Overview & Career Outcomes

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.

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


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.

The Criminal Justice System & Process
3 credits
Critical Legal Issues in Crim Justice
3 credits
Advanced Criminological Thought
3 credits
Ethical Theory & Criminal Justice Policy
3 credits
Criminal Justice Leadership & Management
3 credits
Research Methods & Statistical Analysis
3 credits
Crisis & Emergency Management
3 credits
Risk Management & Planning
3 credits
Crisis Communication
3 credits
Research Project Capstone
3 credits
3 credits


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. 

No GMAT/GRE scores are required for admission. 

Criminal Justice Program is not F-1 Visa eligible. 

International students must submit English equivalency from one of the following: TOEFL scores: minimum required score is 80 (iBT) or IELTS, minimum required score is 6.0; or Pearson PTE Academic minimum score is 53; or Duolingo minimum required score is 105. The English equivalency scores 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.

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

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