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
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.
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:
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.
|COURSE CODE||COURSE TITLE||CREDITS|
|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|
Students also choose five other courses to fulfill the electives. Three of the electives must be courses from the Emergency & Crisis Management, Homeland Security & Global Justice or Violence Prevention & Advocacy concentrations. Two of the electives may be additional Criminal Justice courses or approved Communication or Management courses listed below:
|COM701||Communication, Ethics & Society|
|COM709||Negotiations & Conflict Resolution|
|COM762||Communication Strategies for Leaders|
|SPRING MAIN 1/22 - 5/11|
|CJ798||Research Project Capstone||TBA||Bucci, Linda & Weeks, Ed|
|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||Weeks, Ed|
|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|
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 Management, Homeland Security and Global Justice, Violence Prevention and Advocacy, and Criminal Justice: Self-Designed Option.
Admission Requirements Checklist:
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
1844 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02466
Quinn Bill Certified Program
Quinn Bill certification by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. This state program, which was originally enacted in 1970 to foster a more effective criminal justice system, motivates full-time police officers in participating cities and towns to pursue degrees in law enforcement and criminal justice through salary increases.
Tuesday, November 19th @ 6:00 p.m.