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MS in Criminal Justice: Violence Prevention and Advocacy


Master of Science in Criminal Justice

  • 100%

    Online or Blended format
  • 12-24 months

    Time to Complete
  • $600

    Cost Per Credit

The Violence Prevention and Advocacy concentration equips students to address abuse and violence through avenues that include working with vulnerable populations to strengthen communities, developing local support programs, and participating in the reform of unsuccessful policing or prevention systems.

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

Increase safety. Save lives.
Topics addressed in the Violence Prevention and Advocacy concentration include:

  • Preventing violence and abuse through strategic initiatives and community programming
  • Engaging with local, state, and national policies in the context of combatting violence
  • Identifying and prosecuting perpetrators
  • Protecting and caring for survivors
  • Analyzing patterns of violence and utilizing statistical methods for prevention
  • Acting with respect for class, race, and gender issues
  • Understanding the ethics surrounding confidentiality, legal work, and legislative advocacy

A noble calling
At Lasell, you’ll learn to develop comprehensive strategies and programs focused on effectively preventing and responding to violence of all types. Full-time faculty with rich industry experience will enhance your communication and management skills to advocate – legislatively and otherwise – for those who have suffered abuse, and to aid their recovery. Students are positioned to utilize their learning and previous professional experience to lift up communities at the domestic, local, and state level, resulting in big-picture impact on individual lives. Graduates of the Violence Prevention and Advocacy concentration go on to work and advance in various settings that include schools, healthcare institutions, and police departments, where they make a substantive difference in the lives of those they serve.

Critical skills for critical work
Graduate students at Lasell are respected for their experience and encouraged to optimize their network to make the most out of the concentration. Take a course with the head of community relations for the Middlesex DA’s office, or intern with the Boston Police Department and work with juveniles and abuse survivors. Apply your experience as part of your Capstone, either by conducting an in-depth research project or participating in an internship with a featured course connection. Whether you are newly pursuing work in the field or looking to advance in the field, Lasell will help you enhance your experience and position you to make a positive impact after graduation.

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

Your pathway to a fulfilling future
Graduates in the Violence Prevention and Advocacy concentration pursue work in federal protection agencies, law enforcement, legal work, schools and healthcare institutions, and other related roles. Our graduates are well positioned to succeed in positions that include:

  • Frontline staff in community health work, domestic violence, homeless organizations, and general human service organizations
  • Manager or director in public health fields
  • Title IX administrator on a college campus
  • Administrative arbiter or mediator
  • Independent consultant or trainer for a corporation or non-profit service agency


Concentration Courses
CJ740 Theories of Violence & Aggression 3
CJ741 Interpersonal & Relationship Violence 3
CJ742 Violence Prev, Advocacy, & Social Change 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