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Master of Criminal Justice

We launched the Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) online program in 2002. Since then, more than 2,000 criminal justice master’s students have earned a specialized education by graduating from our world-class institution. Experience the personal and professional satisfaction that comes with having your resume reflect one of the most trusted names in higher education.

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There are some very exciting things happening in the criminal justice department now at Boston University. We are beginning to develop courses based on faculty expertise. I am very passionate about criminal justice leadership and administration. I’m now beginning to do some work on developing some courses that will expand our course offerings in that area. And the faculty who teach in this program are research-active, they’re accomplished, and they really know their stuff. We really care about student success. We want to see our students do well, and we want to be helpful. We not only have the academic credentials, but we also have the real-world experience as well.

Education is a powerful change agent.
So are highly educated criminal justice professionals.

Boston University offers degrees in 250 fields of study. To get an idea of how much BU values the criminal justice (CJ) profession, consider that the Master of Criminal Justice was the first fully online degree introduced by the University. We brought our academically rigorous CJ degree online more than a decade ago, knowing it would open doors for working law enforcement professionals and advance the profession beyond our borders. Join the ranks of other highly motivated criminal justice professionals who choose BU MCJ and gain access to one of the world’s top universities.

The Coursework in Boston University’s Criminal Justice Program
Whether we’re discussing the need for stronger transnational partnerships or the escalating threats of cybercrime, we challenge you to think critically regarding crime and justice. We teach you how to think strategically about the latest developments in the field, so that you can respond with new ideas that are immediately applicable. Join us and put your BU criminal justice master’s to work.

The Faculty Focus for BU’s Master of Criminal Justice
Our faculty delivers comprehensive course content that affords you the opportunity to gain a broad-based overview of emerging issues and foundational theories. The immersive curriculum is applicable to various segments of criminal justice, supporting a range of career opportunities and making you more marketable in the field. For the criminal justice system to work cohesively, leaders need a vast understanding of all the related roles and responsibilities. You’ll get that level of perspective here.

The Reality of Today’s Criminal Justice Profession
The 21st-century criminal justice system is more interdependent than ever before. Each of the professional areas (cops, courts, corrections) needs a better understanding of one another’s challenges. The strength of our criminal justice master’s curriculum is that we develop well-rounded and well-informed professionals who go on to exercise their decision-making with a refined level of discretion. As the criminal justice system becomes more complex, leaders need an outward perspective that understands the far-reaching implications of every decision.

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Why a Criminal Justice Degree from BU?

The BU MCJ Is Professionally Relevant. Cybercrime is a global threat that impacts every industry. Studies by labor market consultants Burning Glass Technologies show that demand for cybersecurity experts such as network security analysts and cybersecurity investigators increased by 74 percent from 2007 to 2013—a growth rate more than two times faster than IT jobs as a whole. Ideal for law enforcement officers, computer science-related personnel, and business professionals who wish to enhance their expertise in cybercrime investigation and cybersecurity techniques, BU’s MCJ concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity opens the path to great potential.

This is a true BU education. The rigorous coursework for our MCJ degree challenges you to think differently. It can teach you how to develop informed perspectives and apply them to the many facets of the judicial system, law enforcement, and corrections.

You’re earning a BU credential. Upon graduation, you will have added one of the most respected and recognized names in higher education to your resume. As the No. 4 online graduate criminal justice program in the nation (U.S. News & World Report), the Boston University brand can help open the door to incredible career opportunities. Not to mention, you are welcomed into one of the most impressive alumni networks on the planet.

The program is taught by BU faculty. The MCJ faculty who teach our online courses provide the same depth of instruction as the criminal justice courses they teach in the traditional classroom. Each of your BU instructors has extensive real-world experience in addition to academically rigorous backgrounds. Collectively, they are published authors and researchers who have risen to leadership in the field. Though their professional backgrounds are different, our educators are united in our belief that critical thinking skills are paramount in the criminal justice profession.

We are BU. Our main focus is to help you develop critical thinking skills and a leadership mindset. No matter your individual role in the criminal justice system, you can have a profound effect on people’s lives.

Click here to learn why BU’s MCJ is unlike other programs.

Our faculty purposefully delivers a broad education that studies emerging issues and teaches foundational truths. The immersive curriculum is applicable to various segments of criminal justice, supporting a range of career opportunities and making you more marketable in the field. For the criminal justice system to work cohesively, leaders need a vast understanding of all the related roles and responsibilities. You’ll get that level of perspective here.

