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 who seek a deeper understanding of crime and justice for application in related fields. 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 issues are complex and important areas of public policy.

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.

Students in the on-campus Master of Criminal Justice program have the option of choosing a concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity or Strategic Management.

Admissions

Candidates for admission to the degree program are selected in part on the basis of transcripts of academic background, academic and personal references, career experience, 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 702 Analytical Methods
  • MET CJ 703 Research Methods
  • MET CJ 831 Criminal Justice Administration

Electives (four courses/16 credits)

With the advice of the department coordinator, students who are not choosing a concentration 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 711 Criminal Justice Policy and Planning
  • 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 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.

Master of Criminal Justice Concentrations

Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity

The MCJ concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity allows students to develop competency and practical knowledge, enabling them to work with various issues related to cybercrime. By participating in the program, students will gain insight into cybercriminology and the legal practices, practical digital investigative knowledge, and policies related to cybersecurity risk assessment. In addition, going beyond understanding practical and essential knowledge of cybercrime and cybersecurity, students who successfully complete the concentration are eligible to take the forensic examiner exams.

Students pursuing a Concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity must take the following concentration requirements, available online and on campus.

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CJ 610 Cybercrime
  • MET CJ 710 Applied Digital Forensic Investigation
  • MET CS 684 IT Security Policies and Procedures
  • MET CS 693 Digital Forensics

Strategic Management

Boston University’s Master of Criminal Justice degree concentration in Strategic Management offers an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to provide the skills needed to face contemporary criminal justice challenges and lead reformsnot only domestically, but internationally.

Effective leadership in the increasingly complex field of criminal justice requires a strong footing in ethics, business, and analysis, as well as the ability to keep pace with issues that include the realities of terrorism, the emergence of cybercrime, questions of police legitimacy, and stagnant correctional outcomes in terms of recidivism among offenders. The Strategic Management concentration develops valuable skills that enhance the ability to analyze diverse problems and develop sound, sustainable policies that are guided by logic and planningmaking it the ideal program of study for experienced, mid-career criminal justice professionals who seek to advance into policy making, upper management, or executive-level positions in their agencies.

Students who complete the Master of Criminal Justice concentration in Strategic Management will be able to demonstrate:

  • Familiarity with organizational structures of the criminal justice system and the classical and contemporary theories of organization, planning, and change.
  • The ability to practice criminal justice planning activities such as crime, systems, and legislative analysis.
  • The ability to implement quantitative and qualitative practices that enhance organizational decision-making, evaluation, and accountability.
  • An understanding of the nature of public emergency management and preparedness across public and private jurisdictions.

Students pursuing a concentration in Strategic Management must take the following concentration requirements.

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET AD 612 COO—Public Emergency Management
  • MET AD 715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
  • MET CJ 711 Criminal Justice Policy and Planning
  • MET CJ 831 Criminal Justice Administration

Additional Information

A maximum of two graduate courses (up to 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 two courses taken at Boston University outside the criminal justice program may be applied to the degree, with prior approval of the department chair.

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.

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.

Students in the online Master of Criminal Justice program have the option of choosing a concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity or Strategic Management.

Admissions

Candidates for admission to the degree program are selected in part on the basis of transcripts of academic background, academic and personal references, career experience, 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 (six courses/24 credits)

  • MET CJ 602 Criminology
  • MET CJ 625 Victimology
  • MET CJ 632 White-Collar Crime
  • MET CJ 702 Analytical Methods
  • MET CJ 703 Research Methods
  • MET CJ 831 Criminal Justice Administration

Electives (four courses/16 credits)

With the advice of the department coordinator, students who are not choosing a concentration will select four courses from the following list. Other graduate-level courses may be selected upon approval of the department coordinator.

  • MET CJ 610 Cybercrime
  • MET CJ 631 Youth Crime Problems
  • MET CJ 650 Terrorism
  • MET CJ 725 Forensic Behavioral Analysis
  • MET CJ 750 Policing in a Democratic Society

Master of Criminal Justice Concentrations

Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity

The MCJ concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity allows students to develop competency and practical knowledge, enabling them to work with various issues related to cybercrime. By participating in the program, students will gain insight into cybercriminology and the legal practices, practical digital investigative knowledge, and policies related to cybersecurity risk assessment. In addition, going beyond understanding practical and essential knowledge of cybercrime and cybersecurity, students who successfully complete the concentration are eligible to take the forensic examiner exams.

Students pursuing a Concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity must take the following concentration requirements, available online and on campus.

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CJ 610 Cybercrime
  • MET CJ 710 Applied Digital Forensic Investigation
  • MET CS 684 IT Security Policies and Procedures
  • MET CS 693 Digital Forensics

Strategic Management

Boston University’s Master of Criminal Justice degree concentration in Strategic Management offers an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to provide the skills needed to face contemporary criminal justice challenges and lead reforms—not only domestically, but internationally.

Effective leadership in the increasingly complex field of criminal justice requires a strong footing in ethics, business, and analysis, as well as the ability to keep pace with issues that include the realities of terrorism, the emergence of cybercrime, questions of police legitimacy, and stagnant correctional outcomes in terms of recidivism among offenders. The Strategic Management concentration develops valuable skills that enhance the ability to analyze diverse problems and develop sound, sustainable policies that are guided by logic and planning—making it the ideal program of study for experienced, mid-career criminal justice professionals who seek to advance into policy making, upper management, or executive-level positions in their agencies.

Students who complete the Master of Criminal Justice concentration in Strategic Management will be able to demonstrate:

  • Familiarity with organizational structures of the criminal justice system and the classical and contemporary theories of organization, planning, and change.
  • The ability to practice criminal justice planning activities such as crime, systems, and legislative analysis.
  • The ability to implement quantitative and qualitative practices that enhance organizational decision-making, evaluation, and accountability.
  • An understanding of the nature of public emergency management and preparedness across public and private jurisdictions.

Students pursuing a concentration in Strategic Management must take the following concentration requirements.

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET AD 612 COO—Public Emergency Management
  • MET AD 715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
  • MET CJ 711 Criminal Justice Policy and Planning
  • MET CJ 831 Criminal Justice Administration

Additional Information

A maximum of two graduate courses (up to 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 two courses taken at Boston University outside the criminal justice program may be applied to the degree, with prior approval of the department chair.

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.