MS in Criminal Justice: Violence Prevention and Advocacy


Master of Science in Criminal Justice

At the local and especially the domestic level, violence has far-reaching effects that pertain to law and order, healthcare, and the family. Prevention, bringing perpetrators to justice, and caring for and protecting victims requires a wide range of skills relevant to the fields of public health and policy, human services, law, higher education, and community nonprofits. The Violence Prevention and Advocacy concentration will equip you to make a meaningful and personal impact.

The 36 credits of coursework includes:

  • 21 credits of the core M.S. in Criminal Justice curriculum
  • 9 credits of Violence Prevention and Advocacy courses – Theories of Violence and Aggression, Interpersonal and Relationship Violence, and Violence Prevention, Advocacy and Social Change
  • 6 credits of electives in relevant subject areas


Concentration Courses
CJ740 Theories of Violence & Aggression 3
CJ741 Interpersonal & Relationship Violence 3
CJ742 Violence Prevention, Advocacy & CJ Society 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

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

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