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Master of Science in Criminal Justice Boston University




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Offered on campus or online, the Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program is designed for those who want to enter or advance in the field of criminal justice, or who seek a deeper understanding of crime and justice for application in related fields. A Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Boston University’s Metropolitan College will give you a competitive edge, whether you plan to enhance your career, teach, apply to law school, or pursue a doctorate. Ever-evolving and often misunderstood, crime and justice issues are complex and important areas of public policy. In your coursework, you will analyze criminal behavior, apply principles of leadership in organizational settings, learn theories of social control, and gain an informed perspective of law enforcement, the judicial system, and corrections. Students in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program have the option of choosing a concentration in Crime Analysis, Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity, or Strategic Management.

Students who complete the Master of Science in Criminal Justice will be able to demonstrate: Advanced knowledge of and ability to evaluate criminological and criminal justice theories and their implications for public policy and practice; Proficiency in research design and quantitative and qualitative analysis related to evaluation of criminal justice practices, programs, and policies, and to the etiology of crime in applied settings; Competence sufficient to evaluate and resolve the ethical issues in criminal justice practice and implement, manage, and lead organizational changes to prevent or respond effectively to them.

Additionally, students concentrating in Crime Analysis will be able to: Understand the wide variety of data sources available for crime and intelligence analysis, including data collection methods, 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.

Additionally, students concentrating in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity will be able to: Understand various criminological perspectives, including cybercriminals’ mindset and the motivational factors that contribute to the committing of illegal activities; Evaluate enforcement and sanctioning issues particular to the nature of cybercrime and identify specific problems with the use of new technology in international jurisdiction; Formulate criminological strategies for the prevention of cybercrime; Comprehend issues around the legal admissibility of digital evidence and recognize various cybercrime environment issues in the course of a cybercrime investigation; Exhibit comprehensive knowledge of cybercrime-focused digital forensics and develop the ability to apply digital forensic knowledge to cybercrime cases.

Additionally, students concentrating in Strategic Management will be able to demonstrate: Familiarity with organizational structures of the criminal justice system along with the classical and contemporary theories of organization, planning, and change; The ability to learn and apply planning skills related to criminal justice policymaking and program design; Knowledge of policy monitoring and program evaluation techniques; Proficient comprehension of quantitative and qualitative practices that enhance organizational decision-making, evaluation, and accountability.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Science in Criminal Justice.

Full Time (32 credits)

Tuition fees

$54,720.00 (40,10,943) per year


21 Jan, 20 May, 02 Sep


Metropolitan College

1010 Commonwealth Avenue, 3rd Floor,



02215, United States

Online/Distance (32 credits)

Tuition fees

$54,720.00 (40,10,943) per year


21 Jan, 20 May, 02 Sep


Boston University

233 Bay State Road,



02215, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants to master’s degree and graduate certificate programs must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (or the international equivalent) prior to enrollment.

English proficiency

Unless otherwise indicated by the department/program to which you are applying, the minimum total internet-based TOEFL score is 84, with minimum scores in each section as follows: Reading—21; Listening—18; Speaking—23; Writing—22.

The minimum total band score of 6.5 is required for admission to Metropolitan College, along with scores of 6.5 in each section: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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