Tomorrow’s criminal justice leaders work together—even when they live a world apart.
The public’s need for safety will only intensify as our global society becomes more complex and interconnected through technology. In response, a shift has already started from siloed law enforcement to a transnational approach, and it’s making a critical impact on criminal justice leaders. By design, our CJ degree curriculum reflects this trend and lends itself to building transnational partnerships. We attract students from nearly all 50 states and from many foreign countries such as Singapore, Taiwan, Canada, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, and South Korea, among others. Networking is an essential component and key program differentiator.

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Curriculum

Boston University’s criminal justice curriculum delivers a broad yet rigorous academic experience. The strength of our program is unlike that of most criminal justice programs: Our courses are not purely administrative focused. Our faculty continually updates content to deliver a practical program that prepares you for leadership, regardless of your current criminal justice area of focus—because you never know where your career may take you next.

MCJ Curriculum Overview

  • Master the foundational theories of social control.
  • Study emerging issues in law enforcement, the judicial system, and corrections.
  • Deepen your understanding of the psychology of criminal and victim behavior.
  • Learn to use research and data analysis to drive critical decisions.
  • Explore the moral fabric of crime and punishment.
  • Examine the complexities of administering, managing, and leading criminal justice organizations.

Concentrations & Graduate Certificates

Strategic Management in Criminal Justice

Today’s criminal justice agencies are faced with new and complex challenges. They need strategic leaders with the management expertise and analytical skills to confront those challenges. That’s why BU has added a concentration in Strategic Management in Criminal Justice to our #4 ranked Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) online program.

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Boston University’s Metropolitan College recently introduced a new concentration and certificate entitled “Strategic Management in Criminal Justice.” The rationale behind creating the Strategic Management in Criminal Justice certificate and concentration really goes back to the fact that in criminal justice, we can no longer do business the way we’ve been doing it.

We all know that criminal justice is far more complex today than it was ten, fifteen, twenty years ago. It has to do with planning, it has to do with sound decision-making, it has to do with understanding the organization and the environment around the organization; so all of that is part of Strategic Management. So our students will better understand all of the nuts and bolts that go into how to plan policies, programs, and even pilot projects.

Choose the online MCJ with a Strategic Management concentration and prepare to:

  • Advance your understanding of the criminal justice system and focus on current, complex issues within the field.
  • Explore the quantitative and qualitative practices that enhance organizational decision-making, evaluation, and accountability.
  • Study the nature of public emergency management and preparedness across public and private jurisdictions.
  • Practice criminal justice planning activities such as analyzing crime, systems, and legislation.
  • Benefit from an interdisciplinary curriculum that incorporates management courses.
  • If you’re a mid-career criminal justice professional with the drive to influence policy, lead reform, and rise as an executive leader within the field, then Boston University’s MCJ online program with a Strategic Management in Criminal Justice concentration is an ideal choice for you.

    Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity

    The nature of crime is changing in the digital age. The issue of cybercrime and information security is a growing transnational phenomenon. As cybercriminal behavior evolves with the development of technology, employers in both the private and public sectors must ensure the security of sensitive data, thus driving the demand for professionals with specialized knowledge in digital forensics.

    Hear from Professor Kyung-shick Choi, MET’s cybercrime program coordinator, as he addresses how the Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity programs can help professionals develop investigative skills and essential knowledge to combat cybercrime.

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    The Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity Certificate and Concentration allows students to develop competency and practical knowledge in and capacity to work with issues of cybercrime.

    Although many universities are focusing on cybersecurity issues, very few programs offer an interdisciplinary approach in combining criminal justice and cybersecurity, which is crucial to minimize the incidence of cybercrime.

    Attaining proper cybercrime-related training is extremely difficult due to busy schedules of law enforcement officers or IT personnel. But this program is offered online, so they can conveniently take the course and they can easily complete it.

    Cybercrime is a challenging field of study, but opens the path to great potential. If you are working in law enforcement or IT-related field, and are fascinated about technology, and willing to learn new things, you can make a difference with your determination.

    The Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity concentration and graduate certificate are BU’s response. The program offers an interdisciplinary approach that blends the disciplines of criminal justice, computer science, and cybersecurity, which is crucial to minimize the incidence of cybercrime.

    Why choose Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity?

  • Prepare for the EnCase certified Forensic Examiner exam.
  • Acquire hands-on experience reviewing digital evidence and performing risk assessments through virtual security labs.
  • Gain the confidence to become a digital forensics investigator and lead a case.
  • Learn how to apply legal practices to digital crimes.
  • Create cybercrime and cybersecurity policies.
  • If you choose to earn the graduate certificate, your coursework may be applied toward the online Master of Criminal Justice degree program.

