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Violence Prevention and Advocacy Certificate


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  • 100%

    Online or Blended format
  • 5 Courses 

    15 Credits
  • $600

    Cost Per Credit

The Violence Prevention and Advocacy Certificate at Lasell University is designed for the working professional who wants to focus on this area providing foundational knowledge to help you advance in your career or later continue in Lasell's Master of Science in Criminal Justice program.  You will learn effective strategies on how to prevent and respond to violence. You will also develop your communication and management skills to advocate for those who have suffered abuse or other types of violence and aid in their recovery. 

Gain the knowledge to prevent violence and advocate for victims

Topics addressed in the Violence Prevention and Advocacy Certificate include:

  • Analyze patterns of aggressive and violent behaviors and their causes  
  • Use statistical methods for prevention of violence
  • Understand different models and strategies of social change 
  • Develop successful tactics of activism that reform or change in public policy
  • Explore solutions that advocate for a victim of violence and may to reform institutional practices

Who Should Earn this Certificate?

A certificate in the Violence Prevention and Advocacy helps those succeed with careers in industries such as federal protection agencies, law enforcement, legal work, schools and healthcare institutions, and other related fields. Below are some examples of roles that could benefit from this certificate:

  • 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


Violence Prevention and Advocacy
Major Requirements
Core Courses
CJ740 Theories of Violence & Aggression 3
CJ741 Interpersonal & Relationship Violence 3
CJ742 Violence Prev, Advocacy, & Social Change 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 Violence Prevention and Advocacy 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
CJ740 Theories of Violence and Aggression Online MacMaster, Shawn

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