Welcome to the MET Community
Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) represents a vibrant and engaged community of students, faculty, and alumni. Our mission, since 1965, has been to ensure that the resources of a leading research university are accessible to the community and the world, while providing students with high-quality, academic degree and certificate programs, first-rate faculty, and flexible modes of study. We remain committed to this mission.
Boston University is known for its progressive diversity, as demonstrated by a number of milestones that you can see, to great effect, on the BU Timeline. At MET, we uphold the values and fearless innovation that make BU a great university (ranked 37 in the world by U.S. News & World Report). As a student at MET, you will benefit from high academic standards and a rigorous education that embraces the latest developments, approaches, and technologies that drive industry. Our accreditation and awards represent our success at providing a solid education and preparation for the work place:
- MET’s programs in Information Security are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems, and were instrumental in BU’s designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.
- MET’s Administrative Sciences degree programs are among the few with both U.S. and European accreditation through AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Program Accreditation System (EPAS).
- The College has two degree programs—Computer Information Systems and Project Management —with accreditation from the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (PMI-GAC).
- In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked three of MET’s fully online graduate programs among the nation’s best. The Master of Criminal Justice was #2 on the list of 55 Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs. The master’s in Computer Information Systems was #3 out of the 42 Best Online Graduate Information Technology Programs. The five Master of Science degree programs in management placed #9 on this list of 127 Best Online Graduate Business Programs.
- MET received the Sloan Consortium award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education and the U.S. Distance Learning Association award for 21st Century Best Practices.
Collaboration—among MET programs, with other BU schools and colleges, and external—remains increasingly vital at the College. A quick glance at MET in the News or our online magazine, Metropolitan, will show students, faculty, and alumni who are actively engaged in international research, projects, and conferences—and having a significant impact on global affairs.
Recently, we implemented graduate research assistantships—one for every full-time faculty member at the College—ensuring that graduate students have access to the hands-on, practical research experience sought by employers. Likewise, assistants will enable faculty to increase their scholarly output.
We also continue to expand the role of educational technologies in the classroom and online, bringing a greatly enhanced, multimedia learning experience to students in our online, blended, and on-campus programs. While MET has been at the forefront of educational technology for more than ten years, there are many exciting frontiers ahead of us.
In summary, MET is a unique college. As part of a globally renowned university, we can accomplish extraordinary things through the integration of our scholarly work and educational technologies into the overall mission of the university. I invite you to investigate our programs and our reputation—I think that you will agree that the College is an exciting place, and it is only going to get better.
Dean ad interim
Boston University Metropolitan College
Dr. Zlateva’s research interests include computational modeling of visual perception, parallel and distributed processing, and pattern recognition. She was instrumental in developing the information security curriculum that led to Boston University’s designation as a Center for Academic Excellence by the National Security Agency. She is an expert in online course delivery and development, and has an accomplished research background in computer science. Zlateva serves as director for education at Boston University’s Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security (RISCS). In 2010, the RISCS team secured two $3 million grants from the National Science Foundation. The funds will support two major research projects in the field of IT: “Securing the Open Softphone” and “Towards Trustworthy Interactions in the Cloud.”