    Criminal Justice Courses
    A total of 10 courses (40 credits) is required, as follows:

    • MET CJ 602 Criminology
      This course explores potential answers to complex and important questions about criminal behavior by drawing on the social science of criminology. Criminology is the interdisciplinary study of the development of law, criminal phenomena and societal responses to crime. The primary emphasis of this course will be discussing and evaluating major explanations or theories of crime. Because criminology is interdisciplinary, we will examine theories that are ground in a range of academic perspectives, including sociological, biological, political, psychological and economic explanations for crime. Course lectures and discussions focus on the historical development of the theories, their major assumptions and propositions, their relevance for public policy and practice. As we progress through each explanation for crime, we critically evaluate the validity of different explanations for crime as well as criminal justice policies and practices that they support. [ 4 cr.]
    • MET CJ 625 Victimology
      The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the discipline of victimology, an emerging area of specialization in the field of criminology. Emphasis will focus on crime victims and their plight, the relationships between crime victims and other social groups and institutions, such as the media, business, politicians, special interest groups, and social movements. The issues of Justice and Redress from the perspective of the victim as well as general society will be stressed. An overview of victim prevention programs and victim assistance programs will be presented. Topics such as the Restorative Justice Model, Victim Repayment, and Victim/Offender Mediation will be included in the course content. While the course follows an interdisciplinary approach and is designed for general interest and appeal, it has particular relevance for students drawn from disciplinary interests in the fields of criminal justice, psychology, sociology, education, health care administration, and political science. [ 4 cr.]
    • MET CJ 631 Youth Crime Problems
      Throughout this course, students will analyze the policy issues concerning juvenile justice and youth crime. Emphasis will be put on the scope and nature of youth crime and the young offender, as well as juvenile justice procedures, programs and institutional roles. Over the semester, students will also be asked to consider delinquency prevention programs, violent offenders, dispositional alternatives, and crimes against youth. [ 4 cr.]
    • MET CJ 632 White-Collar Crime
      The purpose of this course is to examine the nature and extent of corporate and white-collar crime, including detection, deterrence, and criminal liability sanctions, as well as, the social and legal changes related to corporate illegality. Students will use case materials which address securities fraud, money “laundering”, professional deviance, and political corruption, in addition to other topics. Students will also analyze policy responses including RICO and other laws, regulations and court processing. [ 4 cr.]
    • MET CJ 650 Terrorism
      This course will include a general introduction to the overt as well as underlying ideology, history, reasons and causes of terrorism. Both domestic and international terrorism will be discussed. Domestic hate groups will also receive particular attention. The roles of politics and the media will be discussed. Students will be exposed to the philosophies of terrorists and terrorism. Counter terrorism will also be discussed at length. Students are expected to participate actively in the course. There will be written assignments, a midterm, a class presentation, and a final paper. [ 4 cr.]
    • MET CJ 701 Crime and Punishment
      Police officers, corrections officers, probation and parole officers, youth service officers, federal law enforcement agents, and court professionals are all called upon on a daily basis to make critical decisions that significantly affect the lives of those entrusted to them. Students in this course will consider applications of ethical actions as they pertain to issues of social justice. Toward that end, we will forge a strong notion of our definition of just what constitutes social justice. [ 4 cr.]
    • Grad Prereq: upper-level or graduate standing.

    • MET CJ 702 Analytical Methods
      This course introduces students to the use of quantitative data in analyzing the criminal justice system. It serves as an introduction to the statistical methods used in applied social science research and furthers students’ understanding of the role statistical analysis plays in planning and policy development. [ 4 cr.]
    • MET CJ 703 Research Methods
      This course introduces students to the practice, theory, and philosophy of social science research, with a special focus on criminal justice. It not only broadens students’ knowledge of the ethical issues associated with research, but also introduces them to a variety of research techniques such as surveys, field research, and experimental designs. Research Methods will lay the foundation for students to become informed “consumers” of research, as well as “producers” of it. [ 4 cr.]
    • MET CJ 720 Trauma and Crisis Intervention
      Trauma and Crisis Intervention examines the psychological impact of trauma on individuals and society. This course will address the important role trauma plays in criminal justice settings, providing a practical understanding of trauma and trauma informed care. This understanding will serve to benefit practitioners in this field. The course will cover key issues in trauma and crisis intervention, addressing both theory and practice. The course examines the social, cultural and political environments in which trauma, trauma research and treatment occur. This course provides an introduction and overview of the field of traumatic stress studies including the nature of trauma, responses to trauma and treatment for disorders of traumatic stress. A variety of traumas will be examined (childhood abuse and neglect, ongoing and complex trauma, interpersonal trauma, international trauma, etc.) In addition, trauma will be explored in a variety of contexts. Students will gain an understanding of the impact of trauma and crisis intervention both within the United States as well as globally. The capacity to foster resilience in survivors as well as the importance of self-care in reducing vicarious trauma will be stressed.

