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Boston University is an accredited member of AACSB International-the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
As part of Boston University, Metropolitan College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), one of six nationally recognized accrediting agencies.
Boston University’s Metropolitan College management programs have received accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Program Accreditation System (EPAS).
Boston University’s Metropolitan College’s master’s degree programs in Administrative Studies, Computer Information Systems, and Project Management are accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).
Information Security programs at Metropolitan College are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).
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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.
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Areas of Study
Fully Online Programs
Fully online master’s degree programs in management, computer information systems, criminal justice, and health communication, as well as the undergraduate degree completion program are offered through Metropolitan College - one of Boston University’s 16 degree-granting schools and colleges.
Undergraduate Degree Completion Program (Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Interdisciplinary Studies): When you finish your bachelor’s degree online at Boston University, it’s an accomplishment that delivers immense personal satisfaction. Of course, adding the BU name to your resume also offers recognition and reward of its own.
Whether you want skills you can apply in the workplace or an open inquiry into diverse subject matter, BU’s liberal studies program is a time-tested and relevant way to expand your knowledge base. In as few as 30 months, you can earn a degree that will give you the knowledge, skills, and confidence you seek.
This flexible, challenging program is designed for you to:
- Engage in interdisciplinary learning in the classical and contemporary liberal arts with a detailed study of particular themes and disciplines.
- Develop critical thinking skills through extensive analysis and synthesis of subject matter.
- Acquire rhetorical acumen through writing and discussion.
- Foster active citizenship by applying the liberal arts to the professional and public spheres.
- Pursue learning for learning’s sake.
To apply for the UDCP, you should have completed 52-64 undergraduate credits from an accredited institution.
Master of Criminal Justice: Criminal justice is more than a profession. It’s your life’s purpose. Combine personal integrity with the prestige of earning a Master of Criminal Justice from world-class Boston University, and there’s no telling the impact you can have on lives—starting with your own.
There’s a reason more than 1,000+ criminal justice professionals have chosen Boston University. It’s called leadership. Our Master of Criminal Justice program was the first of its kind to launch online more than 10 years ago. Today, we’re also the largest. Whether you’re motivated by respect, personal satisfaction, or advancement, choose BU to:
- Build new knowledge and develop advanced skills.
- Complete your degree in 10 courses.
- Earn a credential that’s respected in the field.
- Become part of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.
- Gain the opportunity to network with BU students and alumni from the FBI, CIA, DoD, and other agencies worldwide.
Start your application today and prepare to graduate in as few as 20 months. While standardized test scores are not required for admission, you can strengthen your application by submitting results of the GRE.
Master of Science in Banking and Financial Services Management:
The MSBFSM prepares students to develop financial strategies within the financial services industry or any company’s finance department, while balancing the ethical considerations of their decisions. The program’s distinguished instructors bring a wealth of professional and academic experience into the classroom, giving students access to real-world practice through case studies and scenarios.
The MSBFSM program equips you with the necessary tools to understand and manage wealth and risk by offering solid know-how in structuring and utilization of financial instruments in portfolio management context. Today’s level of financial risk is at an all-time high for businesses in every industry. We have developed more risk-mitigating technologies than ever before, and within the MSBFSM program you will be learning how to use these technologies as innovation is only effective if used properly with confidence. Now is the time to learn advanced financial analysis and forward-thinking management principles. Our faculty’s real-world expertise will also teach you how to react inquisitively to current events, in order to determine actionable insights in the changing business environment.
Master of Science in Business Continuity, Security and Risk Management: Risk is ubiquitous, so much so that effectively managing the organization’s exposure to its many and varied manifestations is becoming ever more important, not only to organizational continuity, but also to its ongoing performance.
