Strategic Management in Criminal Justice Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management in Criminal Justice at Boston University’s Metropolitan College offers an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to provide the skills needed to face contemporary criminal justice challenges and lead reforms—not only domestically, but internationally.

Effective leadership in the increasingly complex field of criminal justice requires a strong footing in ethics, business, and analysis, as well as the ability to keep pace with issues that include the realities of terrorism, the emergence of cybercrime, questions of police legitimacy, and stagnant correctional outcomes in terms of recidivism among offenders. The Strategic Management certificate develops valuable skills that enhance the ability to analyze diverse problems and develop sound, sustainable policies that are guided by logic and planning—making it the ideal credential for experienced, mid-career criminal justice professionals who seek to advance into policy-making, upper management, or executive-level positions in their agencies.

Students who complete Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management in Criminal Justice will be able to demonstrate:

  • Familiarity with organizational structures of the criminal justice system and the classical and contemporary theories of organization, planning, and change.
  • The ability to practice criminal justice planning activities such as crime, systems, and legislative analysis.
  • The ability to implement quantitative and qualitative practices that enhance organizational decision-making, evaluation, and accountability.
  • An understanding of the nature of public emergency management and preparedness across public and private jurisdictions.

Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management Program Options

Available on campus and in the following format:

Official transcripts of previous academic work, two letters of recommendation, personal statement, and résumé are required as part of the application.

Minimum passing grade for a course in the graduate certificate program is B– (2.7), but an average grade of B (3.0) must be maintained to be in good academic standing and satisfy the certificate requirements.

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All credits earned toward the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management in Criminal Justice may be applied to the Metropolitan College Master of Criminal Justice program.

Applicants to the program are required to have a bachelor’s degree, and must provide two letters of recommendation (at least one from an academic source). Some courses may have additional prerequisites.


(Four courses/16 credits)

This course examines emergency management from national, state, local, and family perspectives of prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. The course encompasses knowledge of the specific agencies, organizations, and individual behaviors in emergency management as well as the interlinking partnerships between/among these groups. Areas of discussion include: responsibilities at federal, state, community and individual levels; guidelines and procedures for operations and compliance such as the National response Plan; Incident Command Systems (ICS); exercises; plan development, command, and control; communication; partnership development and maintenance; leadership; and numerous other elements related to effective emergency management. The unique and critical roles of private and public partnerships are reviewed and particular attention is paid to the interplay and interdependency among national, state, community, business (public and private), and the individual. 4cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O1 IND Jennings ARR

Explores decision making and policy formulation in organizations. Includes goal setting and the planning process, rational models of decision making, evaluation of alternatives, prediction of outcomes, cost-benefit analysis, decision trees, uncertainty and risk assessment, and procedures for evaluation of outcomes.   [ 4 cr. ]

Sum1 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
BNR IND Cleary S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Fall 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Zlatev FLR 134 T 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm
E1 IND Zlatev EPC 209 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Zlatev ARR
BHA IND Cleary U 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

This course will introduce you to the concepts of criminal justice policy and planning. You will be introduced to two major theories of planning and apply them to criminal justice settings. Additionally, you will learn the techniques for analyzing problems, developing programs and policies resulting from problem analysis, along with program and policy monitoring and evaluation.  [ 4 cr. ]

Sum1 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SO1 IND Mastrorilli ARR
Fall 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O1 IND Mastrorilli 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. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Mastrorilli CAS 214 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

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