      This course is designed to provide an understanding of trauma and crisis response for students who may work in a variety of criminal justice settings. The course will be geared toward and benefit both mental health practitioners as well as those working in law enforcement and correctional settings. The field of criminal justice more generally is clearly moving toward recognition of the importance of trauma informed care and services. The course will address trauma theory and practice in a practical way. The course will be interactive in nature and derive course work and material from real world examples. [ 4 cr.]

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      Trauma and Crisis Intervention is an elective that engages the topic of trauma in a variety of important ways, particularly related to the field of criminal justice. The approach is really a balance between theoretical and very practical applications that really sits at the intersection of criminal justice and mental health. And explores the complex ways that traumatic stress and experiences of trauma impact the individuals they’re working with but also ourselves. I like to stress in the course the importance of self care and understanding the impact of secondary and vicarious trauma or how trauma experienced through the work we do impacts us. So on a very practical way, understanding that can help us take care of ourselves and as a result be better practitioners.

    • MET CJ 725 Forensic Behavior Analysis
      This course will examine the fascinating world of forensic psychology. It will examine the way in which the law and mental health intersect and forensic psychologists help the court in addressing a variety of cases and issues. The course will explore how expert opinions are formed and provided on a variety of issues including; not guilty by reason of mental illness pleas, competency to stand trial, prediction of future violence, sexual predators; psychopaths, the forcible medication of mentally ill patients, and civil commitment. The difference between sound and “junk” science will be discussed. [ 4 cr.]
    • MET CJ 750 Policing in a Democratic Society
      Police agencies play a critical role in a democratic society. While seeking to maintain order, enforce the law and deliver services effectively, police agencies are held accountable to a wide-variety of values by a number of powerful stakeholders. Police leaders, managers, and other personnel must understand the complexities of the police role in society, the political and legal constraints placed on them in addition to being experts in effective, evidence-based approaches to dealing with crime problems in the community. By applying theory, policy, and evaluation literature to the cutting-edge practices in the field, this course provides students with an advanced understanding in the field of police leadership, management, strategy, and accountability within a democratic society [ 4 cr.]
    • MET CJ 610 Cybercrime
      This course is designed to help students understand and apply the nature of computer crime in the criminal justice field. Several theories (both micro-level and macro-level) will be presented and will be analyzed in depth and applied to computer crime cases both past and present. Students will see how major theories have been re-developed to be applied to computer crime, and by using these theories, students will both develop and explore different strategies for future law enforcement. Students will be presented with common types of fraudulent schemes, as well as several laws that have been enacted and developed specifically for computer crime. In addition, causes, victimization, legal issues, control strategies, and societal costs regarding the “computer-crime” problem will be explored and evaluated. [ 4 cr.]
    • MET CJ 710 Applied Digital Forensic Investigation
      This course is designed to engage students for conducting successful forensic examinations of digital devices and computer networks with hands-on-experience within the Virtual Security Lab. The course introduces EnCase forensic software, which has received the high acceptance rate in a court of law as an expert witness. The course aims to cover various cybercrime topics and digital forensic investigation practices using digital evidence samples. In the process of learning, students will explore the nature of specific cybercrime and be able to successfully analyze and document the digital evidence related to the crime. [4 cr.]
    • MET CJ 711 Criminal Justice Policy and Planning
      This course will introduce you to the concepts of criminal justice policy and planning. You will be introduced to two major theories of planning and apply them to criminal justice settings. Additionally, you will learn the techniques for analyzing problems, developing programs and policies resulting from problem analysis, along with program and policy monitoring and evaluation. [4 credits]
    • MET CJ 831 Criminal Justice Administration
      The challenge of administering, managing, and leading today’s criminal justice organizations is becoming increasingly complicated due to many factors, ranging from terrorism and cybercrime to politicization and privatization. This course provides students with not only a conceptual and theoretical basis on which to manage these complex entities, but also practical approaches to organizational effectiveness, integrity, and innovation. [ 4 cr.]
    • MET CS 693 Digital Forensics and Investigations
      Provides a comprehensive understanding of digital forensics and investigation tools and techniques. Learn what computer forensics and investigation is as a profession and gain an understanding of the overall investigative process. Operating system architectures and disk structures are discussed. Studies how to set up an investigator’s office and laboratory, as well as what computer forensic hardware and software tools are available. Other topics covered include importance of digital evidence controls and how to process crime and incident scenes, details of data acquisition, computer forensic analysis, e-mail investigations, image file recovery, investigative report writing, and expert witness requirements. Provides a range of laboratory and hands-on assignments either in solo or in teams. With rapid growth of computer systems and digital data this area has grown in importance. [ 4 cr.]
    • MET CS 684 IT Security Policies and Procedures
      This course enables IT professional leaders to identify emerging security risks and implement highly secure networks to support organizational goals. Discussion of methodologies for identifying, quantifying, mitigating and controlling risks. Students implement a comprehensive IT risk management plans (RMP) that identify alternate sites for processing mission-critical applications, and techniques to recover infrastructure, systems, networks, data and user access. The course also discusses related topics such as: disaster recovery, handling information security; protection of property, personnel and facilities; protection of sensitive and classified information, privacy issues, and criminal terrorist and hostile activities. [ 4 cr.]
    • MET AD 612 COO-Public Emergency Management
      This course examines emergency management from national, state, local, and family perspectives of prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. The course encompasses knowledge of the specific agencies, organizations, and individual behaviors in emergency management as well as the interlinking partnerships between/among these groups. Areas of discussion include: responsibilities at federal, state, community and individual levels; guidelines and procedures for operations and compliance such as the National response Plan; Incident Command Systems (ICS); exercises; plan development, command, and control; communication; partnership development and maintenance; leadership; and numerous other elements related to effective emergency management. The unique and critical roles of private and public partnerships are reviewed and particular attention is paid to the interplay and interdependency among national, state, community, business (public and private), and the individual. [ 4 cr.]
    • MET AD 715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
      Explores decision making and policy formulation in organizations. Includes goal setting and the planning process, rational models of decision making, evaluation of alternatives, prediction of outcomes, cost-benefit analysis, decision trees, uncertainty and risk assessment, and procedures for evaluation of outcomes. [ 4 cr.]
    • MET AD 642 Project Management
      The course examines the concepts and applied techniques for cost effective management of both long-term development programs and projects. Project management principles and methodology are provided with special focus on planning, controlling, and coordinating individual and group efforts. Key topics of focus include overview of modern project management, organization strategy and project selection, defining a project and developing a project plan and scheduling resources, project risk analysis, work breakdown structures, and project networks. MS Project will be introduced in this course to provide hands-on practical skills with the above topics. Mastery of key tools and concepts introduced in this course provides a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace. [ 4 cr.]
    • MET AD 643 Project Communications Management
      To succeed in project management, you must be a strong leader and an effective communicator. This course examines the current philosophies of leadership as applied to project management and identifies various styles of communication and conflict resolution. Through case studies and various exercises, you will develop enhanced leadership, communication, conflict management, and negotiation skills. [ 4 cr.]
    • Course offerings are subject to change.