- Risk Fundamentals
- Enterprise Risk Management Framework
- Risk Management, Mitigation & Transfer
- Measurement, Tracking & Reporting
- Business Continuity Planning
- Catastrophe & Crisis Management
- Compliance, Control & Communication
Master of Science in Computer Information Systems – Six concentrations to choose from:
Keeping pace with the rate of innovation and new technologies is essential for today’s enterprises to remain competitive. In the 21st century, the IT department is a prime battleground for business, and every company is trying to attract and retain top IT talent. Now is the time to earn distinguished credentials through Boston University’s Master of Science in Computer Information Systems fully online program.
We teach today’s top IT professionals how to analyze business problems and discover opportunities through optimal IT solutions. BU’s MSCIS program provides students with expertise in technology and the skills to manage IT throughout the enterprise. This combination sets our program apart and helps our graduates stand out in a competitive workforce.
- Computer Networks Concentration
The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a remarkable 35% increase in career opportunities for network administrators in the computer systems design and related services industry by 2022.
Boston University’s Master of Science in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Computer Networks empowers IT professionals with advanced skills to design, implement, and manage advanced computer networks that are fast, reliable, and secure—particularly to reach mobile customers and the mobile workforce. With BU’s concentration in Computer Networks you can acquire in-depth technical skills in internet applications, protocols, congestion control, and traffic engineering as well as the latest computer network architectures, interfaces, and technologies.
- Database Management & Business Intelligence Concentration
Boston University’s Master of Science in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Database Management & Business Intelligence is continually updated to reflect new and revised best practices and emerging technologies. For example, our courses have long included material on big data databases and analytics, with the opportunity to implement systems using tools such as Hadoop. Learn how to implement data quality and master data management and data governance. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and DB2 database and business intelligence technologies.
Gartner predicts that big data and evidence-based management will create 1.9 million IT jobs in the U.S. by the year 2015. There is a major talent shortage in the industry, and the number of available positions is dramatically outpacing the supply of qualified professionals.
- Health Informatics Concentration
The curriculum promotes hands-on technical proficiency along with the skills needed to manage information technology used in health care. We strive to graduate health informatics professionals who have a broad and strong preparation in information technology and skills in addressing the IT issues specific to health care, such as the privacy mandated by HIPAA and the medical terminology needed to succeed in this demanding field.
According to Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Workforce Survey, 73% of respondents planned to hire IT Full-time equivalent personnel in 2014. However, respondents also cited lack of qualified talent pool as the biggest challenge.
Choose the health informatics concentration and learn from faculty with extensive experience in clinical and research areas of health informatics. With employment opportunities only expected to increase as Federal mandates are put into play, now is the time to earn a top credential in this growing field.
- IT Project Management Concentration
The curriculum focuses on developing forward-thinking management techniques related to planning, organizing, scheduling, and controlling multi-stage projects with a substantial focus on communications, software risk management, and software cost estimation. The coursework prepares students for the PMP® certification, provides depth in the project management areas specific to information technology, and engages students in the hands-on application of managing IT projects.
Boston University’s IT Project Management concentration is accredited by the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center (GAC) for Project Management. By enrolling in BU’s Master of Science in Computer Information Systems program, you will be eligible to participate in the PMP® Exam Prep boot camp.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for IT project managers are expected to increase 50,900 by 2022. Now is the time to choose BU and start the most important project of your life—your career advancement.
- Cybersecurity Concentration
Learn comprehensive security strategy combining tiers of defenses and countermeasures with the goal of preventing significant damage to IT resources. Think beyond perimeter network defenses to the design and implementation of systems that employ layers of security levels to robustly protect against cyber-attacks.
The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security recognize Boston University as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research. Boston University offers a cybersecurity curriculum that covers advanced information security topics relevant to the Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSP) certification and beyond. Boston University’s coursework expands on the common CISSP framework to fully integrate theory, technology, and the management of technology.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 37% increase in IT security job opportunities by 2022. If you’re ready to lead the charge in cybersecurity, choose BU and secure your future in this critical area of IT.
- Web Application Development Concentration
In this concentration you will learn how to develop web applications that interact with databases, using the latest web technologies, HTML5, and the jQuery UI. You can acquire in-depth knowledge and practical skills to develop applications that use PHP, Java, and other server-side technologies.
