Criminal Justice Certificate Programs: Enhance Your Skills

Earn a graduate certificate from a leading research university with top-ranked programs

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  • No GRE/GMAT required

The challenges facing criminal justice professionals are more complex than ever. Gain valuable insight, enhance professional skills, and advance your career in criminal justice with a graduate certificate from Boston University’s Metropolitan College. Graduate certificates are designed to address specific areas of need in the field, and provide focused expertise with just four courses.

Choose from the following online and on-campus certificate programs:

  • Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis (on campus and online)
    Data-driven and intelligence-led approaches to crime have become the standard among contemporary criminal justice organizations. Develop the ability to use and analyze a variety of data sources to inform the investigations, strategies, and policy decisions of criminal justice organizations with the Crime Analysis certificate.
  • Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity (on campus and online)
    With cybercrime occurring globally, and across jurisdictions, the challenges for police are real, as is the need for specialized resources and expertise in cybercrime investigation training. BU MET’s certificate in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity provides practical and essential knowledge of cybercrime and cybersecurity—and as a graduate you are eligible to take the forensic examiner certification exams.
  • Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice (on campus and online)
    This certificate is designed to provide the foundational knowledge of criminal justice needed to face contemporary criminal justice challenges and lead reforms. It combines theory, ethics, and research to prepare students to effectively manage and assess criminal justice policies and programs.
  • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management (on campus and online)
    The certificate in Strategic Management provides a foundation for improved leadership and decision-making skills. Gain a strong footing in ethics, business, and analysis, as well as the ability to keep pace with issues and policies related to the realities of terrorism, the emergence of cybercrime, questions of police legitimacy, and stagnant correctional outcomes in terms of recidivism among offenders.

BU’s Metropolitan College has offered criminal justice education since 1973, and is one of the few institutions across the country to offer graduate programs grounded in the social sciences, but focused largely on cities, urban sociology, and criminal justice. Because MET is focused on practical, insightful, and adaptable knowledge, the tools and skills you learn at MET today can be immediately applied on the job while remaining relevant, useful, and valuable to your career growth for years to come.

Top Reasons Why You Should Consider a Criminal Justice Graduate Certificate at BU

  • Four-course certificate programs, offered in convenient evening or online formats, allow you to balance your education and time with your work/life needs.
  • Students who complete the Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity program are eligible to take forensic examiner exams.
  • Our faculty share your passion for criminal justice and are committed to your success. They bring to the classroom subject-matter expertise, research-based insight, and extensive field experience in policing, cybercrime, the judicial system, and corrections.
  • Throughout your program, you can rely on faculty to provide mentorship via assistantships, academic support, and career advising.
  • Diverse on-campus and online classrooms ensure vital connections with other criminal justice professionals from around the world—networks that can open doors.
  • MET offers comprehensive financial assistance services.
  • Current members of the American Jail Association (AJA) benefit from a waiver of the graduate certificate application fee of $25.

Become an Effective Criminal Justice Leader

Our criminal justice programs are taught by veteran practitioners and educators from all areas of the profession, with experience in policy, cybercrime, law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Whether you are enhancing your law enforcement career, planning for law school or a doctoral program, or considering a future in teaching, the graduate certificate programs in criminal justice at MET will help you gain specific, sought-after skills that will prepare you to excel and advance in your field.

BU’s Metropolitan College also offers a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with concentrations in Crime Analysis, Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity, and Strategic Management.

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