Gain the knowledge to prevent violence and advocate for victims

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.

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


This curriculum provides the fundamentals for those interested in criminal justice, violence prevention & Advocacy professions.

The curriculum is comprised of 15 credits (5 courses). 

  • 9 credits (3 courses) required
  • 6 credits (2 courses) electives
    • Electives can be drawn from any courses offered within the Criminal Justice degree program and specific courses from graduate offerings in Management and Communication approved by Graduate and Professional Studies in consultation with Criminal Justice Faculty.

Theories of Violence & Aggression
3 credits
Interpersonal & Relationship Violence
3 credits
Violence Prev, Advocacy, & Social Change
3 credits


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

Contact us:

The Office of Graduate Enrollment
Lasell University
1844 Commonwealth Ave. 
Newton, MA 02466