Arts, Community, and Education

M.Ed., on-campus program

Make an impact in arts-based community work.

Community arts is a growing field. Studies show that the arts can boost the economy and provide vital connections among groups and neighborhoods.

In this action-oriented program, you'll develop the skills and knowledge to turn possibilities into reality. Learn grant writing, fundraising, networking, and arts administration. Use artistic collaborations to form alliances. Be an advocate and mediator. Become an entrepreneur. Facilitate social transformation through the arts.

At Lesley, we believe in learning that leads to change.

Our arts, community, and education program is designed for impact. You’ll learn practical, applicable skills. Explore how to plan and evaluate programs and initiatives. Examine how to put ideas into action. By choosing one of five specializations (arts in health; integrated arts; multicultural education; theater studies; or visual art), you’ll pursue in-depth knowledge in one area. You’ll also conduct research and pursue field experiences that reveal the power of the arts as an instrument for change.

Required courses cover arts administration, research, how to turn ideas into action, and the importance of arts in the community. You’ll also take courses in your chosen specialization and arts foundation and interdisciplinary arts electives.

This program is also available as part of an accelerated master's degree for those who are earning their undergraduate degree through the Center for the Adult Learner. Learn more.

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus program

36 Credits
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Where Students Intern

Apply the skills you develop in the community arts program during your required internship. Recent student internship sites include the Boston Children’s Museum, the Citi Performing Arts Center, Griffin Museum of Photography, Jane Goodall Institute, and Butler Hospital.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our community arts program prepares you to:
Average salary for community arts professionals.
With a wide range of career options and average salaries of over $55,000 per year, professionals with master's degrees in community arts enjoy excellent employment opportunities in the Greater Boston area and beyond. From managing arts programs to directing nonprofits and more, the program will prepare you for important work across a range of organizations. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
Maureen Quinquis
Arts in Education
Maureen Creegan-Quinquis
M.Ed. in Arts, Community, and Education program director Maureen Creegan-Quinquis is a working, exhibiting artist. She is also the co-author of Strategies to Integrate the Arts in Social Studies. Her work concentrates on visual arts education and creativity.
Where Graduates Work
Community Arts students go on to rewarding careers in museums, hospitals, community agencies, and more. They include:
Arts in Education Programs


Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Arts, Community, and Education
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 36
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    Registration Fees
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    Activity Fees
    Materials Fees
    Degree Completion Fee
    Practicum Fee
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
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