Come to Boston University and gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge tools, such as Ruby on Rails, AJAX, Flex, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google Web Toolkit (GWT).
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that careers in web application development are expected to increase 22% by 2022. If you strive to become an IT professional who excels in web application development, choose Boston University’s Master of Science in Computer Information Systems and prepare to lead in this rapidly growing area of the IT field.
Master of Science in Health Communication:
Change is sweeping through the health care and communication industries. It’s transforming the way critical information regarding health issues is generated, delivered, and shared. Our program is designed to help you lead that transformation.
In this multidisciplinary program, you will learn:
- Why health communicators are crucial to the media, the public, and the success of organizations.
- How to broaden and deepen your knowledge in health care marketing, public relations, advertising, media relations, and social media.
- How to advance your communication research skills and strengthen your writing abilities.
- Why connected health consumers and interactive media are changing the communications profession.
- How to implement effective communication tactics and strategies that actually work.
- How to deepen and apply your knowledge of the American health care system and health sciences including biology and epidemiology.
Master of Science in Human Resources Management:
The Master of Science in Human Resources Management (MSHRM) fully online program is designed to equip ascending human resources professionals with the high-level perspective and insight to manage the human assets of today’s multinational organization. Designed for experienced HR professionals, students learn to complement their core technical HR skills with a broader managerial perspective in the areas of organizational strategy, change management, workforce development and leadership. The ability to take courses from international partners offers the HR professional an international perspective essential for today’s interconnected and highly global workforce.
In order to qualify for the MSHRM program, students must hold CEBS® designation. Boston University recognizes the CEBS® designation as the equivalent of four graduate-level courses. That means individuals can graduate with a master’s degree from BU after completing eight courses.
Master of Science in Insurance Management:
Today’s insurance managers face ongoing challenges that span legal, ethical, financial, and global concerns. It’s an environment that demands knowledgeable leaders who can think through all the intricacies of modern-day insurance management. Boston University’s Master of Science in Insurance Management (MSIM) online program can help you gain further distinction by complementing your proven industry expertise with forward-thinking management principles in accounting, finance, operations, and leadership.
Students must hold the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters® (CPCU) designation in order to earn this master’s degree. Boston University recognizes the CPCU® as the equivalent of four graduate-level courses. That means individuals can graduate with a master’s degree from BU after completing eight courses.
Master of Science in International Marketing Management:
The Master of Science in International Marketing Management fully online program does not subscribe to the traditional paradigm of marketing that most business programs follow. The ways in which consumers are engaging with products and services has changed, influencing the factors that shape buying decisions, and as a result, the methods marketers employ to reach consumers must change as well.
Today’s marketing managers are expected to lead at an operational level in the rapidly changing economy. That’s why our innovative curriculum blends 21st century topics in e-commerce, web design, and database analysis with a solid marketing core of advertising, research, and promotional skills.
Designed to reflect the global marketplace, this is truly an international program. Every student has the opportunity to interact directly with faculty members and peers enrolled in BU’s partner universities across Latin America, Mexico, and India. For example, students can join MBA candidates currently attending Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM)—ranked by the Financial Times as one of the top 15 business schools in the world—and participate in their management and marketing classes, discussion groups, and projects. Participating students receive transcripts from our international partner universities as well as from Boston University.
Master of Science in Project Management:
Career-oriented professionals choose this specialized master’s program in confidence, knowing that it’s accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Program Accreditation System (EPAS), and the Project Management Institute® (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).
This interdisciplinary program goes beyond the standard project management body of knowledge in course design and instruction. We teach you how to think critically, induce performance, manage ethical and cultural challenges, and respond to unforeseen obstacles that arise during the project life cycle. Anyone can learn how to manage projects on time and within budget. The difference at BU is that students learn how to manage multiple projects and the way they integrate at an enterprise level.