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MS in Criminal Justice: Self-Designed Option


Master of Science in Criminal Justice

  • 100%

  • 12-24 months

    Time to Complete
  • $600

    Cost Per Credit 

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice: Self-Designed Option gives you the flexibility to design your own concentration, providing an opportunity to identify your passion and develop related expertise within the broad and relevant field of Criminal Justice.

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

Choose your own adventure
Students designing their own concentration customize their learning experience, combining subjects they are passionate about with their previous professional experience in order to meet their goals. Students who pursue the self-designed option can select any elective within the department of Criminal Justice or attain approval to take courses that interest them in other departments.

Boldly determine your future
Graduate students in Criminal Justice at Lasell are deeply committed to their work and to making a difference in the world. The self-designed concentration option will provide you with the opportunity to turn your passion into a satisfying career or an advancement in your field, while leveraging your interests and experience. Full-time faculty with rich and varied professional experience are on hand to provide guidance along the way, ensuring that your self-designed concentration positions you for success in the field of your choice.


Evaluate your passions and enhance your education
At Lasell, you will find that your existing experience and expertise is respected, and you will encounter opportunities to expand your professional network and put your learning into practice. Students who pursue the self-designed concentration in Criminal Justice explore their interests and deepen their knowledge through internships, coursework, and group projects, and design and complete a Capstone project. Perhaps you’ll choose to combine elements of two existing concentrations – such as Homeland Security and Violence Prevention – or supplement your studies of Crises Management with a leadership course within the Management program. No matter which direction you choose, Lasell will support you and help you achieve success.

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
  • Participate in career services programs that include resume-building workshops and webinars on how to develop a career plan
  • Engage with an active alumni community

Your passion. Your pathway.
Graduates who design their own concentration pursue work in a variety of fields related to criminal justice, law, security, and other pertinent areas. Our graduates are passionate, well-rounded, and well-versed in their chosen field, and well-positioned to succeed in a variety of roles within the career paths they choose.


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 2 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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