The Master in Communication Emergency and Crisis Management concentration prepares students in conflict resolution and hazard mitigation, equipping graduates with the necessary skills to plan and respond to natural disasters, threats against public safety, and unexpected events of all types.
A convenient, flexible approach
- 36 credits of coursework: 21 credits in the core program curriculum; nine credits of concentration-specific courses; six credits of electives; Capstone project
- Quinn bill certified
Vital preparation for the unique challenges of the modern world
Protecting the public requires leaders who understand how to effectively plan for the unexpected and respond in the wake of the disaster. The Emergency and Crisis Management concentration prepares just that type of leader through a curriculum that emphasizes communication, conflict resolution, and criminal justice policy, enabling students to face the future of disaster response head-on. Whether your goal is to advance in the field or pursue a new direction in your career, you’ll be prepared for all that comes your way.
Personalized, immersive learning
Classes are capped at 23 students, allowing for direct access to full-time faculty, dedicated advisors, and hands-on learning. At Lasell, your professional experience and expertise are respected and rewarded; through targeted internship opportunities with municipal police departments, crisis communication firms, and government agencies, you can make valuable contacts and enhance your skills in the field. Your Capstone experience will put theory into practice and help you to gain a deeper understanding of how to respond when tensions are high and time is tight.
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
The Master's in Criminal Justice in Emergency & Crisis Management 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
Get information on our Course Schedules.
This course provides a foundation and overview of the criminal justice system and process. The major components include crime, law, criminology, law enforcement, adjudication by the courts, corrections, juvenile justice, and current issues and policies.
Spring 2: March 23–May 11, 2021
This course provides the student with current and critical information regarding legal issues in criminal justice with a focus on constitutional criminal procedure. The course explores new perspectives on historical issues and takes into account new appellate cases and events, including current debates over important legal controversies in the criminal justice arena.
Spring 2: March 23–May 11, 2021
This course consists of an in-depth analysis of various explanations of criminal behavior. Readings include selections from a broad range of disciplines like political science, sociology, and psychology as they relate to crime, social deviance, and causation. Ethical and legal foundations in defining social deviance and crime are also considered. This course is well suited for criminal justice practitioners, as students apply criminological theory to contemporary issues
This course examines the ethical issues relevant to the administration of criminal justice. The origins of ethical standards, the effect of these standards on the administration of justice, and issues of ethical leadership will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of ethics into criminal justice policy making and the establishment of defined values for the field.
This course analyzes the structures, functions, and operations of criminal justice agencies including the police, the courts, and corrections (jail, probation, prison, and parole) within the context of the entire criminal justice system. The course will provide a comprehensive overview of criminal justice administration and management with an emphasis on organizational theories. These diverse theories of organizational behavior will be explored specifically as to how they relate to the administration of criminal justice agencies .Three credits.
This course provides students with the necessary tools for evaluating, designing and implementing applied research in criminal justice. The association between theories and research methods used in the study of criminal justice is explored through a variety of relevant and related data sources. Topics covered include: the principles of research design; issues in measurement; modes of observation; and basic methods of both quantitative and qualitative analysis.
This course is designed to provide graduate level students with core knowledge of emergency management related concepts, theories and principles through an in depth analysis of past and current emergency management policies, practices and events. Students will analyze and discuss national, state and local government structure, responsibilities, authorities and relationships and will analyze cases that provide the framework for applying crisis control principles. The nature of disaster, the complexities of disaster response operations, and the roles and responsibilities of various emergency management personnel will be examined. Students will gain an understanding of common post-disaster problems and how the emergency management community can overcome these challenges.
Risk management planning provides a general philosophy, description, and use of tools and methods that can be utilized to manage the risk associated with all types of crises. This course will review the crises that can impact a community and the methods for determining the risk and vulnerability due to these perils and discuss ways of preventing and/or mitigating their impact The course will examine the best practices and proper methodologies for regulating and enforcing techniques to lessen the impacts of hazardous events. The course will also provide the tools (operational, statistical and technological) required to mitigate these risks. Another purpose of the course is to examine and critically discuss current and future methods to create best practices for security management planning.
This course prepares students for anticipating the seven major types of crises faced by communication managers in organizations (skewed values and ethics, deception, management misconduct, natural disasters, technological crises, confrontations and boycotts, malevolence, and disinformation) and how to make preparations to deal with them effectively and competently. The course examines appropriate leadership styles, management actions, and communications strategies before, during, and after a crisis. Students review issues such as leadership initiatives, management monitoring, crisis analysis, action strategy and determination, and implementation of communication strategies.
This culminating experience helps students integrate their knowledge of criminological theory and justice policy with research and analytical skills, synthesizing this knowledge with practical skills. Under the supervision of a faculty mentor, students engage in a comprehensive research project enabling the student to demonstrate the mastery of the concepts, ideas, knowledge and insights implicit in the Criminal Justice curriculum. Prerequisite: This course requires a student to have completed at least 27 credits, CJ709 & permission of Program Chair of Justice Studies.
This culminating experience helps students integrate their knowledge of criminological theory and justice policy with research and analytical skills, synthesizing this knowledge with practical skills. Students engage in an internship and complete 150 hours in organizations that are committed to providing interns a high quality educational experience. As a part of their internship, students engage in meaningful projects, including written reflection and analysis. Prerequisite: This course requires a student to have completed at least 27 credits & permission of Program Chair of Justice Studies.
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:
- Online application
- Official transcripts of all college-level coursework *
- A one-page personal statement describing your goals, strengths, and potential for achievement in graduate school
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.