Are You Ready to Take on the Challenges of Criminal Justice—and Make a Difference?
In the service of equal justice, the Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) will prepare you to understand age-old issues and navigate the increasingly complex challenges—both tangible and intangible—facing law enforcement, corrections, and the judiciary system.
The realm of crime and its victims is expanding. Digital crimes are on the rise and agencies are struggling to outsmart the perpetrators. Access to massive amounts of crime and intelligence data, much of it generated in real-time, requires expert analysis skills for the entire chain of command. And law enforcement agencies demand fresh vision and skilled leadership to develop accountability systems, build public trust, and ensure evidence-based practices.
Program at a Glance
- Top 4 Online Programs since 2015
- Online and On Campus
- Part-Time or Full-Time Study
- 32 Credits
- 8—16 Months to Completion
- 4 Full-Time Faculty Members
- No GRE/GMAT
- Tuition & Fees—Part-Time Study*: $24,080
*Based on 2023–2024 Boston University tuition and fees. Merit scholarship may reduce cost.
Advance Your Career with a Master’s in Criminal Justice
BU MET’s MS in Criminal Justice gives you the tools to establish evidence-based policies and institute best practices in degree concentration areas such as Crime Analysis, Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity, and Strategic Management. Most importantly, the BU MET master’s degree in Criminal Justice equips you with the critical-thinking skills to approach your work with a well-rounded, informed perspective—opening the door to promotion and specialized career tracks.
Criminal Justice Concentration Options
BU MET’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program offers concentrations in:
You also have the option to complete both the concentrations in Crime Analysis and Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity by completing just ten courses (40 credits). See Dual Concentration for more information.
#3 in 2024, and top 4 since 2015
MET’s online master’s degree in criminal justice is ranked #3 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2024.Learn More
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Criminal Justice Career Outlook
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“The Research and Evaluation Methods (MET CJ 590) and Applied Analytical Methods (MET CJ 591) courses helped me hone my skills in those areas so that I could better serve my office and department. I am up for a promotion with a different department because I have been able to demonstrate my ability to dissect incoming reports, analyze data, identify trends, and make predictions regarding future activity.”—Madeleine Nay (MET’18), Gang Intelligence Technician, Gang Intelligence Operations, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
What Is My Career Outlook as a Graduate of This Program?
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Common job titles include:
- Intelligence Analyst
- Cybersecurity Investigator
- Special Agent
- Criminal Investigator
- Policy Coordinator
Employers seek expertise in:
- Data Analysis
- Performance Management
- Digital Forensics
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Why BU’s Criminal Justice Master’s Has Been Top 4 since 2015
- Active Learning Environment: Benefit from a criminal justice master’s that employs case studies, simulations using real data, and hands-on problem solving to develop practical skills you can immediately apply on the job.
- Career Counseling: MET’s Career Development office and BU’s Center for Career Development offer a variety of job-hunting resources, including one-on-one career counseling by appointment for both online and on-campus students.
- 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 the master’s degree in criminal justice in 1980, which became BU’s first fully online program in 2002.
- Merit Scholarships: US citizens and permanent residents are automatically considered during the application process and nominated based on eligibility. Learn more.
Prepare for the Future of Criminal Justice
The master’s in Criminal Justice at BU MET is designed for professionals who want to enter or advance in the field of criminal justice—or simply gain a deeper understanding of this fascinating discipline and how it intersects with careers in mental health, public health, journalism, and law. Emphasizing practical, insightful, and adaptable knowledge, BU MET’s criminal justice courses develop practical skills that can be immediately applied on the job while informing your career growth for years to come.
In this program, you will learn to analyze criminal behavior, apply principles of leadership in organizational settings, examine theories of social control, and gain an informed perspective of law enforcement, the judicial system, and corrections. BU MET’s Criminal Justice master’s degree will give you a competitive edge whether you plan to enhance your career, teach, apply to law school, or pursue a doctorate.
Graduate with Expertise
Metropolitan College’s Criminal Justice master’s degree will equip you with:
- Advanced knowledge of, 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 the evaluation of criminal justice practices, programs, and policies, and to the etiology of crime in applied settings.
- Competence sufficient to evaluate and resolve the ethical issues in criminal justice practice and implement, manage, and lead organizational changes to prevent or respond effectively to them.
- 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.
BU MET graduate certificate programs can serve as building blocks to a master’s degree. Each certificate shares specific courses with the master’s in Criminal Justice program and its concentrations, giving you the option to take one or two certificates on your path to a master’s degree. 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 email@example.com to learn more about this option.
The following graduate certificate programs can be applied to the master’s degree: Crime Analysis; Criminal Justice; Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity; and Strategic Management in Criminal Justice.
Dual Concentration Option
Students in the MS in Criminal Justice program have the option to complete both the concentrations in Crime Analysis and Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity by completing just two additional courses (for a total of ten courses/40 credits). Along with the four required courses, candidates for the dual concentration would also complete the following:
- MET CJ 610 Cybercrime
- MET CJ 612 Crime and Intelligence Analysis
- MET CJ 620 Cyberterrorism and Cyber Defense
- MET CJ 710 Applied Digital Forensic Investigation
- MET UA 654 GIS and Spatial Analysis
- And one course selected from the list of Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity electives
Connect with a graduate admissions advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this option.
Master's in Criminal Justice Curriculum
A total of 32 credits is required.
(Four courses/16 credits)
MET CJ 570 Criminology and Crime Policy
MET CJ 571 Criminal Justice Administration and Ethics
MET CJ 590 Research and Evaluation Methods
MET CJ 591 Applied Analytical Methods
(Four courses/16 credits)
Students who are not choosing a concentration must select four courses from the following list:
MET CJ 511 Rehabilitation and Re-Integration
MET CJ 512 Sexual Violence
MET CJ 520 Violence and Trauma
MET CJ 531 Youth Crime Problems
MET CJ 610 Cybercrime
MET CJ 612 Crime and Intelligence Analysis
MET CJ 620 Cyberterrorism and Cyber Defense
MET CJ 625 Victimology
MET CJ 632 White-Collar Crime
MET CJ 640 Performance Management Analytics
MET CJ 650 Terrorism
MET CJ 660 Gender and Justice
MET CJ 710 Applied Digital Forensic Investigation
MET CJ 711 Planning and Implementation
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
See concentration pages for related curricula:
Criminal Justice Faculty
Tuition & Financial Assistance
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How Much Does This Program Cost?
BU MET programs offer the flexibility of part-time or full-time study, either on campus or online. Tuition, fees, and total program cost are determined by enrollment status. If you enroll in 1–2 courses (4–8 credits) in a semester, you are charged the part-time per-credit rate. If you enroll in 3–4 courses (12–16 credits) in a semester, you are charged the full-time semester rate.
MS in Criminal Justice (Online and On Campus)
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*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).
***Summer semester enrollment is not required for international students to maintain F-1 visa status. Enrollment in summer semester coursework will expedite completion of program and reduce total program cost.
International students seeking an F-1 visa for on-campus study must enroll full time and demonstrate availability of funds to cover the Estimated Cost of Graduate Study; those who wish to study online may enroll part-time but are not eligible for a visa. Learn more about International Student Tuition & Fees.
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