MS in Criminal Justice: Self-Designed Option

Overview

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

As criminal justice is a subject so broad, and with such an urgent need of dedicated, skilled professionals, Lasell offers students the opportunity to design their own concentration in whatever aspect of the field they are most passionate about. A faculty advisor will work closely with you as you customize the M.S. in Criminal Justice degree program to your specific career goals and needs.

The 36 credits of coursework includes:

  • 21 credits of the core MS in Criminal Justice curriculum
  • 9 credits of Criminal Justice courses that must be approved by faculty
  • 6 credits of electives in relevant subject areas

Curriculum

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
Core Curriculum
CJ701 The Criminal Justice System & Process 3
CJ702 Critical Legal Issues in Crim Justice 3
CJ703 Advanced Criminological Thought 3
CJ704 Ethical Theory & Criminal Justice Policy 3
CJ705 Criminal Justice Leadership & Management 3
CJ709 Research Methods & Statistical Analysis 3
CJ799 Internship or Research Capstone 3

Students also choose five other courses from the Emergency & Crisis Management, Homeland Security & Global Justice or Violence Prevention & Advocacy concentrations and/or elective courses

Electives
Students in the Self-Designed concentration can choose courses from the three other concentrations or the elective courses listed below:

  • CJ750        Global Criminal Justice Systems (3 credits)
  • CJ751        Victimology (3 credits)
  • CJ752        Class, Race, Ethnic and Gender Issues in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • COM709    Strategies for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3 credits)

Students in the M.S. in Criminal Justice must choose two electives to complete their degree requirements.  Electives can be drawn from:

  • Any courses offered within the Criminal Justice degree program outside of core and your specific concentration requirements
  • Specific courses from graduate offerings in Management and Communication approved by the Chair of Justice Studies  

Course Schedule

<strong>Course Schedule</strong>

Summer Session I, 5/17-7/5
Summer Session II, 7/6-8/24
Course NumberNameFormatDay/TimeSession Dates
CJ 702 Critical Legal Issues in Crim Justice Online Summer I 5/17-7/5
CJ 730 Terrorism & Homeland Security Online Summer I 5/17-7/5
CJ 704 Ethical Theory & Criminal Justice Policy Online Summer II 7/6-8/24
CJ 720 Crisis & Emergency Management Online Summer II 7/6-8/24
Fall Session I, 9/6-10/25
Fall Session II, 10/26-12/14
Course NumberNameFormatDay/TimeSession Dates
CJ 701 The Criminal Justice System & Process Online Fall I 9/6-10/25
CJ 721 Risk Managment & Planning Online Fall I 9/6-10/25
CJ 741 Interpersonal & Relationship Violence Online Fall I 9/6-10/25
CJ 703 Advanced Criminological Thought Online Fall II 10/26-12/14
CJ 731 Transnational Crime Online Fall II 10/26-12/14