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.

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 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 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 511 Rehabilitation and Reintegration
  • MET CJ/PS 520 Violence and Trauma
  • MET CJ 601 History of Criminal Justice
  • MET CJ 610 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 801 Graduate Directed Study in Criminal Justice
  • MET CJ 831 Criminal Justice Administration
  • MET UA 507 Law and Justice in the City

Other Requirements

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

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.

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.

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

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 (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 710 Applied Digital Forensics Investigation
  • MET CJ 831 Criminal Justice Administration

Online Master of Criminal Justice Concentration

Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity

The online 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.

Online students pursuing a Concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity must take the following concentration requirements.

(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

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.