Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ)

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 or a concentration in Strategic Management.

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.

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.

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 Master of Criminal Justice?

  • The MCJ is ranked #4 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs, 2017 (U.S. News & World Report).
  • The MCJ was Boston University’s first online program, launched in 2002.
  • Students learn from leading criminal justice faculty with extensive field experience and scholarship in 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. Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, one of the faculty members you’ll work with in the Criminal Justice program.

Career Outlook

Forensic Science Technicians

27% increase in jobs through 2024

$56,320 median annual pay in 2015

Information Security Analysts

18% increase in jobs through 2024

$90,120 median annual pay in 2015

Private Detectives and Investigators

5% increase in jobs through 2024

$45,610 median annual pay in 2015

Police and Detectives

4% increase in jobs through 2024

$60,270 median annual pay in 2015

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

4% increase in jobs through 2024

$49,360 median annual pay in 2015

Correctional Officers and Bailiffs

4% increase in jobs through 2024

$40,580 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

The online Master of Criminal Justice consists of ten courses (40 credits): six required courses and a choice of four electives.

Students may choose the following Master of Criminal Justice concentrations:

The Boston University online Master of Criminal Justice will provide you with an in-depth examination of crime and justice, including theories, trends, and policies, in fewer 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.

Required Courses

(Six courses/24 credits)

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Electives

(Four courses/16 credits)

Students who are not choosing a concentration must select four courses from the following list*:

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*The following courses offered by other Metropolitan College departments are allowed with advisor and course faculty approval.

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Prerequisites may be required for MET AD 642 and MET AD 643.

Faculty

Robert Cadigan

Robert Cadigan

Associate Professor of Applied Social Sciences
PhD, MA, Boston University; BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Kyung-shick Choi

Kyung-shick Choi

Adjunct Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Cybercrime Program Coordinator
PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; MS, Boston University; BS, Northeastern University

Shea Cronin

Shea W. Cronin

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
PhD, American University; BS, Northeastern University

Daniel LeClair

Daniel P. LeClair

Professor and Chair of Applied Social Sciences
PhD, Tulane University; MA, Clark University; BA, University of Rhode Island

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

Danielle Rousseau

Danielle M. Rousseau

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
PhD, Northeastern University; MA, University of Denver; BA, University of Vermont

Francis J. Carney, Jr.

Lecturer, Applied Social Sciences
PhD, MA, Tufts University; BA, Boston College

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.