U.S. News & World Report Ranks BU Programs in Top 6
MET’s online Master of Criminal Justice has been ranked the #1 program of its kind by U.S. News & World Report. The 2016 rankings of Best Online Programs also included MET’s fully online master’s in Computer Information Systems—solid at #3 for the second year running—and master’s degree programs in management, now at the #6 position.
#1 Criminal Justice Graduate Online Program in the Nation: Boston University’s Metropolitan College Gets High Ranks from U.S. News & World Report
January 12, 2016—U.S. News & World Report has announced the nation’s Best Online Programs, placing three Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) programs in the top six and naming their Master of Criminal Justice the #1 Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Program, out of the 55 programs assessed.
“We are honored to be ranked the number one online criminal justice master’s program,” says Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of Applied Social Sciences Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, who is faculty coordinator for the online Master of Criminal Justice. “This distinction serves as a validation of our commitment to providing an excellent academic experience for each of our students.”
“Congratulations are due to our dedicated students and the remarkable team at MET,” says Professor Dan LeClair, chair of Applied Social Sciences. “Our success is a result of strong collaboration among faculty, facilitators, and administrators within the Department of Applied Social Sciences, the office of Distance Education, and MET as a whole.”
The 2016 U.S. News rankings also included MET’s fully online master’s in Computer Information Systems—solid for the second year at #3 among Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs, out of 48 listed schools—and master’s degree programs in management, which advanced to the #6 position out of 130 schools listed for Best Online Graduate Business Programs (excluding MBAs).
U.S. News & World Report looks at U.S. schools and takes into account a variety of factors, including faculty credentials and training, admissions selectivity, student services and technology, student engagement, and peer reputation. “These rankings serve as an important tool for prospective students as they select an institution,” says MET Dean ad interim Tanya Zlateva. “MET’s outstanding results reflect and affirm the superior online learning experience offered by our faculty, facilitators, and staff.”
Dean Zlateva underscores one factor in particular: “At the heart of every MET academic activity is the quality of our students. Their commendable motivation—along with their professional credentials, academic contributions, and dedication—continues to make MET a unique and vibrant academic community.”
Since 2001, Boston University has pioneered a trusted model of digital learning unparalleled in American higher education. The University’s distinguished faculty and office of Distance Education work in close partnership to design state-of-the-art online programs, bringing groundbreaking research, academic innovation, and first-rate professors to students around the globe. Metropolitan College alone accounts for over twenty of BU’s online degree and certificate programs.
The Master of Criminal Justice has the distinction of being Boston University’s first online degree program, introduced in 2002. A Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity degree concentration was added in 2015. MET’s Department of Computer Science introduced the online version of its master’s in Computer Information Systems in 2004, and last year added a new concentration in Data Analytics. The Department of Administrative Sciences recently introduced the online master’s in Applied Business Analytics Management. The online master’s degrees include accreditation by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Program Accreditation System (EPAS) and the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Programs (GAC).
About Boston University’s Metropolitan College
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 32,500 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 schools and colleges, along with a number of multidisciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission.
As one of those colleges, Metropolitan College offers more than 70 part-time undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs in a flexible learning environment that supports the academic, professional, and intellectual needs of working adults. For half a century, the Metropolitan College mission has been to broaden the reach of BU—ensuring that the resources of a leading research university are accessible to the community and the world via part-time study during the evening or through innovative online and blended programs. For more information, visit bu.edu/met.