#4 Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs

Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity Master’s Concentration: Gain Digital Investigation Expertise

Earn a master’s degree in criminal justice from a leading research university with top-ranked programs

  • Evenings on campus
  • Online
  • Part-time or full-time
  • No GRE/GMAT required

While traditional crime has been on the decline since the 1990s, cybercrime has been on the rise. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), from its inception in 2000 through 2019, there have been 4,883,231 complaints received. In the years since 2015, IC3 reported an average of more than 340,000 complaints annually, with $10.2 billion in financial losses. That is just the tip of the iceberg, however, as some estimate that only 1 in 10 incidents are reported to law enforcement.

Prepare for opportunities in the field with a master’s degree from Boston University. Gain deep, practical insight into cybercriminology and the legal practices, practical digital investigative knowledge, and policies related to cybersecurity risk assessment with the following graduate degree program:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice (on campus and online)
    Concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity

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 BU’s Cybercrime Investigation Master’s

  • The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice is ranked #4 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs, 2022 (U.S. News & World Report).
  • Interdisciplinary program includes criminal justice courses and computer science courses that are part of Metropolitan College’s Information Security programs, certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).
  • Students who complete the program are eligible to take forensic examiner exams.
  • Convenient evening or online formats allow you to balance your education and time with your work/life needs.
  • MET offers merit scholarships to help finance your degree.
  • 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.
  • Current members of the American Jail Association (AJA) benefit from a waiver of the graduate degree application fee of $85.

Become an Effective Criminal Justice Leader

With courses in cybercrime, digital forensics and applied digital forensic investigation, and IT security policies and procedures, the master’s concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity will prepare you to excel and advance in a field with increasingly complex challenges.

BU’s Metropolitan College also offers a Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity as well as Master of Science in Criminal Justice concentrations in Crime Analysis and Strategic Management, and graduate certificates in Criminal Justice, Crime Analysis, and Strategic Management.

NECHE LogoBoston University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

CNSS LogoInformation Security programs at Metropolitan College are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).