MS in Criminal Justice: Self-Designed Option


Master of Science in Criminal Justice

As criminal justice is a subject so broad, and with such an urgent need of dedicated, skilled professionals, Lasell offers students the opportunity to design their own concentration in whatever aspect of the field they are most passionate about. A faculty advisor will work closely with you as you customize the M.S. in Criminal Justice degree program to your specific career goals and needs.

The 36 credits of coursework includes:

  • 21 credits of the core MS in Criminal Justice curriculum
  • 9 credits of Criminal Justice courses that must be approved by faculty
  • 6 credits of electives in relevant subject areas


Category 1 Choose 5
CJ720 Crisis & Emergency Management 3
CJ721 Risk Management & Planning 3
CJ730 Terrorism & Homeland Security 3
CJ731 Transnational Crime 3
CJ732 Cybercrime & Data Security 3
CJ740 Theories of Violence & Aggression 3
CJ741 Interpersonal & Relationship Violence 3
CJ750 Global Criminal Justice Systems 3
CJ751 Victimology 3
CJ752 Cls, Race, Ethic & Gender Issues in CJ 3
COM709 Negotiations & Conflict Resolution 3
COM722 Crisis Communication 3
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
Choose 1 from the following:
CJ798 Research Project Capstone 3
CJ799 Internship 3

Students also choose five other courses from the Emergency & Crisis Management, Homeland Security & Global Justice or Violence Prevention & Advocacy concentrations and/or elective courses

Students in the Self-Designed concentration can choose courses from the three other concentrations or the elective courses listed below:

  • 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

Spring 2017

Spring Session I, 1/17-3/7
Spring Session II, 3/21-5/9
Course NumberNameFormatInstructorDay/TimeSession Dates
CJ 709 Research Methods & Statistical Analysis Online Weeks, Edward Session I 1/17 - 3/7
CJ 732 Cybercrime & Data Security Online Beaudry, Mark Session I 1/17 - 3/7
CJ 705 Criminal Justice Leadership & Management Online Bissonnette, Lynn Session II 3/21 - 5/9
CJ 742 Violence Prev, Advocacy, & CJ Society Online Macmaster, Shawn Session II 3/21 - 5/9

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 students whose native language is English or students who have successfully completed 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