Fall 2020 Guidance
In response to COVID-19, university courses and operations remain predominantly online for fall.
Education

Individually Designed Program

PhD in Educational Studies, On-Campus

Reach your interdisciplinary educational goals your way.

If you're an experienced professional who wants to make a scholarly contribution to your field of interest and gain an advanced degree, this flexible program allows you to meet that goal. Working with your faculty advisor and doctoral committee, you’ll have a key role in designing a program of study that fits your needs exactly.

This program encourages you to draw from your own personal and professional experiences to inform your work. You'll conduct novel research and create new knowledge, and with faculty mentorship, you'll write a dissertation that explores your area of interest and inquiry. We'll encourage you to engage in the evidence-based thinking and self-reflection that will foster development throughout your career.

And by joining this low-residency program, you'll join a close-knit community of diverse learners who co-construct knowledge and support each other throughout residencies and online coursework.

Your coursework allows you to develop a scholarly voice informed by a critical review of knowledge that brought you to doctoral study. You'll examine your sociocultural perspective, and gain insights from disciplines relevant to your program of study and research interests. And you can choose elective courses from across the university and at neighboring institutions.

Graduate Program Inquiry Form

Program Structure

Low-Residency PhD program

45 Credits
Summer 2020 Residency Update for New and Returning Students

For the well-being of our community, and in keeping with federal and state health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19, we have made some changes to our upcoming residencies for this program.

New Students

We have decided to delay Residency I of our new cohorts until the spring and launch the fall semester with two required online courses: Nature of Inquiry and Quantitative Research Methods. Program directors and faculty advisors will meet with new students during the fall semester.

Returning Students

Returning students will engage in a virtual summer residency, completing core courses and other benchmarks. While we will miss being together in our much-loved face-to-face residency, we look forward to seeing each other in our virtual courses and community gatherings. We will communicate more details in the coming weeks.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our PhD program prepares you to:
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Cambridge, MA

Cambridge is located in the heart of a dynamic urban area near a variety of institutions and organizations, where you'll benefit from a unique concentration of diverse learners and teachers from all over the world. We are close to a number of other universities, where our doctoral students routinely participate in research and educational events.

$88,134
Average salary for education professionals with a doctoral degree in New England (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
#1
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)
Top Schools
Massachusetts ranks as the best state to work in education, with some of the highest performing schools and best salaries in the country, according to US News.
Caroline Heller
Dr. Caroline Heller
Caroline directs the Individually Designed PhD specialization. She brings her background as an urban educator, qualitative researcher, writer for the Teaching Tolerance Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and archival researcher for her study of central Europe before the war, to her courses at Lesley. She is particularly interested in the intersection of qualitative research and journalism, and in helping qualitative researchers write well about their areas of study.
Careers
Where You'll Work
Our PhD graduates go on to careers in:
PhD in Educational Studies Programs

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this PhD degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Individually Designed Program
  • Tuition
    $1,050/credit x 45
    $47,250
  • Fees
    PhD Matriculation Fees
    $10,465
    Registration Fees
    $400
    Activity Fees
    $180
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

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

  • Tuition
    $1050/credit x 45
    $47,250
  • Fees
    PhD Matriculation Fees
    $7,475
    Registration Fees
    $280
    Activity Fees
    $120
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

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

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