Online Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate

Cybercrime and information security are growing transnational phenomena. Recently, severe security breaches, ID thefts, digital frauds, online drug-trafficking, and online dating violence have raised public concerns that technology facilitates cybercrime and victimization.

Driven by the need to ensure the security of very sensitive data in today’s government organizations and business enterprises, the demand for cyber security experts (network security analysts and cybersecurity investigators) is growing at 12 times the overall job market and has increased by 73 percent during the five years from 2007 to 2012 (according to labor market consultants Burning Glass Technologies).

Ideal for law enforcement officers, computer science-related personnel, and business personnel who wish to enhance their expertise in cybercrime investigation and cybersecurity techniques, the online graduate certificate program in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity (CIC) offers an interdisciplinary approach that combines criminal justice and cybersecurity. The curriculum ensures that students 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 cyber-criminology and the legal practices, practical digital investigative knowledge, and policies related to cybersecurity risk assessment. In addition, students who successfully complete the certificate program are eligible to take the forensic examiner exams.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate 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.


Why Choose BU’s Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity?

  • Four-course certificate program comprises courses shared by the Master of Criminal Justice program, ranked #2 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs (U.S. News & World Report 2018).
  • Students learn from leading criminal justice faculty with extensive field experience and scholarship in cybercrime investigation, cybersecurity, policing, the judicial system, and corrections.
  • In the online classroom, students are able to network with a global community of criminal justice professionals.

Meet Dr. Kyung-shick Choi, one of the faculty members you’ll work with in the Criminal Justice program.

Career Outlook

Information Security Analysts

18% increase in jobs through 2024

$90,120 median annual pay in 2015

Police and Detectives

4% increase in jobs through 2024

$60,270 median annual pay in 2015

Forensic Science Technicians

27% increase in jobs through 2024

$56,320 median annual pay in 2015

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.

Curriculum

Boston University’s Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity (CIC) consists of four required online courses (16 credits).

Coursework from the Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity can be applied toward the Metropolitan College online Master of Criminal Justice.

Application Fee Waiver
Current members of the American Jail Association (AJA) are eligible for a Graduate Application fee waiver ($25 for applications to the graduate certificate), and should email metcorp@bu.edu with information confirming AJA membership.

 

Getting Started

To learn more or to contact an enrollment advisor before you get started, request information using the button below and tell us a little about yourself. Someone will be in touch to answer any questions you may have about the program and detail the next steps in earning your degree. You can also start your application or register for a course at Metropolitan College.