Graduating with a master’s degree is a surefire way to snag higher paying, more specialized positions early on in your career.

Our affordable dual degree programs transition you into our nationally acclaimed Graduate School of Education or Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences as an undergrad, and put you on track to earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as few as five years.

Not to mention, you could save up to 85 percent on your graduate tuition. Need more reasons to apply? Read on.

Why consider a dual degree?

You'll save time.

Knock out required grad courses as an undergrad and complete both degrees in as few as five years, and you won’t have to worry about taking time off of work to return to grad school later on.

You'll save money.

Dual degree students save 42%–85% on graduate tuition. If you earn your bachelor’s degree from Lesley, you also qualify for 12 free graduate credits through The Lesley Dividend award.

You'll open doors.

With a master’s degree, you’ll have the skills and real-world experiences you need to qualify for a wider range of opportunities. By choosing to specialize in a new area, such as English as a Second Language, nonfiction writing, or human resources management, you’ll create even more possibilities.

85% less money
how completing a dual degree could help you save on tuition
5-6 years
the average time it takes to complete an accelerated dual degree
$11,700
the amount most Lesley bachelor’s degree students who earn their master’s degrees here will save through the Lesley Dividend

Explore your dual degree options.

We offer accelerated bachelor’s/master’s degree programs that span academic areas across our Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences and Graduate School of Education.

  • Business Management

    After completing your BS in Business Management, you’ll transition into our online MS in Management program. By earning two degrees, you’ll further specialize in general or nonprofit management, and you'll put your new skills into action through a third internship during your final year.


    Details

    • Take 9 credits of online graduate courses in your senior year
    • Complete 24 more graduate credits starting the summer after senior year
    • Earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 5 years
    • Save 50% on graduate tuition


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    Eligibility

    You can apply to the accelerated dual degree program as a prospective student, or as a current student all the way through the first semester of your senior year at Lesley. Prospective students must have a 3.5 GPA to be admitted, while current Lesley business management majors must maintain a 3.0 GPA, with no grades below a C.


    How to Apply

    Contact the admissions team at admissions@lesley.edu or 617.349.8800 for application requirements. Current students should contact their academic advisor for application details.

  • Counseling

    We offer two dual degree programs for undergraduate students majoring in counseling. Choose to transition into our graduate programs in either Counseling Psychology (48 credits) or Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 credits). You’ll earn two degrees as well as the additional hands-on experience needed to practice in the field or qualify for your license as a clinical mental health counselor.


    Degree Options

    • BS in Counseling and MA in Counseling Psychology (48 credits)
       
    • BS in Counseling and MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 credits)


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    Details

    • Finish 26–29 of your graduate program’s 48–60 credits in your junior or senior year
    • Complete the remaining 19–34 graduate credits after your senior year
    • Earn your bachelor's and master's degrees in approximately 5 years
    • Save $13,200 on graduate tuition with the Lesley Dividend—up to 85% off tuition in total

    Eligibility

    You can apply for this dual degree program during the summer or fall following your sophomore year at Lesley. Current students must have a 3.3 or higher cumulative GPA to be admitted. A score of 400 or higher on the MAT is preferred, but not required.


    How to Apply

    Contact your academic advisor for application details.

  • Creative Writing

    Be immersed in the world of writing, challenged to take your work to the next level, and mentored by expert faculty along the way. In your senior year, you’ll transition into our MFA in Creative Writing.


    Details

    • Attend your first MFA in Creative Writing residency in January of your senior year
    • Finish 9 of your graduate program’s 49 credits during your senior year
    • Complete the 40 remaining graduate credits after senior year
    • Save $11,700 on tuition with the Lesley Dividend—approximately 50% off your total graduate tuition


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    Eligibility

    You may apply in the spring of your junior year (or by the time you have earned the equivalent in credits). Current students must have a 3.3 or higher cumulative GPA to be admitted, as well as an official Lesley University transcript showing that you have accrued at least 75 credits.


    How to Apply

    Contact your academic advisor for application details.

  • Education

    Complete your BA, BS, or BFA at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Art and Design, or Center for the Adult Learner (see below), and then transition into one of the accelerated M.Ed. programs in our Graduate School of Education, where you’ll gain advanced expertise in areas ranging from art education to Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). You’ll build the knowledge and experience you need to earn your teacher license and lead your own classroom.


    Degree Options


    Details

    • Finish 6–12 of your graduate program’s 33–45 credits during your senior year
    • Complete the 27–33 remaining graduate credits after senior year
    • Save $11,700 on tuition with the Lesley Dividend—approximately 50% of your total graduate tuition

    Eligibility

    You can apply for admission to a dual degree program at the end of your sophomore year. To be considered, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.


    How to Apply

    Contact your academic advisor for application details.

  • Expressive Therapies

    Explore the many ways that creative expression can improve others’ health and wellbeing through one of two accelerated dual degree programs in Art Therapy or Expressive Arts Therapy. You’ll earn BS and MA degrees, progress as an artist, and gain the clinical experience needed to become a licensed mental health counselor as well as a registered art therapist or expressive arts therapist.


    Degree Options


    Details

    • Finish 25–26 of your graduate program’s 60 credits during your junior and senior years, including clinical internships
    • Complete the 34–35 remaining graduate credits after senior year
    • Save up to $13,200 on tuition with the Lesley Dividend—approximately 50% off your total graduate tuition

    Eligibility

    You can apply for admission to a dual degree program in the fall of your junior year. To be considered, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher and have 12–18 credits in psychology courses, including Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychology, with grades of B or better


    How to Apply

    Contact your academic advisor for application details.