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    Rankings, Accreditations & Honors

    U.S. News & World Report
    BU’s MCJ online program is ranked #4 by U.S. News & World Report among Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs.

     

    U.S. News & World Report
    Best Online Programs for Veterans
    The Boston University Master of Criminal Justice online program is ranked #3 by U.S. News & World Report among Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs for Veterans.

     

    Online Learning Consortium Award (formerly Sloan)
    A decade of innovation and unwavering quality led to the Online Learning Consortium Award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education in 2010, an exceptional honor that annually recognizes the most outstanding university trailblazers in online education.

     

    NEASC
    Boston University is proud to be accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

     

    U.S. News & World Report
    BU places 39th in the U.S. News & World Report 2017 rankings of national universities.

     

     
     
     
     

    NSA & DHS
    Boston University is also recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research.

     

    Alpha Phi Sigma
    BU’s MCJ program is recognized by the national criminal justice honor society, Alpha Phi Sigma, for its academic excellence.

     

    USDLA Award
    The U.S. Distance Learning Association honored BU with the 21st Century Best Practices award.

     

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    Learn from Leaders in the Field and Education

    • Full-Time Faculty
      Master of Criminal Justice
    • MET’s Master of Criminal Justice curriculum is taught by full-time faculty who come from a variety of backgrounds to learn and teach. Benefit from their research, work in the field, and network of industry connections. Based on these experts’ collective knowledge, the MCJ program is designed to transcend the current criminal justice system’s silos and narrow views of the three C’s: cops, corrections, and courts.

      Our faculty members lead discussions of emerging trends, and students learn to implement advanced criminal justice concepts, analyze research, and put theory into practice. Every course offers immediate takeaways that are applicable to the student’s current role and future goals.

      Boston University’s faculty includes leading criminal justice experts who have extensive experience as law enforcement officers, corrections experts, attorneys, and investigators. Our small class sizes and ratio of faculty to students allows for greater interaction. This level of individualized attention also helps students build relationships that ultimately expand professional networks and carry over from the classroom to the real world.

      Learn more about our expert Metropolitan College faculty.

