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Homeland Security and Global Justice Certificate


Master of Science in Criminal Justice

  • 100%

  • 5 Courses

    5 Credits
  • $600

    Cost Per Credit

The Homeland Security and Global Justice Certificate positions you to play an invaluable role in safeguarding our nation against domestic threats.  The certificate provides preparation in federal law enforcement practices, international justice policy, and collaboration with law enforcement, emergency management, public safety and the military.

Gain the knowledge to succeed in an evolving field

Topics covered with the Homeland Security and Global Justice Certificate include:

  • Deploying sustainable solutions for preventing and investigating, terror-related and cyber-related threats/attacks to national and international security
  • Analysis and understanding of political structures/organization of federal protection agencies
  • Ethically balancing national security priorities and civil liberties
  • Prevention and control of transnational and international crime

Creating a peaceful solution for a rapidly changing world

Interconnected world issues related to Homeland security and international crime are challenging topics that are increasingly becoming more complex. Lasell students benefit from experienced faculty and a multidisciplinary curriculum that will equip you with the knowledge, decision-making, policy development and leadership skills needed to manage these complex problems head-on and to help maintain order in a rapidly changing world.

Securing your Career future

Graduates in the Homeland Security and Global Justice Certificate could pursue work in federal protection agencies, law enforcement, investigative services and other related areas which includes roles such as:

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


CJ730 - Terrorism & Homeland Security

This course provides a critical analysis of the Department of Homeland Security and the political and organizational factors involved in its structure and administration. Students will explore the evolution of homeland security as a concept and a redirection of national policies and priorities, including any related issues and challenges with implementation. Homeland security is a continuously changing field with close connections to numerous academic disciplines and practitioner communities (i.e., law enforcement, emergency management, public safety, the military). This course is designed to draw on insights from these connections as well as useful insights from other areas, such as business, economics and organizational studies, to examine how homeland security strategy and policy creation.

CJ731 - Transnational Crime

This course addresses the nature and scope of international and transnational crime and the emerging legal framework for its prevention and control. The course will emphasize international aspects of the work of different criminal justice agencies, such as formal and informal police cooperation and the use of mutual assistance and extradition agreements, on the international structures created for crime prevention, punishment and control. The course also explores current issues and controversies of transnational crime, international law, and/or human rights. Possible topics include terrorism, genocide, human trafficking, and immigration issues.

CJ732 - Cybercrime & Data Security

In this class, students analyze methods criminals use on the Internet to commit crimes. The course also covers various methods of computer security, complexity and adequacy. In the situation where data is destroyed or stoled, students study methods for creating backup information systems and developing means for recovering data. This class introduces the topic of potential threats to Internet systems and how they could affect the way individuals and companies use and rely on these systems. This course also examines the political, legal and policy aspects of the use of information technologies by governmental organizations

Homeland Security & Global Justice
Major Requirements
Core Courses
CJ730 Terrorism & Homeland Security 3
CJ731 Transnational Crime 3
CJ732 Cybercrime & Data Security 3

The certificate program is structured as follows:

  • 15 credits are required for a graduate certificate
    • 9 required concentration credits (3 courses)
    • 6 elective credits (2 courses)

Students in the Homeland Security and Global Justice Certificate must choose two electives to complete their certificate requirements. Electives can be drawn from:

  • Any courses offered within the Criminal Justice degree program.
  • Specific courses from graduate offerings in Management and Communication approved by the Graduate and Professional Studies in consultation with Criminal Justice faculty. 


Course Schedule

Spring 2020 Courses

Course Number Name Format Instructor
SPRING I: 1/22 - 3/10
CJ732 Cybercrime & Data Security Online Beaudry, Mark
SPRING 2: 3/23 - 5/11
CJ730 Terrorism & Homeland Security Online Duckworth, Neal

Admission Requirements

Candidates seeking admission to Lasell University's Criminal Justice Certificate 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. 

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 with fewer than 3 years of professional work experience.

Contact us:

The Office of Graduate Enrollment
Lasell University
1844 Commonwealth Ave. 
Newton, MA 02466