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The digitization of the global economy has brought all manner of increased risks—from bank fraud to vulnerabilities in critical infrastructures. Law enforcement and information security professionals alike need the expertise to prevent and prevail against all variety of online attacks—from ransomware and cybercrime, to cyberterrorism.

BU’s Metropolitan College (MET) has offered criminal justice education since 1973, and has been a leader in the cross-disciplinary field of information security since 2004. Our trailblazing graduate programs in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity (CIC) are designed to help you gain the expertise it takes to make a difference in the cybersecurity field.

BU MET’s master’s degree and graduate certificate programs in information security, digital forensics, cybercrime investigation, and cybersecurity offer insight into legal practices, practical digital investigative knowledge, and policies related to cybersecurity risk assessment. Full-time faculty help students develop their command of both the computer science mechanisms of digital forensics work and evidence retrieval, and the policies and legal principles of criminal justice investigations that must be adhered to in order to make findings count.

With a legacy of grant research and training partnerships with the National Security Agency, Department of Defense, and Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, BU MET’s cybercrime and security programs prioritize getting students real-world experience and opportunities for field training—many CIC program alumni go on to roles in federal law enforcement. BU has been designated a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense and Research by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security, and our IT degrees are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).

#2 in Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Programs

#2 in 2021, and top 4 since 2015

MET’s online master’s degree in criminal justice is ranked #2 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2021.

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#4 in Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Programs for Veterans

#4, Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Programs for Veterans

MET’s online master’s degree in criminal justice is ranked #4 in the nation for veterans and active-duty service members by U.S. News & World Report for 2021.

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#8 in Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology Programs

#8 Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology Programs

MET’s online master’s degrees in computer information technology are ranked #8 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2021.

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#9 in Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology Programs for Veterans

#9 Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology Programs for Veterans

MET’s online master’s degrees in computer information technology are ranked #9 in the nation for veterans and active-duty service members by U.S. News & World Report for 2021.

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A National Center of Academic Excellence

Boston University has been designated a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense and Research by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Our information security programs are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).

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