Counseling & Psychology

Counseling & Psychology: Transformative Leadership, Education, & Applied Research

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), weekend-cohort doctoral program

Transform your practice.

Advance social justice, health-promoting behavior, and inclusive communities through leadership, education, and applied research. Lesley University’s doctoral program for licensed mental health professionals and school counselors, prepares you to meet society’s need for these values and objectives in mental health programs, schools, and higher education. Gather with a cohort on Lesley’s campus one weekend per month, guided by faculty-practitioners who will empower you to facilitate change in your field.

Based in Cambridge—an internationally recognized nexus of mental health practice and research—our program is founded on a multidisciplinary approach that integrates knowledge and practices from the related fields of counseling and psychology.

Expand your knowledge of leading-edge theory and technique, from trauma-informed leadership to interpersonal neurobiology to mindfulness. Connect to applied research opportunities within Lesley’s robust network of practitioners, consultants, leaders, and educators. Participate in faculty-led initiatives and become part of our community of scholars. Develop fresh perspectives that lead to meaningful careers in leadership, education, research, consulting, and social entrepreneurship.

Your first doctoral year explores your professional goals, while providing a foundation in theory and research. Build from this theoretical framework during a second year dedicated to applied research and practice. During this time, design your own practicum and pursue relevant field experience. In your third and final year, develop a plan for original research that relates to your professional ambitions and write your dissertation.

Program Structure

Weekend-Cohort Doctoral Program

48 Credits
phd student in a classroom

Weekend Cohort Model

Our PhD in Counseling and Psychology is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals. Meet with an intimate cohort of PhD candidates on Lesley's Cambridge campus one weekend per month, guided by faculty-practitioners whose innovative scholarship and commitment to social justice will inspire you to contribute fresh thinking and leadership to your field.

Gain Skills and Expertise
$65,499
Average salary for mental health counselors with doctoral degrees in New England (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
#1
Massachusetts is the best state in the nation for mental health care according to Mental Health America, with excellent access to care for both youth and adults.
12%
Job opportunities for graduates with a PhD in mental health care are increasing rapidly, with projections of a twelve percent increase in job openings in New England over the next ten years. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
Careers
Jobs You Could Have
The field of mental health counseling is expanding rapidly, making this an exciting time to pursue graduate study. Common job titles for people with doctoral degrees in mental health counseling include:
Careers
Where You'll Advance
Massachusetts and the Greater Boston area have a large concentration of medical, healthcare, and mental health-related facilities and organizations. You'll find careers in a wide range of places, including:

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this PhD degree program.
Counseling & Psychology: Transformative Leadership, Education, & Applied Research
  • Tuition
    $1,230/credit x 48
    $59,040
  • Fees
    PhD Matriculation Fees
    $8,970
    Registration Fees
    $320
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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