The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice degree completion program at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) is designed specifically for domestic transfer students with at least six or more completed courses at a regionally accredited college or university. The BS in Criminal Justice program builds on methods and theories of social science while developing a specialized understanding of criminal activity, policing, corrections, criminal court procedures, and social policy as it relates to crime control. Graduates will be adept in critical thinking, computer applications, and quantitative analysis in relation to criminal study.

Program at a Glance

  • On Campus
  • Part-Time*
  • 128 Credits
  • 24–36 Months**

*Please note that Metropolitan College does not issue visas to international students for full-time on-campus study in undergraduate programs (degree or non-degree).
**Program duration depends on volume of approved transfer credits. To learn more about transfer credit eligibility, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

Flexible, Part-Time Degree Completion—at Boston University

The BS in Criminal Justice at Boston University’s Metropolitan College is a self-paced bachelor’s degree completion program offered in a convenient, part-time evening format—ideal for busy professionals who seek to earn a Boston University degree without turning their personal lives upside down or putting their careers on hold. Along with self-paced programs in a variety of majors on campus, MET also offers the Online Undergraduate Degree Completion Program, leading to a bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies.

A variety of undergraduate certificate programs provide the opportunity for focused study in a specific subject. Certificates can work into select degree programs at MET, offer breadth to current studies, or build professional skills and knowledge.

A Foundation for Criminal Justice Success

Metropolitan College’s Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice equips you with:

  • Proficient knowledge of theoretical perspectives of crime causation and their implications and applications for public policy and practice.
  • Specialized knowledge of content areas connected to domains within the administration of justice (law, policing, adjudication, and corrections) and specific crime- and justice-related social problems.
  • A foundation for conducting, interpreting, and evaluating research designs, as well as the quantitative and qualitative analytical methods for understanding crime- and justice-related social problems.
  • A capacity to recognize and analyze legal and ethical constraints, their implications for criminal justice policy and decision-makers, and the effect of justice policy and practice on diverse sets of values and groups in society.
  • An ability to synthesize, evaluate, recognize implications, and communicate effectively using scholarly sources of information connected to crime theory and policy.
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Why Complete Your Criminal Justice Bachelor’s at BU?

  • Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s criminal justice bachelor’s program, an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio ensures close interaction with highly qualified faculty who draw from active research and substantial professional achievements in areas such as law enforcement, corrections, cybercrime investigation and digital forensics, research and policy, forensic mental health, the judicial system, strategic management, and many other areas.
  • Track Record: Learn from the best—BU MET has offered criminal justice education since 1973, introducing the master’s degree in criminal justice in 1980, which became BU’s first fully online program in 2002.
  • Extensive Network: Study principles of criminal justice alongside peers with professional experiences, learn from faculty who have valuable contacts in community outreach, law enforcement, research, and corrections, and benefit from a global alumni community with strong connections.
  • Student Support: Benefit from access to personalized professional academic advice from the team of academic counselors in MET Enrollment & Student Success.
  • Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Center for Antiracist Research, Initiative on Cities, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, and many others.
  • Flexible Schedule: Pursue your studies part-time, at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus.
  • Affordable Tuition: Complete your bachelor’s part-time at BU at a substantial savings compared to full-time study.
  • Financial Assistance: Undergraduate students at BU MET are eligible for a range of financial aid and community-minded scholarship opportunities designed to support those investing in their education part-time who still need to navigate full-time responsibilities.

Bachelor’s-to-Master’s Pathway

BU MET’s Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree program can serve as a preparatory building block to future graduate education opportunities—including the Master of Science in Criminal Justice and the Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice. By mastering the fundamentals of the field under the tutelage of MET’s world-class Criminal Justice faculty, you develop both the skills and the habits necessary for continuing graduate studies, and vital University connections. To be eligible for the degree, you must apply for admission and be accepted into the degree program. Consult with an admissions advisor to learn more about this option.

Candidates for the bachelor’s degree at Metropolitan College are required to complete a minimum of 32 courses (128 credits), including Hub requirements, major requirements, related courses, and electives.

Hub Requirements

All BU undergraduate students, including transfer students, will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, the University’s general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements can be satisfied in a number of ways, including coursework in and beyond the major as well as through cocurricular activities. Students majoring in Criminal Justice and taking MET SO 300 will satisfy BU Hub requirements in Social Inquiry I, Critical Thinking, and Research and Information Literacy.

Major and Related Courses

A total of 16 courses (64 credits), completed with a grade of C or higher, is required.

Required Courses

The following six courses (24 credits) are required:

Choose an additional seven courses (28 credits) from the following (at least 16 credits must be at the 300 level or higher):

Additional courses may be chosen with the department chair’s approval.

Related Courses

Three courses (12 credits) from any department, with at least one at the 300 level or higher, selected with the advice and approval of the department chair, to supplement the curriculum to allow students to develop further specialization in such areas as computer sciences, foreign languages, psychology, sociology, and other closely related fields.

Electives

Electives are chosen with the advice of the department chair. The number of electives varies depending on transfer credit.


Tuition & Financial Assistance

Competitive Tuition

Our part-time rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education.

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Comprehensive Financial Assistance

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BU MET’s bachelor’s degree completion programs allow students to quickly complete their degree at an affordable part-time tuition rate, enrolling in two to three courses (8–12 credits) each semester. Eligible graduates from any public Massachusetts community college receive a 50 percent tuition reduction.

Total program cost is dependent on the quantity of transferrable credits and number of courses taken each semester. For a cost estimate based on your academic background, please connect with an admissions advisor.

This chart shows the variable costs dependent on the volume of incoming transfer credit:

Incoming
Transfer Credits**
68–80
(17–20 courses)
36–64
(9–16 courses)
24–32
(6–8 courses)
Remaining BU Credits
for Degree Completion
48–60
(12⁠–⁠15 courses)
64–92
(16⁠–⁠23 courses)
96–104
(24⁠–⁠26 courses)
Time to Degree 4–7 semesters
(16⁠–⁠28 months)***
6–11 semesters
(24⁠–⁠44 months)***
8–13 semesters
(32⁠–⁠62 months)***
Tuition per Credit* $550 $550 $550
Fees per Semester* $60 $60 $60
Total Degree Cost* $26,640⁠–⁠
$33,420
$35,620⁠–⁠
$51,260
$53,280⁠–⁠
$57,980

*Based on 2024–2025 Boston University tuition & fee rates. Some courses may require a $200 undergraduate lab fee (for non-computer science courses).
**To determine your transferrable undergraduate credits, schedule an appointment with Assistant Director of Admissions Kevin Ahearn.
***Program completion time is dependent upon transfer credits and pace of enrollment (two or three courses per semester).

Please note that enrollment in four or more courses in a semester requires students to pay the full-time (per semester) tuition rate.

Questions? Please contact us to hear from an Admissions Advisor who can help you determine the best enrollment pathway. For information regarding financial aid, visit the Boston University Financial Assistance website. We also encourage you to review the scholarship opportunities for BU MET undergraduate students.

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