Online Crime Analysis Graduate Certificate

The online Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis at Boston University’s Metropolitan College provides students with a set of courses that develops their ability to use and analyze a variety of data sources to inform the investigations, strategies, and policy decisions of criminal justice organizations. This set of skills is crucial to a growing field within law enforcement and related domains in criminal justice. Data-driven and intelligence-led approaches to crime have become the standard among contemporary criminal justice organizations. The certificate prepares students to fill in-house crime analyst roles or similar positions, while strengthening the skills of students working in investigations, management, and operations to utilize analysis more effectively.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis will be able to:

  • Understand the wide variety of data sources available for crime and intelligence analysis, including the methods of data collection, uses, strengths, and limitations.
  • Prepare different sources of data for analysis (e.g. data reorganization, matching) for use in analysis processes.
  • Conduct analysis using a variety of different techniques, including mapping and spatial analysis and other advanced techniques.
  • Incorporate analyses into effective written and oral reports that are useful to investigation, strategy, and policy decisions within law enforcement organizations.
  • Comprehend the ethical and legal rules and values that govern crime analysis within law enforcement organizations operating in a democratic society.
  • Inform effective data-driven or intelligence-led investigations, strategies, and policies based on awareness of contemporary law enforcement and security approaches.

Why Choose BU’s Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis?

  • Four-course certificate program comprises courses shared by the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program, ranked #3 among the Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Programs of 2024 (U.S. News & World Report). The program has been in the top 4 since 2015.
  • Students learn from leading criminal justice faculty with extensive field experience and scholarship in policing, the judicial system, and corrections.
  • In the online classroom, students are able to network with a global community of criminal justice professionals.

Meet Dr. Shea Cronin, one of the faculty members you’ll work with in the Criminal Justice program.

Career Outlook

Intelligence Analysts

5–9% increase in jobs through 2026

$81,920 median annual pay in 2018

Information Security Analysts

28% increase in jobs through 2026

$95,510 median annual pay in 2017

First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

5–9% increase in jobs through 2026

$89,030 median annual pay 2018

Criminal Investigators and Special Agents

5–9% increase in jobs through 2026

$81,920 median annual pay in 2018

Forensic Examiners

10% increase in jobs through 2026

$80,180 median annual pay in 2018

Police and Detectives

7% increase in jobs through 2026

$62,960 median annual pay in 2017

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2017-18 Edition

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.


Boston University’s Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis consists of four required online courses (16 credits).

Coursework from the Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis can be applied toward the Boston University Metropolitan College Master of Science in Criminal Justice.

Current members of the American Jail Association (AJA) are eligible for a Graduate Application fee waiver ($25 for applications to the graduate certificate), and should email with information confirming AJA membership.


Shea W. Cronin

Shea W. Cronin

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Chair, Applied Social Sciences
PhD, American University; BS, Northeastern University

Kyung-shick Choi

Kyung-shick Choi

Professor of the Practice
Director, Cybercrime and Cybersecurity
PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; MS, Boston University; BS, Northeastern University

Danielle M. Rousseau

Danielle Rousseau

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
PhD, Northeastern University; MA, University of Denver; BA, University of Vermont

Danielle M. Rousseau

Jim Silver

Associate Professor of the Practice, Criminal Justice
PhD, University of Massachusetts Lowell
JD, Harvard Law School
BA, University of Notre Dame

Getting Started

To learn more or to contact an enrollment advisor before you get started, request information using the button below and tell us a little about yourself. Someone will be in touch to answer any questions you may have about the program and detail the next steps in earning your degree. You can also start your application or register for a course at Metropolitan College.