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Master of Criminal Justice Boston University Metropolitan College


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#2, Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs (U.S. News & World Report 2015).

The field of criminal justice is changing. Technological advancements, coupled with contemporary world events, have created an ever-increasing need for criminal justice professionals who have insight into the sociological, legal, theoretical, and practical arenas of law enforcement.

The Master of Criminal Justice program is designed for those who want to advance in the field of criminal justice, enter it, or simply gain a deeper understanding of this fascinating discipline. Students in the online Master of Criminal Justice program have the option of choosing a concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity.

An MCJ degree 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. Degree candidates will take courses where they 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. Ever evolving and often misunderstood, crime and justice are central to the moral fabric and social cohesion of society.

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.

Taught by leading criminal justice faculty who have extensive experience and scholarship in policing, the judicial system, and corrections, the online Master of Criminal Justice will provide you with the knowledge and preparation to:

  • Advance your career
  • Lead the criminal justice community
  • Assess and analyze criminal justice issues using  improved critical thinking
  • Expand both your competencies and networking affiliations  in criminal justice administration
  • Teach in the field of criminal justice
  • Provide a strong academic foundation to pursue doctoral studies or law school

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

  • Advanced knowledge 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 evaluation of criminal justice practices, programs, and policies, and the understanding of crime causation generally.
  • Competence sufficient to evaluate and resolve the ethical issues in criminal justice practice, policy, and research.
  • 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.


The Boston University online Master of Criminal Justice consists of ten courses that will provide you with an in-depth examination of crime and justice, to include its theories, trends, and policies in less than two years of study. You focus on only one course at a time by taking two seven-week courses per semester.  This course delivery method is designed for working professionals to make the most efficient use of their time, and to maximize the learning experience.

Students may choose the following Master of Criminal Justice concentration:

Getting Started

Students may apply to begin at any time. Please complete this form to begin the application process.