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    Criminal Justice Leaders Make More than a Paycheck.
    They Make a Difference.

    Is it in you to lead? There’s something deep within criminal justice professionals that makes them look out for others. If you work in the field, you know a day on the job can change a life forever. The work can be physically demanding and mentally tough. It’s also profoundly honorable. When you combine your personal integrity with the prestige of earning your Master of Criminal Justice degree online from Boston University, there’s no telling what impact you can have on lives—starting with your own.

    Criminal Justice Careers

    Law Enforcement Officers

    Why choose the MCJ program at BU? You go above and beyond the call of duty, even when it means risking your life. You are the definition of a national hero. It’s unfortunate when law enforcement officers are portrayed negatively in the media. Yet you continue to put your life on the line and uphold the honor of the profession. We respect that.

    Your bravery never wavers. In fact, deep down, you feel a strong internal drive to do even more and make a lasting impact in the field. To accomplish this, you need to broaden your perspective of the criminal justice system beyond the narrow views and siloed structures of cops, corrections, and courts. Get started with Boston University’s Master of Criminal Justice online program.

    Click here to learn what you can gain from BU’s MCJ program.

    • Build a strong foundation in criminal justice and learn to articulate research and apply data to drive critical decisions.
    • Prepare for progressive advancement to police chief, commissioner, or other top-ranking law enforcement and homeland security leadership positions.
    • Learn a higher level of critical-thinking, decision-making, and analytical skills to succeed as the head of a department or organization.
    • Expand your professional network by collaborating with faculty and fellow students who hold advanced law enforcement positions around the world.

    You have already mastered the technical skills required in law enforcement. Now here’s an opportunity to build on your experience and expand your intelligence to gain a broader perspective of how the system works, how it’s changing, and what it will take to make a difference in the future. Learn more about our MCJ curriculum and you’ll see it’s designed for active duty law officers who are actively pursuing their goals.

    Corrections Officers

    Why choose the MCJ program at BU? As someone who works in corrections, you face risk on a regular basis. You witness firsthand the effectiveness of rehabilitation versus punishment. You confront complex challenges that span from crisis intervention to gang violence and sexual assault. Now more than ever, forward-thinking leaders are needed to help drive quality correctional outcomes. To make a lasting impact and help rehabilitate offenders, you must look beyond the walls of your correctional facility.

    Are you ready to advance to a position that can drive reform in correctional policy making? To accomplish high-level change in the criminal justice system, you need to think beyond law enforcement. Get started with Boston University’s Master of Criminal Justice online program.

    Click here to learn what you can gain from BU’s MCJ program.

    • Gain a strong foundation in criminal justice and learn to articulate research and apply data to drive critical decisions.
    • Prepare for progressive advancement to Warden, Deputy Warden or other top-ranking leadership positions.
    • Learn a higher level of critical-thinking, decision-making, and analytical skills.
    • Expand your professional network by collaborating with faculty and fellow students who hold advanced positions in corrections around the world.

    Your experience in corrections has given you a strong insider perspective. Become a BU student, and build on your experience to gain an outward perspective of the entire criminal justice system. Explore how evidence-based research can lead to better correctional outcomes, including rehabilitating effectively, reducing recidivism, and ultimately, increasing public safety. It’s what you want. It’s what the world needs. Learn more about our MCJ curriculum and you’ll see it’s designed for working corrections professionals who are working to make a difference.

    The Court Professionals

    Why choose the MCJ program at BU? To you, this is more than a career. This is your civic duty. Though you are an impartial court professional, you are strongly in favor of driving change to help the criminal justice system meet the growing challenges ahead. Today’s judiciary system needs critical-thinking leaders who can apply problem-solving measures in the face of decreasing funding and increasing need.

    Your experience in the courts has given you a strong familiarity with the judicial process. Become a BU criminal justice master’s student, and gain a new perspective on – and appreciation for – the work of the entire criminal justice system. Learn more about our MCJ program and you’ll see it’s designed for third branch professionals who want to do more than serve the courts and do justice to their careers.

    Click here to learn what you can gain from BU’s MCJ program.

    • Gain a strong foundation in criminal justice and learn to leverage research on sentencing-related issues and apply data to drive critical decisions.
    • Prepare for progressive advancement to higher-level policy and law positions.
    • Learn a more sophisticated level of critical-thinking, decision-making, and analytical skills.
    • Expand your professional network by collaborating with faculty and fellow students who hold advanced positions in the judicial system.

    Your experience in corrections has given you a strong insider perspective.  Become a BU student, and build on your experience to gain an outward perspective of the entire criminal justice system. Explore how evidence-based research can lead to better correctional outcomes, including rehabilitating effectively, reducing recidivism, and ultimately, increasing public safety. It’s what you want. It’s what the world needs. Learn more about our MCJ curriculum and you’ll see it’s designed for working corrections professionals who are working to make a difference.

