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.
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
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
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 investigates and analyzes aggression and violence as forms of individual, group, and societal behavior. The course also includes an assessment of anthropological, biological, philosophical, political, and sociological theories on the causes of violence and aggression.
This course utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to examining interpersonal violence as a critical and complex social issue. Specific types of interpersonal violence covered include child abuse and neglect, child sexual violence, spousal abuse, elder abuse, date rape and other forms of intimate sexual and physical violence. The course includes a comprehensive examination of theoretical perspectives regarding the nature and origins of interpersonal violence as well as a critical examination of the effectiveness of the mental health, child welfare, and criminal justice system’s approach to interpersonal violence prevention, intervention, and policy.
This course provides students with an understanding of different models of social change and the various strategies of social movements and campaigns that accomplish social change. The course will examine the strategies, tactics, strengths and weaknesses of other historical contemporary movements such as the civil rights or women’s movement. Students will explore how victims of violence might develop successful public discourses that advocate their cause, transform public policy, and build or reform public institutions such as the justice system. The course will also identify successful modes of public address and tactics of activism that produce changes in public policy and reform institutional practices.
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.
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