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—Part-Time Study*: $15,400
*Based on 2023–2024 Boston University tuition and fees. Merit scholarship may reduce cost.
Prepare to Take on Cybercrime Investigation Jobs
Offered on campus and online, the Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity—offered jointly by the departments of Applied Social Sciences and Computer Science at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET)—is an excellent option for law enforcement officers, computer science-related personnel, business personnel, and others who seek professional development in the high-demand area of cybercrime investigation.
While traditional crime has been on the decline since the 1990s, cybercrime has been on the rise. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), from its inception in 2000 through 2019, there have been 4,883,231 complaints received. In the years since 2015, IC3 reported an average of more than 340,000 complaints annually, with $10.2 billion in financial losses. That is just the tip of the iceberg, however, as some estimate that only 1 in 10 incidents are reported to law enforcement.
With cybercrime occurring globally, and across jurisdictions, the challenges for police are real, as is the need for specialized resources and expertise in cybercrime investigation training. BU MET’s certificate in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity provides practical and essential knowledge of cybercrime and cybersecurity—and as a graduate you are eligible to take the forensic examiner certification exams.
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“The computer and mobile forensic courses in my program certainly added a skill to my toolbox that has allowed me to explore more opportunities in law enforcement and utilize a variety of investigative methods. I was able to expand on those skills and earned my Cellebrite Certified Operator and Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst certificates.”—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 Graduate Study
- Grant-Supported Curriculum: BU MET’s Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity program is the recipient of a grant from the US Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) supporting the Student Computer Forensics and Digital Evidence Educational Opportunities Program—designed to enhance current capacities of law enforcement agencies in the areas of computer forensics and digital evidence.
- 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 Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity 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 Crime Analysis, 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 Ready to Fight Cybercrime
Metropolitan College’s Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity will equip you to:
- Understand various criminological perspectives, including cybercriminals’ mindsets and the motivational factors that contribute to the committing of illegal activities.
- Evaluate enforcement and sanctioning issues particular to the nature of cybercrime, and identify specific problems with the use of new technology in international jurisdiction.
- Formulate criminological strategies for the prevention of cybercrime.
- Comprehend issues around the legal admissibility of digital evidence and recognize various cybercrime environment issues in the course of a cybercrime investigation.
- Exhibit comprehensive knowledge of cybercrime-focused digital forensics and develop the ability to apply digital forensic knowledge to cybercrime cases.
- Use state-of-the-art digital forensic tools of the industry with an adequate degree of proficiency and gain essential preparation for the Digital Forensic Examiner certification exams.
- Understand the process of conducting computer crime investigation and indicating security characteristics, threats, and responses via security measure assessment from technology; policy and practice; and education, training, and awareness dimensions.
- Practice risk management—identification, quantification, response, and control—and disaster recovery procedures and countermeasures for the business enterprise.
You can earn the master’s in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity by completing the Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice and the Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this option.
Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate Curriculum
(Four courses/16 credits)
MET CJ 610 Cybercrime
This course is designed to help students understand and apply the nature of computer crime in the criminal justice field. Several theories (both micro-level and macro-level) will be presented and will be analyzed in depth and applied to computer crime cases both past and present. Students will see how major theories have been re-developed to be applied to computer crime, and by using these theories, students will both develop and explore different strategies for future law enforcement. Students will be presented with common types of fraudulent schemes, as well as several laws that have been enacted and developed specifically for computer crime. In addition, causes, victimization, legal issues, control strategies, and societal costs regarding the "computer-crime" problem will be explored and evaluated. [ 4 cr. ]
MET CJ 710 Applied Digital Forensic Investigation
This course is designed to engage students for conducting successful forensic examinations of digital devices and computer networks with hands-on-experience within the Virtual Security Lab. The course introduces EnCase forensic software, which has received the high acceptance rate in a court of law as an expert witness. The course aims to cover various cybercrime topics and digital forensic investigation practices using digital evidence samples. In the process of learning, students will explore the nature of specific cybercrime and be able to successfully analyze and document the digital evidence related to the crime. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Choi||BRB 122||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
Plus two of the following:
MET CJ 620 Cyberterrorism and Cyber Defense
