One of the more extraordinary aspects of modern law enforcement is the growing ability to illuminate patterns and map hotspots of criminal activity using the massive amounts of data generated by a host of evolving technologies—surveillance cameras, mobile devices, social media, email and texts, wearable tech, sensors, and many other sources. As more agencies establish in-house crime analysis units, and as more managers and police units are required to understand data-driven, evidence-based approaches, there are abundant opportunities to make a difference.
With this need in mind, Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) has introduced the Master of Science in Criminal Justice concentration in Crime Analysis and Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis. Available 100% online and taught by MET’s criminal justice faculty—who offer substantial 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—the crime analysis curriculum develops the ability to use and analyze a variety of data sources to inform investigations, strategies, and policy decisions within your criminal justice organization. Once tapped, this wealth of information has the potential to guide a department’s tactical approaches, operational procedures, and strategic planning, while providing ample resources for research and policy development related to criminology and the criminal justice system.
If you have questions, or you’re looking for information about admission and tuition, please contact our graduate admissions advisors at 617-353-9185 or APSSAdmissions@bu.edu.