Online Strategic Management in Criminal Justice Graduate Certificate

The online 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.

Honoring Excellence

Nu Mu, Boston University’s chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma’s National Criminal Justice Honor Society, is now online. Check out the new website.

Why Choose BU’s Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management?

  • Four-course certificate program comprises courses shared by the Master of Criminal Justice program, ranked #4 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs (U.S. News & World Report 2017).
  • Students learn from leading criminal justice faculty with extensive field experience and scholarship in policing, the judicial system, and corrections.
  • The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management prepares practitioners for professional roles analyzing complex criminal justice problems and developing sound, sustainable policies that are guided by logic and planning.
  • In the online classroom, students are able to network with a global community of criminal justice professionals.

Meet Dr. Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, 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

 

Forensic Science Technicians

27% increase in jobs through 2024

$56,320 median annual pay in 2015

 

Police and Detectives

4% increase in jobs through 2024

$60,270 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 Strategic Management in Criminal Justice consists of four required online courses (16 credits).

Coursework from the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management in Criminal Justice can be applied toward the Metropolitan College online Master of Criminal Justice.

(Four courses/16 credits)

METAD612 COO-Public Emergency Management

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 credits]

METAD715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making

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 credits]

METCJ711 Criminal Justice Policy and Planning

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 credits]

METCJ831 Criminal Justice Administration

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 credits]

Applicants to the program are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, having graduated with a final GPA of 3.0, and must provide a personal statement and three letters of recommendation.

Faculty

Donald Byrne

Lecturer, Applied Social Sciences
MBA, Southern New Hampshire University; BA, St. John University

Mary Ellen Mastrorilli

Mary Ellen Mastrorilli

Associate Professor of the Practice of Criminal Justice and Associate Chair of Applied Sciences;
Faculty Coordinator for the Online Master of Criminal Justice
PhD, Northeastern University; MPA, Suffolk University; BA, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Vladimir Zlatev

Vladimir Zlatev

Associate Professor of the Practice of Administrative Sciences
PhD, MS, BS, Dresden University of Technology

Getting Started

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