Graduate Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates and fees vary by program, and are effective as of June 1 each year. Rates are subject to change.

Review our Glossary of Fees for an explanation of the various fees and what they cover.

Discounts

We offer a few discounts for graduate students. For example, a 10 percent tuition discount for many of our campus-based graduate programs. You may be eligible if you are a Lesley alum, a senior (age 55+), a Cambridge, Massachusetts resident, or a City of Cambridge employee. Or, get a 25 percent discount if you are affiliated with City Year. Learn more about our graduate tuition discounts.


Master's Degree and Certificate Programs

  • Certificate Program Tuition
    Certificate Programs 2016–2017 2017–2018
    Arts in Health (On campus) $975/credit $975/credit
    Counseling Psychology (On campus) $975/credit $975/credit
    Education (On campus) $975/credit $975/credit
    Education (Online) $610/credit $625/credit
    Education (Off campus) $610/credit $625/credit
    Expressive Therapies (On campus)  $975/credit $975/credit
    Mindfulness (Low residency) $975/credit $975/credit

     

  • Master’s Degree & Licensure Programs Tuition
    Counseling/Psychology 2016–2017 2017–2018
    Clinical Mental Health Counseling (On campus) $975/credit $1,100/credit
    Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Off campus) $610/credit $625/credit
    Counseling Psychology (On campus) $975/credit $1,100/credit
    Expressive Therapies (On-campus & Low-residency) $975/credit $1,100/credit
    Education    
    Ecological Teaching and Learning MS (Off campus) $610/credit $625/credit
    M.Ed. and License Only (On campus) $975/credit $975/credit
    M.Ed. Early Childhood in Somerville Lesley courses $975/credit $975/credit
    M.Ed. Early Childhood in Somerville Somerville courses $300/credit $200–300/credit
    M.Ed. Elementary Education (Hybrid) $750/credit $750/credit
    M.Ed. Elementary Education Urban Initiative Lesley courses $975/credit $975/credit
    M.Ed. Elementary Education Urban Initiative School-based courses $200/credit $200/credit
    M.Ed. and License Only (Online)  $610/credit $625/credit
    M.Ed. (Off campus) $610/credit $625/credit
    Teacher Residency Programs (Collaborative Schools) Varies by school Varies by school
    International Higher Education & Intercultural Relations (On campus) $975/credit $975/credit
    Management (Online) $610/credit $625/credit
    Mindfulness Studies (Low residency) $975/credit $975/credit
    MFA Programs    
    Creative Writing MFA (Low residency) $975/credit $975/credit
    Photography MFA (On campus) $975/credit $975/credit
    Visual Arts MFA  (Low residency) $975/credit* $975/credit*
         
    *Students who entered the MFA in Visual Arts program prior to June 2015 are grandfathered into the rate they had when they started the program.    
  • Graduate Fees
    Graduate Fees 2016–2017 2017–2018
    Activity Fee For on-campus programs, if taking 6+ credits in a semester. $30/Fall & Spring $30/Fall & Spring
    Affiliation Fee For specific education courses. $975 (one-time fee) $975 (one-time fee)
    Assessment Fees For specific education courses.    
    Education Programs: Reading $35/course $35/course
    Education Programs: Special Education $100/course $100/course
    Degree Completion Fee $75 $75
    Field Experience Fees For graduate programs with an internship or practicum.    
    Counseling/Psychology $395/internship $545/internship
    Expressive Therapies $545/internship $545/internship
    Education $395/practicum $500/practicum
    MAP E-portfolio Fee    
    Education: M.Ed. and License Only programs $150 $150
    Materials Fees (estimates)    
    Arts in Health $30/course $30/course
    Counseling Psychology CAGS $210 (one-time fee) $210 (one-time fee)
    Counseling Psychology Master’s and Grad Certificates $30/course $30/course
    Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s $240 (one-time fee) $240 (one-time fee)
    Education (On & off campus) $10/course $10/course
    Expressive Therapies Certificate $30/course $30/course
    Expressive Therapies Master’s (On campus & low residency) $350 (one-time fee) $350 (one-time fee)
    International Higher Education & Intercultural Relations $15/course $15/course
    Mindfulness Studies $15/course $15/course
    Practicum Fees $35/internship $35/internship
    Registration Fees $40/semester 
    $20/8-week term
    $40/semester 
    $20/8-week term
    Residency Fees Some low-residency programs charge this fee.    
    Creative Writing MFA $350/residency $500/residency
    Mindfulness Studies (Master’s & Certificate) $350/residency $350/residency
    Ecological Teaching and Learning MS $2,500/residency $2,500/residency
    Visual Arts MFA  (residency fee) $350/residency $350/residency
    Visual Arts MFA  (culminating fee) Charged in your last residency. $350 (one-time fee) $350 (one-time fee)
    Studio Fees    
    Photography MFA $250/semester $250/semester
    Technology Fee $30/online course $30/online course