    The Counselors

    Why choose the MCJ program at BU? Your work is inextricably linked to the criminal justice system. Many of your clients and patients are either part of the criminal justice population or impacted by it in some way. You see firsthand how the system can alter lives forever, and you strive to understand the totality of the forces that contribute to criminal behavior in the first place. You work hard to change lives—one of them should be your own. That’s why you belong at BU.

    When you widen your perspective of crime and justice, you have the potential to influence policies and program planning. You can become an informed leader who suggests areas of system-wide improvement, especially as it relates to balancing the need for public safety with the psychosocial needs of victims, and the rehabilitation of offenders with mental health and substance abuse issues. Learn more about our MCJ curriculum and you’ll see it’s designed for motivated human and social services professionals who want to make a greater impact for the greater good.

    Click here to learn what you can gain from BU’s MCJ program.

    • Gain a strong foundation in criminal justice and learn to leverage evidence-based research to influence policies.
    • Prepare for progressive career advancement in the field.
    • Learn a more sophisticated level of critical-thinking, decision-making, and analytical skills.
    • Expand your professional network by collaborating with faculty and fellow students who hold advanced positions as human and social services professionals.

    When you widen your perspective of crime and justice, you have the potential to influence policies and program planning. Become an informed leader who can suggest areas of system-wide improvement, especially as it relates to rehabilitation for offenders with mental health and substance abuse issues. Learn more about our MCJ curriculum and you’ll see it’s designed for motivated human and social services professionals who want to make a greater impact for the greater good.

    The Career Changers

    Why choose the MCJ program at BU? It takes a certain amount of bravery to change careers. This honorable trait will serve you well in the fascinating criminal justice system. There are many rewarding opportunities in various segments of the profession. That’s why entering the field with a broad perspective and foundational knowledge will go a long way toward your marketability. Of course, your desire to make a difference will take you even further.

    Through the Boston University criminal justice program, you will have opportunities to learn emerging trends and network with professionals who are driving them. Though you enter the program as a rookie, you have the opportunity to graduate as a well-rounded, highly informed professional. Demonstrating your intellectual commitment to the field can only make your acceptance and advancement that much more attractive. After all, knowing what’s going on in the field is what makes leaders effective. Get started with Boston University’s Master of Criminal Justice online program.

    Click here to learn what you can gain from BU’s MCJ program.

    • Gain a strong foundation in criminal justice and learn to articulate research and apply data to drive critical decisions.
    • Prepare for progressive advancement and leadership positions.
    • Learn a higher level of critical-thinking, decision-making, and analytical skills.
    • Expand your professional network by collaborating with faculty and fellow students who hold advanced positions in criminal justice around the world.

    We know you’re just getting started, but earning your degree from Boston University is an impressive way to distinguish yourself. Demonstrating your intellectual commitment to the field can only make your acceptance and advancement that much more attractive. After all, knowing what’s going on in the field is what makes leaders effective. Learn more about our MCJ curriculum and you’ll see it’s designed for motivated professionals who want to put the strength of their character to work.

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    Learning and Leading Are Inseparable.
    Just Like Our Grads.

    When you become part of our reputable MCJ program, you’re immersed in a learning environment that expands your competencies and networking opportunities. The main objective of the Master of Criminal Justice program is to drive change in the field by developing leaders with strong critical thinking skills. This is the Boston University difference.

    Our MCJ students learn valuable knowledge from the curriculum. They learn even more from each other. Graduates of the MCJ program have come from various organizations—including the U.S. Military, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, and Homeland Security—so there’s no telling what networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities will arise when you become a BU criminal justice master’s student. Don’t take our word for it—see what our grads have to say.

    • Mark Childers
      Master of Criminal Justice Graduate
    • “I am an agent with the U.S. Secret Service and this particular program has exceeded my expectations. Even though my hours and travel were hectic, the program always met my needs. Further, the instructors as well as the course material were in my opinion, outstanding. I am proud to say that I am a graduate of Boston University.”
    • James Harrington
      Master of Criminal Justice Graduate
    • “I am a detective with a local police department in California. I found the BU MCJ program challenging and rewarding, and am very thankful that a lieutenant from my department recommended this program. A word-of-mouth recommendation from a graduate to prospective students is the best compliment the program could wish for. I am glad that another officer from my department whom I told about the program has been accepted, and will start this fall. This truly is a top notch program, and I am confident that he will be equally impressed and challenged.”
    • Krista London Couture
      Master of Criminal Justice Graduate
    • “Upon the completion of my degree from MET, I was hired to work with the FBI as an analyst. During the interview for the position, I was asked specifically about my academic qualifications. Having a name like Boston University on your resume is a tremendous asset in this field. Also, having this degree has allowed me to pursue other academic opportunities, to include a recent fellowship with the Brookings Institution.”
    • Christopher Kayser
      Master of Criminal Justice Student
    • “I am very impressed by the level of industry and scholarly experience that faculty members bring to the classes. They are clearly experts in their fields, and proud to share their knowledge with those who are interested in learning more about their specialized areas of expertise.”

