Overview

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

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 a 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 careers. 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

Curriculum

The Master's in Criminal Justice in Violence Prevention & Advocacy curriculum will provide you with the skills you need to make a difference in the community and the world and become a leader in today's criminal justice field.  

The degree program is structured as follows:

  • 36 credits are required for the MS degree
    • 21 credits (7 courses) comprise the core offerings which includes 1 capstone (3 credits) which you can choose from two options: Research Project or Internship
    • 9 credits (3 courses) are required for the concentration
    • 6 credits (2 courses) are required for electives
CJ701
The Criminal Justice System & Process
3 credits
CJ702
Critical Legal Issues in Crim Justice
3 credits
CJ703
Advanced Criminological Thought
3 credits
CJ704
Ethical Theory & Criminal Justice Policy
3 credits
CJ705
Criminal Justice Leadership & Management
3 credits
CJ709
Research Methods & Statistical Analysis
3 credits
CJ740
Theories of Violence & Aggression
3 credits
CJ741
Interpersonal & Relationship Violence
3 credits
CJ742
Violence Prev, Advocacy, & Social Change
3 credits
CJ798
Research Project Capstone
3 credits
CJ799
Internship
3 credits

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.

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.

Materials can be provided through MyPortal or emailed to gradinfo@lasell.edu.