About BU

About Boston University

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 schools and colleges, along with a number of multidisciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the University’s research and teaching mission.

Boston University was founded on the ideals that it would be one of the first all-inclusive universities as well as a leading private research and teaching institution. Boston University celebrates its diversity by carrying the exclusive title of being the first university to open all its divisions to female students in 1872 and the first coeducational medical college in the world in 1873. The University proudly lists Martin Luther King, Jr. among distinguished alumni, as well as  the first woman to earn a PhD, the first woman admitted to the bar in Massachusetts, the first Native American graduate with a doctorate in medicine, and the first African-American psychiatrist in the nation.

Boston University is the fourth largest private university in the United States and was recently ranked by Times Higher Education as one of the top 100 universities in the world.

About Metropolitan College
Metropolitan College, one of Boston University’s 17 degree-granting schools and colleges, was established in 1965. The College demonstrates excellence in teaching and research, with over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, offered full-time and part-time in convenient evening, online, and blended formats. There are nearly 30,000 Metropolitan College alumni worldwide.

About Department of Applied Social Sciences
The College’s Applied Social Sciences department responds to the education needs of a diverse student body by designing and providing practically focused yet rigorous academic programs. The department’s mission is to prepare students to think critically and strategically about the full spectrum of challenges related to managing urban communities. Metropolitan College is one of the few institutions in the country to offer graduate programs grounded in the social sciences, but focused largely on cities, urban sociology, and criminal justice.

Why Choose Boston University?

Discover what makes Boston University’s MCJ one of the most respected programs in the field of criminal justice.

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Accreditations, Rankings & Honors

The MCJ program at BU is a highly regarded, award-winning educational experience. Here’s proof.

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The BU Community Online

There are many distinctive traits of BU. But perhaps what we’re most proud about is our unrelenting focus on community and student support.

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Message from the Chair

BU launched the first online MCJ program nationwide. Meet the man who started it all.

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Benefits of Online Learning

Learn how the MCJ program is designed for working professionals and structured around four learning environments: Internet, Home, Small Groups, and Work.

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This section is where you can learn more about the BU online experience directly from our students.

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