Criminal Justice Management Major

Build a career by safeguarding your community.

Want a career where you can make a difference? Interested in becoming a local, state or federal law enforcement officer? Then consider Nichols Criminal Justice Management program.

Nichols Criminal Justice Management Program (CJM) Program prepares you for a career in local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as well as the growing field of corporate security in these key areas:

How do we do this? By providing you with . . .

Instruction from professors with real world experience

Our professors have years of leadership experience in criminal justice management from being a Deputy Sheriff, a local Chief of Police, a Director of Training and Development in a prison or working as an investigator at the RI Attorney General’s Office.

Access to the latest developments in the Criminal Justice field

Through the most current class content, class and team projects, you’ll be prepared to enter the criminal justice field with confidence. New course content includes:

Networking Opportunities

During your four years in the CJM program, you will have the opportunity to take field trips to prisons and other law enforcement locations and meet face-to-face with guest speakers from various areas of law enforcement including federal marshals, FBI agents, correctional officers, private investigators, and state and local law enforcement. Recent speakers include the head of the Massachusetts State Police, General Manager of the private security company G4S Security Solutions, the Director of Loss Prevention at Staples North America, and the Security Operations Manager at Mass. General Hospital.

Impressive Internships

90% of CJM students complete an internship which gives them great networking opportunities and in some cases lead to a job offer.

CJM students have interned at well-known organizations such as:

Nicholas DePasquale ’14, Criminal Justice Management
Internship with: Bolton Mass. Police Department

As an intern with Bolton Police, I worked directly with the Chief of Police and was able to understand and learn about the administrative end of a police department. During this time, I also visited the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab located in Maynard, MA. I went with an officer to drop off firearms that had been taken from a person’s home to the Ballistics lab. My Criminal Law and Procedure class was helpful for when I rode along when an officer who was stopping drivers for basic traffic violations. Overall, I was very fortunate to complete my internship with Bolton Police. I was very impressed with all of the officers and employees within the department. Everyone was there to help me get the best experience that I could.

Career Opportunities

With a degree in Criminal Justice Management, you will be well-prepared to work at any of the following positions:

CJM alumni are employed at federal, state, and local law enforcement organizations including:

Chris Kerrigan ’12, Civilian Investigator, Suffolk County DA’s office

Our professors demand a high level professionalism and passion for the field. They have done a great job teaching us all aspects of law enforcement. Along with Career Services, they helped me complete the paperwork to apply for the position and prepare for the interview.


Criminal Justice Management majors must complete 121 credit hours (approximately 40 courses), including courses from the foundation and business core curricula, focused electives and these required specialization courses:

Required Courses

CJM 209
Crime, Justice, and Society
3 Hours, 1 Semester

This course will introduce the student to the field of criminal justice and security by presenting an overview of federal and state enforcement agencies. This course will discuss the role of the state in protecting business enterprises and furnish the student with a broad understanding of the developing relationships between a business enterprise and its security function.

CJM 210
Criminal Law and Procedure
3 Hours, 1 Semester

This course will provide an in-depth examination of the crimes and actions most encountered by the private industry and the public law enforcement officer. We will also examine recent court decisions. Students will become acquainted with concepts of search and seizure, individual restraint, and limitations of personal freedom and expression.

CJM 302
Security Investigations: Concepts, Principles, and Practices
3 Hours, 1 Semester

This course will cover investigative methodologies, financial and quantitative data analysis, investigative plans, multi-disciplinary teams, and best practices. Students will also examine legal and ethical duties and issues, use case study analysis to emphasize background verifications, employee misconduct, employee and external fraud, and joint investigations with law enforcement. Overall, students will understand how properly conducted investigations may be used as a risk management tool.
Prerequisites: MIS 109 and CJM 209

CJM 347
Emergency Planning and Disaster Management
3 Hours, 1 Semester

This course will cover topics such as risk identification and assessment of multi-hazards whether natural and man-made, violence in the workplace, development of crisis and disaster incident management programs, and business/agency continuation planning. Students will understand that natural and man-made hazards represent a threat to the financial welfare of a corporation/agency and the safety of its employees and visitors.
Prerequisite: CJM 209

CJM 480
Advanced Issues in CJM
3 Hours, 1 Semester

This capstone course will examine state-of-the-art (best practice) methodologies, strategies and approaches relevant to the acquisition of skills, competencies and conceptual (big picture) expertise necessary for successful and effective security management. This course will emphasize qualitative and quantitative (analytical) approaches relevant to the accurate forecasting, identification, and assessment of security-related issues, and concerns in multi-national environments using problem-based learning as the primary instructional strategy.
Prerequisite: CJM 347


Elective Courses (2 required)

CJM 333
Physical Security: System Design, Integration, and Control 
3 Hours, 1 Semester

Physical security includes an assembly (combination) of security-related equipment, devices, and technologies, designated and arranged to signal (alert) personnel to negative (loss causing) events or circumstances. Topics to be covered in this course include controlling and monitor- ing the access of persons and vehicles, prevention and detection of unauthorized intrusions and surveillance, safeguarding negotiable documents, proprietary information, merchandise, and buildings. Students will learn that critical to effective physical security is identifying and assessing the security (asset protection) requirements related to (anticipated) risks and threats to a given facility’s perimeter, interior, and contents.
Prerequisite: CJM 302

CJM 390
Criminal Justice Management Internship
3 Hours, 1 Semester

This internship will afford students the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to the real world. The criminal justice management internship program works closely with the Washington Center at the Fischer Institute, Career Services, as well as independently placing students in convenient locations. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 as well as 60 credits completed is required; the internship consists of 120 hours of work.
Prerequisite: CJM 302

CJM 417
Homeland Security / Terrorism
3 Hours, 1 Semester

This course will cover the historical foundations of terrorism. Students will learn ideologies, organizational structures, and methods of operations.
Class discussions will provide an overview of the problem of terrorism, and explore public and private sector terrorism. Students will discuss and understand the concepts of domestic terrorism and its implications as well as political and social ramifications.


College Catalog

Review or download the college catalog for additional details and information about courses and requirements.

Key Faculty
Kimberly Charbonneau
  • Kimberly Charbonneau
  • Program Chair

Questions about the Criminal Justice Management Program? Contact Professor Kimberly Charbonneau, Program Chair, at or 508-213-2174.