Online Strategic Management in Criminal Justice Graduate Certificate

The online Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management in Criminal Justice at Boston University’s Metropolitan College offers an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to provide the skills needed to face contemporary criminal justice challenges and lead reforms—not only domestically, but internationally.

Effective leadership in the increasingly complex field of criminal justice requires a strong footing in ethics, business, and analysis, as well as the ability to keep pace with issues that include the realities of terrorism, the emergence of cybercrime, questions of police legitimacy, and stagnant correctional outcomes in terms of recidivism among offenders. The Strategic Management certificate develops valuable skills that enhance the ability to analyze diverse problems and develop sound, sustainable policies that are guided by logic and planning—making it the ideal credential for experienced, mid-career criminal justice professionals who seek to advance into policy-making, upper management, or executive-level positions in their agencies.

Students who complete Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management in Criminal Justice will be able to demonstrate:

  • Familiarity with organizational structures of the criminal justice system and the classical and contemporary theories of organization, planning, and change.
  • The ability to practice criminal justice planning activities such as crime, systems, and legislative analysis.
  • The ability to implement quantitative and qualitative practices that enhance organizational decision-making, evaluation, and accountability.
  • An understanding of the nature of public emergency management and preparedness across public and private jurisdictions.

Honoring Excellence

Nu Mu, Boston University’s chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma’s National Criminal Justice Honor Society, is now online. Check out the new website.

Why Choose BU’s Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management?

  • Four-course certificate program comprises courses shared by the Master of Criminal Justice program, ranked #2 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs (U.S. News & World Report 2018).
  • Students learn from leading criminal justice faculty with extensive field experience and scholarship in policing, the judicial system, and corrections.
  • The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management prepares practitioners for professional roles analyzing complex criminal justice problems and developing sound, sustainable policies that are guided by logic and planning.
  • In the online classroom, students are able to network with a global community of criminal justice professionals.

Meet Dr. Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, one of the faculty members you’ll work with in the Criminal Justice program.

Career Outlook

Information Security Analysts

18% increase in jobs through 2024

$90,120 median annual pay in 2015

 

Forensic Science Technicians

27% increase in jobs through 2024

$56,320 median annual pay in 2015

 

Police and Detectives

4% increase in jobs through 2024

$60,270 median annual pay in 2015

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 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.

Curriculum

Boston University’s Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management in Criminal Justice consists of four required online courses (16 credits).

Coursework from the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management in Criminal Justice can be applied toward the Metropolitan College online Master of Criminal Justice.

Waivers
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 metcorp@bu.edu with information confirming AJA membership.

Those holding the Certified Jail Manager credential (American Jail Association) will be able to waive the following course from the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management for Criminal Justice program: Criminal Justice Administration (MET CJ 831).

*In instances where students wish to take a waived course and forego an elective, decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the department chair in consultation with the criminal justice faculty. Such decisions will be based on the academic merit of the request.

 

Faculty

Donald Byrne

Lecturer, Applied Social Sciences
MBA, Southern New Hampshire University; BA, St. John University

Mary Ellen Mastrorilli

Mary Ellen Mastrorilli

Associate Professor of the Practice of Criminal Justice and Chair ad interim of Applied Sciences;
Faculty Coordinator for the Online Master of Criminal Justice
PhD, Northeastern University; MPA, Suffolk University; BA, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Vladimir Zlatev

Vladimir Zlatev

Associate Professor of the Practice of Administrative Sciences
PhD, MS, BS, Dresden University of Technology

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.