Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity Concentration

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity allows students to develop competency and practical knowledge, enabling them to work with various issues related to cybercrime. By participating in the program, students will gain insight into cybercriminology and the practical digital investigative knowledge, legal practices, and policies related to cybersecurity risk assessment. In addition, going beyond understanding practical and essential knowledge of cybercrime and cybersecurity, students who successfully complete the concentration are eligible to take the forensic examiner exams.

In addition to the knowledge gained in the MSCJ core, students who complete the Criminal Justice master’s degree concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity will be able to:

  • Understand various criminological perspectives, including cybercriminals’ mindset 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.

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Amelia Pease

MCJ with concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity; expected graduation date January 2019

Amelia Pease
Data Analyst, Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance

The Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity program at MET is a close-knit group of students and professors. Whatever your interests are, the professors will work together to get you on the right path. Your classmates are correction officers, Boston Police officers, domestic violence counselors, parole officers, and international federal agents; getting to work closely with them has been an invaluable experience and left me with a robust network of peers in the field.“

Why did you choose MET for your graduate studies? What set MET apart from other programs you were considering?
No other program in the northeast allows you to combine traditional criminal justice studies with the modern cybercrime and cybersecurity concepts that are being used in the field today. I was able to get hands-on experience with the digital forensic tools that are being used today by police and federal law enforcement throughout the country. That dual structure, allowing me a foundation in criminal justice as well as the chance to apply those traditional concepts to the up-and-coming field of cybersecurity, really stood out to me.