MS in Criminal Justice: Emergency and Crisis Management


Master of Science in Criminal Justice

  • 100%

  • 12-24 months

    Time to Complete
  • $600

    Cost Per Credit

The Emergency and Crisis Management concentration prepares students in conflict resolution and hazard mitigation, equipping graduates with the necessary skills to plan and respond to natural disasters, threats against public safety, and unexpected events of all types.

A convenient, flexible approach

  • 36 credits of coursework: 21 credits in the core program curriculum; 9 credits of concentration-specific courses; 6 credits of electives; Capstone project
  • Quinn bill certified

Prepare and respond: Courses built for crises
Topics addressed in the Emergency and Crisis Management concentration include:

  • Communicating strategy and recovery operations in the wake of a crisis
  • Effectively planning for a variety of crises, including natural or man-made disasters, infrastructure failures, and terror-related events
  • Contextualizing local and national policy when preparing and coordinating responses
  • Managing and leading response teams and negotiations
  • Understanding the ethical challenges associated with emergency response and disaster recovery

Vital preparation for the unique challenges of the modern world
Protecting the public requires leaders who understand how to effectively plan for the unexpected and respond in the wake of disaster. The Emergency and Crisis Management concentration prepares just that type of leader through a curriculum that emphasizes communication, conflict resolution, and criminal justice policy, enabling students to face the future of disaster response head-on. Whether your goal is to advance in the field, or pursue a new direction in your career, you’ll be prepared for all that comes your way.

Personalized, immersive learning
Classes are capped at 23 students, allowing for direct access to full-time faculty, dedicated advisors, and hands-on learning. At Lasell, your professional experience and expertise are respected and rewarded; through targeted internship opportunities with municipal police departments, crisis communication firms, and government agencies, you can make valuable contacts and enhance your skills in the field. Your Capstone experience will put theory into practice and help you to gain a deeper understanding of how to respond when tensions are high and time is tight.

Career advancement
Thanks to a vibrant community of working professionals and a wide range of available services, graduate students are positioned to develop their expertise and advance their career. As a Lasell graduate student you will have the opportunity to:

  • Benefit from the experience of your faculty and peers, who bring deep expertise and a unique point of view to every class discussion and group project
  • Expand your network and learn to position yourself as a leader in your field
  • Engage with an active alumni community
  • Participate in career services programs that include resume-building workshops and webinars on how to develop a career plan

Preparation rewarded
Graduates in the Emergency and Crisis Management concentration are well positioned to succeed in roles such as:

  • Police officer
  • FBI agent
  • Loss prevention manager
  • Security analyst
  • Security operations manager
  • Environmental Protection Agency agent


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
CJ720 Crisis & Emergency Management 3
CJ721 Risk Management & Planning 3
COM722 Crisis Communication 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 2019

Course Number Name Format Instructor
FALL MAIN: 9/9 - 12/20
CJ798 Research Project Capstone (Prereq: CJ709 Lecture, Min Grade: B- Min Credits: 3.00, and  Instructor Permission from: Ms. Linda Bucci) TBA Bucci, Linda - Weeks, Edward
CJ799 Internship TBA Bucci, Linda
FALL 1: 9/9 - 10/29
CJ701 The Criminal Justice System & Process Online Abbott, Sarah
CJ701 The Criminal Justice System & Process Online TBA
CJ705 A Criminal Justice Leadership & Management Online Beaudry, Mark
CJ705 B Criminal Justice Leadership & Management Online TBA
CJ721 Risk Management & Planning Online Beaudry, Mark
CJ741 Interpersonal & Relationship Violence Online TBA
FALL 2: 10/30-12/18
CJ702 Critical Legal Issues in Crim
Online TBA
CJ703 Advanced Criminological Thought Online Abbott, Sarah
CJ704 Ethical Theory & Criminal Justice
Online Weeks, Edward
CJ731 Transnational Crime Online Beaudry, Mark

Admission Requirements

Candidates seeking admission to Lasell University'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 University
1844 Commonwealth Ave. 
Newton, MA 02466

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