Cyber-terrorists continuously leverage sophisticated techniques in efforts to attack the nation's critical infrastructures by damaging their functionalities and stealing highly sensitive intellectual property, private information, and valuable assets. This course is designed to explore a new explanatory angle for studying cyberterrorism issues from a cyber- intelligence perspective. Major cyberterrorism cases will be empirically analyzed and applied into a lab environment for gaining hands-on-experience and to develop defensive strategies and counter measures. This course aims to examine three main types of cyberterrorism 1) Information Attacks, 2) Infrastructure Attacks, and 3) Technology Facilitation for building both technical capability and a set of policy recommendations to counter these potential threats. [ 4 cr. ]
MET CJ 632 White-Collar Crime
This course introduces students to the concept of white collar crime as an area of scientific inquiry and theory formation. It critically examines the latest scholarship on the subject by looking at white collar crime through a multiplicity of perspectives and reference points. These range from focus on the offense, offender, legal structure, organizational structure, individual, and organizational behavior, to victimization and guardianship, with special attention on the interaction between these components. The course also assesses the nature, extent, and consequences of white collar crime nationally and internationally. To enhance the understanding of white collar crime in today's Information Technology development, the course will pay special attention to roles of IT including fintech and cryptocurrency connections within white collar crime. It will also introduce rapidly emerging cybercrime issues while discussing various challenges of cybercrime investigation and limited digital forensics tools. Finally, the course examines current criminal justice system efforts at controlling white collar crime. Given the relative ineffectiveness of traditional criminal justice responses, alternative systems of control will be examined, ranging from compliance and regulations, private security, and public opinion, to prevention. Students will visit the websites of various government agencies or professional organizations to explore their functions and their current efforts to fight white collar crimes. Finally, many tangible research- based suggestions will be made regarding actions that organizations and businesses can take to reduce losses accrued due to white collar crime. [ 4 cr. ]
MET CJ 810 Master's Thesis I
Master's Thesis in Criminal Justice [ 4 cr. ]
MET CJ 812 Cybersecurity Capstone
Information systems and data protection continue to be a challenge on a global scale. Devastating cyber-attacks have increased and show no sign of slowing down. This course is designed to enhance the student's capabilities and potential to identify and mitigate cybersecurity threats through the application of relevant threat modeling as well as the application of best practice tools and techniques to reduce the threat to organizations, users, and systems. The course aims to enhance the current capacities of higher education to better serve students of cybersecurity, leading to improved cybercrime investigations and successful prosecutions.
This course is a three-phased approach to educating students in the development of a hacker mindset to better understand adversarial cybersecurity threats, attacks, and techniques.
The three-phased approach for this course includes 1) Cybersecurity Threat Modeling, 2)Cybersecurity Tools and Techniques, and 3) Cybersecurity Practical Exercises. Classroom activities, discussions, and assignments will address all three phases and progressively prepare the student to perform at a high level in a culminating applied final project. [ 4 cr. ]
MET CS 684 Enterprise Cybersecurity Management
|A1||IND||Mukavetz||CAS 326||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|E1||IND||Mukavetz||CAS 326||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET CS 693 Digital Forensics and Investigations
Provides a comprehensive understanding of digital forensics and investigation tools and techniques. Learn what computer forensics and investigation is as a profession and gain an understanding of the overall investigative process. Operating system architectures and disk structures are discussed. Studies how to set up an investigator's office and laboratory, as well as what computer forensic hardware and software tools are available. Other topics covered include importance of digital evidence controls and how to process crime and incident scenes, details of data acquisition, computer forensic analysis, e-mail investigations, image file recovery, investigative report writing, and expert witness requirements. Provides a range of laboratory and hands-on assignments either in solo or in teams. With rapid growth of computer systems and digital data this area has grown in importance. Prereq: Working knowledge of windows computers, including installing and removing software. Access to a PC meeting the minimum system requirements defined in the course syllabus. [ 4 cr. ]
|E1||IND||Arena||MET 122||S||9:00 am – 12:30 pm|
MET CS 694 Mobile Forensics and Security
Overview of mobile forensics investigation techniques and tools. Topics include mobile forensics procedures and principles, related legal issues, mobile platform internals, bypassing passcode, rooting or jailbreaking process, logical and physical acquisition, data recovery and analysis, and reporting. Provides in-depth coverage of both iOS and Android platforms. Laboratory and hands-on exercises using current tools are provided and required. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Zhang||CAS 214||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
Any request for addition or substitution of elective courses requires approval from the department.
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How Much Does This Program Cost?
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.
Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate (Online and On Campus)
|Enrollment Status||Part Time|
|Courses per Semester||2 courses
|Time to Degree||2 semesters
|Fees per Semester*||$60|
|Total Degree Cost*||$15,400|
*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).
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