     

  • Student Health Insurance (Graduate)

    You'll be billed for student health insurance if you're half- or full-time in an on-campus graduate program, unless you opt out. Low-residency students are not eligible for the Student Health Insurance plan.

    Learn more about Student Health Insurance.

    Student Health Insurance (Graduate) 2016–2017 2017–2018
    Annual Rate $4,162 $4.561
    Spring-Only Rate $2,796 2,675
  • Tuition Insurance (optional)

    If you would like tuition insurance, you'll need to opt in to participate. 

    Tuition Insurance (optional) 2016–2017 2017–2018
    Part-time (at least 6 credits) $44/semester $49.50/semester
    Full-time (9 credits) $66/semester $74.25/semester
    Full-time (12 credits) $88/semester $99/semester
    Full-time (15 credits) $110/semester $123.75/semester

    Learn more about Tuition Insurance.

  • Late Fees & Penalties
      2016-2017 2017-2018
    Late Registration Fee $100/semester $100/semester
    Late Payment Fee $100/month $100/month
    Returned Check Fee $50 $50
    Declined Credit Card Fee $50 $50
    Replacement Check Fee $20 $20

Doctoral (PhD) Programs

  • Doctoral Tuition
    PhD Program 2016–2017 2017–2018
    Counseling Psychology
    (Low residency)
    $1,197/credit $1,197/credit
    Educational Studies: Adult Learning
    (Low residency)
    $975/credit $975/credit
    Educational Studies: Educational Leadership
    (Low residency)
    $975/credit $975/credit
    Educational Studies: Jewish Educational Leadership
    (Low residency) Lesley courses
    $975/credit $975/credit
    Educational Studies: Jewish Educational Leadership
    (Low residency) Hebrew College Courses
    $975/credit $975/credit
    Educational Studies: Individually-Designed
    (On campus)
    $975/credit $975/credit
    Expressive Therapies (Low residency) $975/credit $975/credit
  • Doctoral Fees
      2016–2017 2017–2018
    Activity Fee
    Applicable to Individually-Designed program
    on campus.
    $30/Fall & Spring $30/Fall & Spring
    PhD Matriculation Fee
    Charged for first 8 semesters.
    $1,495/Fall & Spring $1,495/Fall & Spring
    PhD Continuation Fee
    Charged after first 8 semesters.
    $2,000/Fall & Spring $2,000/Fall & Spring
    Registration Fee (Lesley University) $40/semester
    $20/8-week term
    $40/semester
    $20/8-week term
    Registration Fee (Hebrew College) Jewish Educational Leadership $100/semester $100/semester
    Degree Completion Fee $75 $75
  • Residency Fees
      2016–2017 2017–2018
    Educational Studies: Educational Leadership $225/residency $350/residency
    Educational Studies: Jewish Educational Leadership $225/residency $350/residency
  • Student Health Insurance (Graduate)

    You'll be charged the Student Health Insurance fee if you are enrolled half- or full-time in an on-campus doctoral program, unless you opt out.

    Low-Residency programs are not eligible for Student Health Insurance.

      2016–2017 2017–2018
    Annual Rate $4,162 $4,561
    Spring-Only Rate $2,796 2,675
    Low-residency programs are not eligible. N/A N/A

    Learn more about Student Health Insurance.

  • Tuition Insurance (optional)
    Opt in to participate 2016–2017 2017–2018
    Part-time (at least 6 credits) $44/semester $49.50/semester
    Full-time (9 credits) $66/semester $74.25/semester
    Full-time (12 credits) $88/semester $99/semester
    Full-time (15 credits) $110/semester $123.75/semester

    Learn more about Tuition Insurance.

  • Late Fees & Penalties
      2016-2017 2017-2018
    Late Registration Fee $100/semester $100/semester
    Late Payment Fee $100/month $100/month
    Returned Check Fee $50 $50
    Declined Credit Card Fee $50 $50
    Replacement Check Fee $20 $20
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