Master of Criminal Justice, Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity Concentration

The Master of Criminal Justice 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 who complete the Master of Criminal Justice concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity will be able to demonstrate:

  • Insight into cyber-criminology and legal practices.
  • Practical digital investigative knowledge.
  • An understanding of the policies related to cybersecurity risk assessment.
  • A command of leadership theories and skills pertaining to the management of criminal justice organizations.

Application Fee Waiver

Current members of the American Jail Association (AJA) are eligible for a Graduate Application fee waiver ($85 for applications to the master’s degree) and should email metcorp@bu.edu with information confirming AJA membership.

Course Waivers

Applicants bearing any of the following three industrial certifications will be able to waive one course per credential (up to two courses/8 credits) from the Master of Criminal Justice program, as specified below:

Industry Certification Courses Waived*
Certified Jail Manager (American Jail Association) Criminal Justice Administration (MET CJ 831)
Certified PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) Auditor (U.S. Department of Justice) Trauma and Crisis Intervention (MET CJ 720) 
SMIP (Senior Management Institute for Police) Certification (Police Executive Research Forum) Policing in a Democratic Society (MET CJ 750)

*In instances where students wish to take a waived course and forego an elective, decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the department chair in consultation with the criminal justice faculty. Such decisions will be based on the academic merit of the request.


A total of 40 credits is required, distributed as follows:

Core Requirements

(Six courses/24 credits)

This course explores potential answers to complex and important questions about criminal behavior by drawing on the social science of criminology. Criminology is the interdisciplinary study of the development of law, criminal phenomena and societal responses to crime. The primary emphasis of this course will be discussing and evaluating major explanations or theories of crime. Because criminology is interdisciplinary, we will examine theories that are ground in a range of academic perspectives, including sociological, biological, political, psychological and economic explanations for crime. Course lectures and discussions focus on the historical development of the theories, their major assumptions and propositions, their relevance for public policy and practice. As we progress through each explanation for crime, we critically evaluate the validity of different explanations for crime as well as criminal justice policies and practices that they support.  [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Rousseau W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O2 IND Cronin ARR
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O1 IND Gustafson ARR

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the discipline of victimology, an emerging area of specialization in the field of criminology. Emphasis will focus on crime victims and their plight, the relationships between crime victims and other social groups and institutions, such as the media, business, politicians, special interest groups, and social movements. The issues of Justice and Redress from the perspective of the victim as well as general society will be stressed. An overview of victim prevention programs and victim assistance programs will be presented. Topics such as the Restorative Justice Model, Victim Repayment, and Victim/Offender Mediation will be included in the course content. While the course follows an interdisciplinary approach and is designed for general interest and appeal, it has particular relevance for students drawn from disciplinary interests in the fields of criminal justice, psychology, sociology, education, health care administration, and political science.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Weaver STH B20 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O2 IND Cadigan ARR

The purpose of this course is to examine the nature and extent of corporate and white-collar crime, including detection, deterrence, and criminal liability sanctions, as well as, the social and legal changes related to corporate illegality. Students will use case materials which address securities fraud, money "laundering", professional deviance, and political corruption, in addition to other topics. Students will also analyze policy responses including RICO and other laws, regulations and court processing.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND LeClair ARR

This course introduces students to the use of quantitative data in analyzing the criminal justice system. It serves as an introduction to the statistical methods used in applied social science research and furthers students' understanding of the role statistical analysis plays in planning and policy development.  [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O2 IND Cadigan ARR
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Cronin CAS 229 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Cadigan ARR

This course introduces students to the practice, theory, and philosophy of social science research, with a special focus on criminal justice. It not only broadens students' knowledge of the ethical issues associated with research, but also introduces them to a variety of research techniques such as surveys, field research, and experimental designs. Research Methods will lay the foundation for students to become informed "consumers" of research, as well as "producers" of it.  [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Cronin M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O2 IND Holt ARR

The challenge of administering, managing, and leading today's criminal justice organizations is becoming increasingly complicated due to many factors, ranging from terrorism and cyber crime to politicization and privatization. This course provides students with not only a conceptual and theoretical basis on which to manage these complex entities, but also practical approaches to organizational effectiveness, integrity, and innovation.   [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O1 IND Mastrorilli ARR
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Mastrorilli SHA 210 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the Master of Criminal Justice core requirements, students pursuing a concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity must also satisfy the following requirements:

Required Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

This course is designed to help students understand and apply the nature of computer crime in the criminal justice field. Several theories (both micro-level and macro-level) will be presented and will be analyzed in depth and applied to computer crime cases both past and present. Students will see how major theories have been re-developed to be applied to computer crime, and by using these theories, students will both develop and explore different strategies for future law enforcement. Students will be presented with common types of fraudulent schemes, as well as several laws that have been enacted and developed specifically for computer crime. In addition, causes, victimization, legal issues, control strategies, and societal costs regarding the "computer-crime" problem will be explored and evaluated.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Choi CGS 515 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Choi ARR

This course is designed to engage students for conducting successful forensic examinations of digital devices and computer networks with hands-on-experience within the Virtual Security Lab. The course introduces EnCase forensic software, which has received the high acceptance rate in a court of law as an expert witness. The course aims to cover various cybercrime topics and digital forensic investigation practices using digital evidence samples. In the process of learning, students will explore the nature of specific cybercrime and be able to successfully analyze and document the digital evidence related to the crime.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Choi T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Choi ARR

This course enables IT professional leaders to identify emerging security risks and implement highly secure networks to support organizational goals. Discussion of methodologies for identifying, quantifying, mitigating and controlling risks. Students implement a comprehensive IT risk management plans (RMP) that identify alternate sites for processing mission-critical applications, and techniques to recover infrastructure, systems, networks, data and user access. The course also discusses related topics such as: disaster recovery, handling information security; protection of property, personnel and facilities; protection of sensitive and classified information, privacy issues, and criminal terrorist and hostile activities.  [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Burgoyne R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E1 IND Burgoyne R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
BHA IND T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Burgoyne CAS 227 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O2 IND Pak ARR
BCL IND Rachamadugu ROOM S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Provides a comprehensive understanding of digital forensics and investigation tools and techniques. Learn what computer forensics and investigation is as a profession and gain an understanding of the overall investigative process. Operating system architectures and disk structures are discussed. Studies how to set up an investigator's office and laboratory, as well as what computer forensic hardware and software tools are available. Other topics covered include importance of digital evidence controls and how to process crime and incident scenes, details of data acquisition, computer forensic analysis, e-mail investigations, image file recovery, investigative report writing, and expert witness requirements. Provides a range of laboratory and hands-on assignments either in solo or in teams. With rapid growth of computer systems and digital data this area has grown in importance. Prereq: Working knowledge of windows computers, including installing and removing software. Access to a PC meeting the minimum system requirements defined in the course syllabus.  [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O2 IND ARR
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Arena CGS 113 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E1 IND Arena CGS 113 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Navarro ARR

Other Requirements

Upon completion of the Core Requirements, all degree candidates must pass a comprehensive examination.


Degree requirements for the online Master of Criminal Justice concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity can be viewed here.

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