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MS in Criminal Justice: Homeland Security and Global Justice


Master of Science in Criminal Justice

  • 100%

  • 12-24 months

    Time to Complete
  • $600

    Cost Per Credit

The Homeland Security and Global Justice concentration provides robust preparation in federal law enforcement practices and international justice policy, positioning students to play invaluable roles in the essential work of safeguarding our nation.

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
  • Affordable 8 or 16-week modules
  • Quinn bill certified

Gain the knowledge to succeed in an evolving field
Topics addressed in the Homeland Security and Global Justice concentration include:

  • Preparing and responding to terror-related threats to national and international security
  • Understanding the organizational and political structures of federal protection agencies
  • Ethically balancing national security priorities and civil liberties
  • Deploying sustainable solutions for preventing and investigating physical and cyber attacks
  • Managing and leading diverse, international teams
  • Appropriately applying national and international policies when assessing and responding to security threats

Problem-solving for a more peaceful world
Homeland security and international crime are challenging topics – and issues related to these fields only grow more complex as the world becomes increasingly interconnected. Lasell offers a rigorous curriculum that will ready you to face these difficulties head-on, and to help maintain order in a rapidly changing world.

Personalized and comprehensive learning
All Lasell classes are capped at 23 students, giving graduate students the chance to work closely with faculty on projects and coursework, and to optimize your industry connections in fields like transportation security or federal law enforcement. Beyond the classroom, you can put these lessons into action during a Capstone experience, and participate in speaking events and workshops that promote responsible citizenship sponsored by the Nancy Lawson Donahue '49 Institute for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion. In the Homeland Security and Global Justice concentration, you will be engaged, challenged, and motivated by a talented group of faculty and peers, ultimately gaining the necessary foundation to assume a leadership role in the field.

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

Securing our future
Graduates in the Homeland Security and Global Justice concentration pursue work in federal protection agencies, law enforcement, investigative services and other related areas. Our graduates are well positioned to succeed in roles that include:

  • U.S. Marshal
  • FBI agent
  • Agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
  • Border Patrol agent
  • US Customs agent
  • Transportation security agent


Concentration Courses
CJ730 Terrorism & Homeland Security 3
CJ731 Transnational Crime 3
CJ732 Cybercrime & Data Security 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:

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

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Spring 2020 Courses

Course Number Name Format Instructor
SPRING MAIN 1/22 - 5/11
CJ798 Research Project Capstone TBA Bucci, Linda & Weeks, Ed
CJ799 Internship TBA Bucci, Linda
SPRING I: 1/22 - 3/10
CJ701 The Criminal Justice System & Process Online Abbott, Sarah
CJ702 Critical Legal Issues in Crim Justice Online DeBole, Paul
CJ705 Criminal Justice Leadership & Management Online Beaudry, Mark
CJ709 Research Methods & Statistical Analysis Online Zawisza, Tom
CJ732 Cybercrime & Data Security Online Beaudry, Mark
CJ740 Theories of Violence & Aggression Online MacMaster, Shawn
SPRING 2: 3/23 - 5/11
CJ703 Advanced Criminological Thought Online Abbott, Sarah
CJ704 Ethical Theory & Criminal Justice Policy Online Wallace, Kellie
CJ706 Advanced Applied Forensics Online Farrah, Kim
CJ709 Research Methods & Statistical Analysis Online Zawisza, Tom
CJ730 Terrorism & Homeland Security Online Duckworth, Neal
CJ751 Victimology Online Weeks, Ed

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. A one page personal statement describing your goals, strengths and potential for achievement in graduate school
  4. 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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