Program at a Glance

  • Online and On Campus
  • Full-Time or Part-Time Study
  • 16 Credits
  • 8–12 Months to Completion
  • 4 Full-Time Faculty Members
  • No GRE/GMAT
  • Tuition & Fees Range—Part-Time Study*: $12,040–$13,720

*Based on 2023–2024 Boston University tuition and fees.

Develop Valuable Crime Analysis Skills with a Graduate Certificate

Available on campus and online, the Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) is an interdisciplinary program that develops your ability to use and analyze a variety of data sources to inform the investigations, strategies, and policy decisions of criminal justice organizations.

Crime analysis is crucial to a growing field within law enforcement and related domains in criminal justice. Policework is not just knocking on doors and interviewing witnesses anymore. Data-driven and intelligence-led approaches to crime have become the standard among contemporary criminal justice organizations. The proliferation of data generated by surveillance cameras, body cams, GPS, mobile devices, social media, email and text exchanges, wearable tech, sensors, and other sources has enhanced the potential to map hotspots, discern patterns and trends, gather evidence, solve crimes, and demonstrate results. Having the skills to analyze this data is critical for tactical, operational, and strategic efforts in law enforcement, and essential to research and policy development and reform.

BU MET’s Crime Analysis certificate prepares students to fill in-house crime analyst roles or similar positions, while strengthening the skills of those working in investigations, management, and operations to utilize analysis more effectively.

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MET’s online master’s degree in criminal justice is ranked #3 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2024.

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I graduated in September 2017. Shortly after, I earned a position in Florida as a crime analyst for a sheriff’s office. Now, I’m an investigative analyst for the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor in New York, New York.”Michael-Angelo Zummo (MET’17), Investigative Analyst for the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor in New York, New York

Why BU Should Be Your Top Choice for Criminal Justice Graduate Study

  • Active Learning Environment: Benefit from criminal justice coursework that employs case studies, simulations using real data, and hands-on problem solving to develop practical skills you can immediately apply on the job.
  • Engaged Faculty: Collaborate with faculty who have subject-matter expertise, research-based insight, and extensive field experience in law enforcement, corrections, cybercrime investigation and digital forensics, research and policy, forensic mental health, the judicial system, strategic management, and many other areas.
  • Extensive Network: Study alongside classmates whose diversity of criminal justice experience inspires discussion and debate, along with the opportunity to form valuable, long-lasting connections in the field.
  • 15:1 Class Ratio: Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty and access to support.
  • 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 Options: Study at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus or fully online. Courses begin fall, spring, and summer; online courses have two starts per term.
  • Track Record: Learn from the best—BU MET has offered criminal justice education since 1973, introducing its master’s degree in criminal justice in 1980, which became BU’s first fully online program in 2002.

Prepare for the Future of Criminal Justice

The Crime Analysis graduate certificate is part of BU MET’s portfolio of criminal justice programs, which includes the Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) with concentrations in Crime Analysis, Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity, and Strategic Management, along with additional four-course graduate certificates in Criminal Justice, Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity, and Strategic Management in Criminal Justice.

Housed in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at MET, Boston University’s criminal justice programs prepare you to tackle contemporary challenges in the field, providing training in critical specialization areas and emphasizing practical, insightful, and adaptable knowledge that can be immediately applied on the job while informing your career growth for years to come.

Online or on campus, BU MET students of criminal justice come from all walks of life and comprise an intricate network of organizations. Whether you are pursuing or enhancing a criminal justice career, planning for a doctoral program, or considering a future in teaching, BU’s criminal justice programs will give you the foundation to navigate difficult issues, improve your practice, and open new possibilities for your future.

Graduate with Expertise in Crime Analysis

Metropolitan College’s Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis will equip you to:

  • Understand the wide variety of data sources available for crime and intelligence analysis, including the methods of data collection, uses, strengths, and limitations.
  • Prepare different sources of data for use in analysis processes (e.g., data reorganization, matching).
  • Conduct analysis using a variety of different techniques, including mapping and spatial analysis and other advanced methods.
  • Incorporate analyses into effective written and oral reports that are useful to investigation, strategy, and policy decisions within law enforcement organizations.
  • Comprehend the ethical and legal rules and values that govern crime analysis within law enforcement organizations operating in a democratic society.
  • Inform effective data-driven or intelligence-led investigations, strategies, and policies based on awareness of contemporary law enforcement and security approaches.

Certificate-to-Degree Pathway

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You can earn the master’s in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Crime Analysis by completing the Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice and the Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis. Students currently enrolled in a graduate certificate who are interested in transitioning into a master’s degree should contact their academic advisor to declare their interest in this pathway. A new master’s degree application is not required. Connect with a graduate admissions advisor at apssadmissions@bu.edu to learn more about this option.

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(Four courses/16 credits)

Plus one elective from the following list:

Any request for addition or substitution of elective courses requires approval from the department.


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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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BU MET programs offer the flexibility of part-time study, either on campus or online. Tuition, fees, and total program cost are determined by enrollment status. Course enrollment in this certificate program is 1–2 courses (4–8 credits) in a semester, and tuition is charged the part-time per-credit rate.

Crime Analysis Graduate Certificate (Online and On Campus)

Enrollment Status Part Time
Courses per Semester 2 courses
(8 credits)
Time to Degree 2 semesters
(8 months)
Tuition* $535-$955
per credit**
Fees per Semester* $60
Total Degree Cost* $12,040–
$13,720

*Based on 2023–2024 Boston University tuition & fee rates.
**Cost per credit is determined by course number (100–599 = $535/credit, 600–999 = $955/credit).

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 BU MET’s Financial Aid page.

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