Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program is designed for those who want to enter, or advance in, the field of criminal justice, or those who seek a deeper understanding of crime and justice for application in related fields. The MS in Criminal Justice 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. Ever-evolving and often misunderstood, crime and justice issues are complex and important areas of public policy. In your coursework, you 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.

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

Students who complete the master’s degree in Criminal Justice will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of, and ability to evaluate, criminological and criminal justice theories and their implications for public policy and practice.
  • Proficiency in research design and quantitative and qualitative analysis related to the evaluation of criminal justice practices, programs, and policies, and to the etiology of crime in applied settings.
  • Competence sufficient to evaluate and resolve the ethical issues in criminal justice practice and implement, manage, and lead organizational changes to prevent or respond effectively to them.
  • An ability to synthesize, evaluate, recognize implications, and communicate effectively using scholarly sources of information connected to crime theory and policy.
  • An understanding of leadership theories and skills as they pertain to managing and leading criminal justice organizations.

MSCJ Concentrations

Program Options

Available on campus and in the following format:

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Matthew C. Moynihan

Matthew C. Moynihan
Captain, Rhode Island State Police

MS in Criminal Justice, Concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity (MET’19); BS, Northeastern University

Were you able to use faculty as a resource? Is there a particular faculty member who enhanced your experience?

Each course is taught by highly skilled and well-prepared faculty. The team approach, where additional guidance and instructions are provided by online course facilitators, helped me to understand the presented material and provided the necessary resources when I needed further clarification. I frequently consulted with course facilitators while completing assignments to further enhance the learning experience.

To complement scheduled coursework, MS in Criminal Justice students have opportunities to participate in “live classrooms” with guest speakers from other criminal justice courses at MET. In February of 2018, Professor Shea Cronin’s Policing in a Democratic Society (MET CJ 750) had a particularly impactful guest speaker, Frederick Ryan, the then-chief of police from Arlington, Mass. Chief Ryan has received national recognition as a leader in law enforcement response to the opioid overdose epidemic. Under his leadership, the Arlington Police Department was an early adopter of police-led outreach models. This live classroom session was particularly influential in my professional life as I had just been assigned to a newly created position with the Rhode Island State Police as the Opioid Enforcement and Prevention Coordinator, and was in the process of creating a plan for our program. I was not enrolled in Professor Cronin’s class, but still had the opportunity to hear Chief Ryan’s inspirational story of how he led the efforts in Arlington to combat the epidemic. I was able to connect with him after the session and his innovative approach to handling the opioid crisis, known as “the Arlington model,” informed my work as I developed the HOPE Initiative in Rhode Island. The HOPE Initiative is the first statewide post-overdose outreach program in the country, and since the program launched late in 2018 we have made more than 1,600 contacts with Rhode Islanders struggling with addiction.

In addition to the support I received from various professors and facilitators, I also appreciated the input and support from my fellow students and found our interactions to be valuable, as many times they challenged the assumptions I was making as a mid-career law enforcement officer.