University outside the criminal justice program may be applied to the degree, with prior approval of the program director.

A maximum of two criminal justice courses (8 credits) taken at Metropolitan College prior to acceptance into the degree program may be applied toward the degree. The courses must be graduate level, with a grade of B (3.0) or higher.

Minimum passing grade for a course in the graduate program is C, but a grade average of B (3.0) must be maintained to satisfy degree requirements.