Education

Human Development & Learning

PhD in Educational Studies, Low-Residency

Explore factors that affect human development across the lifespan.

In Lesley's Human Development and Learning PhD program, you’ll advance your knowledge of the social, psychological, and biological factors and conditions that affect the development of human beings, with particular emphasis on adults. Acquire a deep understanding of the interdisciplinary field of developmental science. Gain insights into how individuals change over time in real-life contexts.

At Lesley, our goal is to inspire the imagination, courage, and persistence to improve teaching, learning, and leading.

In this doctoral program, you’ll learn theories of human development, learning, and cognitive and emotional development. Explore developmental neuroscience, adult learning, adult development, and mental health. Examine culture and conflict, and organizational development and change.

Prepare to serve individuals of all ages in a variety of academic, social, and political contexts, such as community and social services, correctional facilities, colleges, and governmental agencies,

At this time, residents of Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Oregon are not eligible to enroll in our low-residency PhD programs. All others may apply.

Program Structure

Low-residency PhD program

45 Credits
phd students in a classroom
Dissertation

After receiving senior advisor and doctoral committee approval for your qualifying paper in the second year, you will be eligible to write your dissertation proposal and dissertation. The oral defense of your dissertation is open to the public. Year three is devoted to helping you write your dissertation proposal and dissertation. The program of study concludes with a public defense of your dissertation, doctoral committee approval and graduation.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our PhD in Educational Studies program prepares you to:
$88,134
Average salary for education professionals with a doctoral degree in New England (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
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Superintendents and other hiring managers across Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates. With a combination of theory and practice, our graduates are prepared for leadership positions on day one. (Source: Radius Global Market Research)
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Stephen Gould
Dr. Stephen Gould
Steve is director of the Human Development and Learning and Educational Leadership PhD programs. He has over 30 years of experience as an assistant superintendent, principal, and teacher, and served on the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals Association for over 10 years. His expertise includes leadership development, organizational development, team building, strategic planning, and executive coaching.
Careers
Where You'll Work
Graduates of our PhD in Human Development and Learning are prepared for rewarding careers in a range of settings, including:
PhD in Educational Studies Programs

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this PhD degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
Human Development & Learning
  • Tuition
    $1,000/credit x 45
    $45,000
  • Fees
    PhD Matriculation Fees
    $8,970
    Residency Fees
    $1,050
    Registration Fees
    $360
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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

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