MS in Criminal Justice: Homeland Security and Global Justice


Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Perhaps the defining global threat to peace and security in the 21st century, terrorism and international crime and conflict are exceptionally timely, complex problems. Equipped with a degree in Homeland Security and Global Justice, you will contribute to a sustainable solution. Your coursework will include terrorism studies, international law and policy, and security issues. You will learn about preventing and investigating physical and cyber attacks, combating cross-border criminal networks, and marshaling the resources needed to protect local and national assets.

The 36 credits of coursework includes:

  • 21 credits of the core M.S. in Criminal Justice curriculum
  • 9 credits of Homeland Security and Global Justice courses – Terrorism and Homeland Security, Transnational Crime, and Cybercrime and Data Security
  • 6 credits of electives in relevant subject areas


Core Courses
CJ701 The Criminal Justice System & Process 3
CJ702 Critical Legal Issues in Crim Justice 3
CJ703 Advanced Criminological Thought 3
CJ704 Ethical Theory & Criminal Justice Policy 3
CJ705 Criminal Justice Leadership & Management 3
CJ709 Research Methods & Statistical Analysis 3
Concentration Courses
CJ730 Terrorism & Homeland Security 3
CJ731 Transnational Crime 3
CJ732 Cybercrime & Data Security 3
Choose 1 from the following:
CJ798 Research Project Capstone 3
CJ799 Internship 3

Choose two electives:

  • CJ750         Global Criminal Justice Systems (3 credits)
  • CJ751         Victimology (3 credits)
  • CJ752         Class, Race, Ethnic and Gender Issues in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • COM709     Strategies for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3 credits) 

Students in the M.S. in Criminal Justice must choose two electives to complete their degree requirements.  Electives can be drawn from:

  • Any courses offered within the Criminal Justice degree program outside of core and your specific concentration requirements
  • Specific courses from graduate offerings in Management and Communication approved by the Chair of Justice Studies  

Course Schedule

FALL 2017

Main Session, 9/5 - 12/15
Fall Session I, 9/5 - 10/24
Fall Session II, 10/25 - 12/13

Criminal Justice Courses

Course NumberNameFormatInstructorDay/TimeSession Dates
CJ 798 Research Project Capstone Online TBA Main Session 9/5 - 12/15
CJ 701 The Criminal Justice System & Process Online TBA Session I 9/5 - 10/24
CJ 721 Risk Management & Planning Online TBA Session I 9/5 - 10/24
CJ 741 Interpersonal & Relationship Violence Online TBA Session I 9/5 - 10/24
CJ 703 Advanced Criminological Thought Online TBA Session II 10/25 - 12/13
CJ 731 Transnational Crime Online TBA Session II 10/25 - 12/13

Admission Requirements

Candidates seeking admission to Lasell College's Criminal Justice graduate degree must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and demonstrate through academic background and/or work experience the ability to succeed in graduate studies. GRE/GMAT scores are not required for admission.  The TOEFL may be waived for international applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand or Canada. All other applicants must submit a TOEFL/IELTS score.

Lasell's Criminal Justice graduate degree program offers three concentrations: Emergency and Crisis ManagementHomeland Security and Global JusticeViolence Prevention and Advocacy, and Criminal Justice: Self-Designed Option.

Admission Requirements Checklist:

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcripts of all college-level coursework *
  3. Two professional letters of recommendation from either faculty or employers
  4. A one page personal statement describing your goals, strengths and potential for achievement in graduate school
  5. Resume

A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is recommended for recent college graduates withfewer than 3 years of professional work experience.*

Materials should be addressed to:

The Office of Graduate Enrollment
Lasell College
1844 Commonwealth Ave. 
Newton, MA 02466