Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management in Criminal Justice

Available on campus and online, 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.

Effective leadership in the increasingly complex field of criminal justice requires a strong footing in ethics, management, 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 will help students to develop valuable skills that enhance the ability to analyze diverse problems and develop sound, sustainable policies that are guided by logic, evidence, and analysis—making it the ideal credential for experienced, mid-career criminal justice professionals who seek to advance into the policymaking ranks in their agencies.

Students who complete the Criminal Justice graduate certificate in Strategic Management will be able to demonstrate:

  • Familiarity with organizational structures of the criminal justice system along with the classical and contemporary theories of organization, planning, and change.
  • The ability to learn and apply planning skills related to criminal justice policymaking and program design.
  • Knowledge of policy monitoring and program evaluation techniques.
  • Proficient comprehension of quantitative and qualitative practices that enhance organizational decisionmaking, evaluation, and accountability.
  • An understanding of the nature of public emergency management and preparedness across public and private jurisdictions.

Admissions Information

For current admissions information, please visit the Metropolitan College website.

Required Courses

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET AD 612 COO–Public Emergency Management
  • MET CJ 571 Criminal Justice Administration and Ethics
  • MET CJ 711 Criminal Justice Policy and Planning

Plus one elective from the following list:

  • MET CJ 511 Rehabilitation and Re-Integration
  • MET CJ 520 Violence and Trauma
  • MET CJ 601 History of Criminal Justice
  • MET CJ 610 Cybercrime
  • MET CJ 612 Crime and Intelligence Analysis
  • MET CJ 625 Victimology
  • MET CJ 631 Youth Crime Problems
  • MET CJ 632 White-Collar Crime
  • MET CJ 650 Terrorism
  • MET CJ 656 Forensic Criminal Investigation
  • MET CJ 660 Gender and Justice
  • MET CJ 701 Crime and Punishment
  • MET CJ 710 Applied Digital Forensic Investigation
  • MET CJ 720 Trauma and Crisis Intervention
  • MET CJ 725 Forensic Behavior Analysis
  • MET CJ 750 Policing in a Democratic Society
  • MET CJ 775 Seminar in the Law and Criminal Procedure
  • MET CJ 801 Special Project in Criminal Justice
  • MET UA 507 Law and Justice in the City