    MCJ Learning Goals:

    • Expand proficiency in criminal justice administration, policy, and practice.
    • Improve critical thinking skills and writing abilities.
    • Broaden knowledge and refine analytical skills.
    • Gain a multidisciplinary understanding of emerging issues.
    • Prepare for leadership positions.
    • Act as change agents within the criminal justice system.
    • Assess policy issues and provide evidence-based solutions.
    • Analyze criminal justice challenges using disciplined research methods.
    • Prepare for law school, teaching, or pursuing a doctorate.

     

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    How is the Boston University MCJ program designed to drive change in the field of criminal justice?

    It’s called a criminal justice system for a reason. There are many moving parts, perspectives, and shifting priorities at all times. When it comes to crime and justice, managing the complexities takes versatile leaders who are willing to carry out their duties mindfully. That’s why Boston University’s Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) online program pushes professionals like you to think critically about current and future challenges. We help broaden your criminal justice horizons—and it gives you a better view of leadership. Here’s how:

    A Step Beyond Management

    The goal of BU’s MCJ program is not to help you run a department. It’s much bigger than that. We want you to take a step beyond management and elevate your thinking to encourage integrity, innovation, and effectiveness at the local and national levels. We push you to think beyond the rules. Instead of always doing things the “right way,” we challenge you to find the “right solution,” that’s fit for the situation at hand.  Learn to become a criminal justice leader who takes the extra step and thinks it all the way through.

    A Foundation in Research and Data

    To be an effective criminal justice leader, you must continually refine your social conscience in dealing with people. These aren’t business decisions you’re making. People’s lives often hang in the balance. This is serious work. Though your instincts may be strong, you cannot rely on a gut-check alone to influence policy and lawmaking. You need evidence-based research. BU’s MCJ program teaches you how to analyze important data to make the best decisions. You will learn the importance of implementing programs that can be evaluated, measured, and adjusted. Our faculty will teach you how learning these foundational methods can make an impact.

    An Eye for the Future

    The MCJ program is rooted in theory. But it doesn’t stop there. Course content is rigorous and draws on the serious scholarship of various faculty experiences. It’s also frequently updated to align with current events and address the emerging trends of tomorrow. From building transnational partnerships to solving cybercrimes, students participate in robust discussions about present day challenges and future concerns. To instill a forward-thinking mindset, we do not limit our curriculum to the traditional paradigms of criminal behavior. Students gain a deeper understanding of the evolving sophistication and complexity of modern-day crime. In this new reality, the importance of inter-agency collaboration and partnership cannot be understated. Our program teaches future criminal justice leaders to drive change today by keeping an eye on tomorrow.

    Why earn your MCJ from Boston University?

    Today’s criminal justice professionals face unprecedented challenges. Around the world, communities are impacted by struggling economies, escalating fraud, technology advancements, shifting populations, political scandals, terror plots, cyber threats, and the list goes on and on. All of these changes place new workplace demands on criminal justice leaders. Get the expansive sociological knowledge you need to become a leader in the complex and rapidly evolving field.

    Our MCJ degree can give you a new perspective. It’s called leadership.

    BU’s MCJ program teaches you to navigate the complexities of crime and justice by changing your vantage point. Our curriculum is designed to give you a better view of the entire system, so you can express an informed perspective in whatever role you play. Learn to become a well-rounded resource and colleagues will pay attention to what you have to say. They will follow your lead. That’s why our program is designed for you to learn a breadth of knowledge that spans the full-spectrum of the system. With all the changes, such a broad viewpoint is more important than ever before.

    Tomorrow’s criminal justice leaders work together—even when they live a world apart.

    The public’s plea for safety will only intensify as our global society becomes more complex and interconnected through technology. In response, a shift has already started from divided departments to a transnational approach, and it’s making a critical impact on criminal justice leaders. By design, our program reflects this trend and lends itself to building transnational partnerships. We attract students from nearly all 50 states and from many foreign countries such as Singapore, Taiwan, Canada, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Malta, Kosovo, Kenya, and South Korea, among others. Networking is an essential component and key program differentiator.

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