Counseling & Psychology

Counseling

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Help people move forward in their lives.

Do friends bring you their problems, because you’ll listen without judgment? Ever wish you could help people find direction in their lives? Your concern for others can be a stepping stone to a career in counseling.

Our program teaches you the basics of psychology—the study of how humans think, act, and feel. You’ll learn about human development and become familiar with practical ways of helping people resolve problems.

Internships will give you the opportunity to work in places such as schools, homeless shelters, and community mental health centers. Engage your activism and approach counseling from a social justice framework. You’ll be mentored at each step by our expert faculty, and become confident in a range of professional settings.

Choose an optional specialization in expressive arts therapy (using your talents in visual art, drama, dance, music, or writing) or holistic psychology (exploring the connections between mind, spirit, and body). Our counseling program prepares you to begin a career in human services or to continue on to our graduate programs in counseling psychology or mental health counseling. 

    “I had an interest in the helping professions from the start, and that’s what drew me to Lesley.”
    Noa Kupfer ’13, Counseling major with specialization in expressive arts therapy
    Gain Skills and Expertise
    Here's a taste of what you'll do in our counseling program:
    $65,499
    The average salary for graduates with a degree in mental health counseling.
    #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.
    11%
    Careers in mental health counseling are expanding, with projections for an eleven percent increase in job openings in New England over the next ten years.
    Careers
    Jobs You Could Have
    The field of mental health counseling is expanding rapidly, making this an exciting time to pursue these careers. Common job titles for people with bachelor's degrees in psychology include:
    Careers
    Where You Could Work
    Massachusetts and Greater Boston have a large concentration of medical, healthcare, and mental health-related organizations. Top employers of psychology graduates include:

    Faculty

    Approximate cost for 1 year of attendance in this undergraduate program.
    Counseling
    Housing Options
    Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
    • Tuition
      Fall Tuition
      $13,150
      Spring Tuition
      $13,150
    • Fees
      Activity Fees
      $250
      Materials Fees
      $150
      Registration Fees
      $80
      Lab Fees
      $40
    • Room & Board
      Double/Triple/Quad Room
      $9,570
      Housing Deposit
      $300
      Meal Plan
      $6,180
      Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
      $800
    • Total
    Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
    Presidential Scholarship
    $10,500
    Dean’s Scholarship
    $9,500
    Lesley Scholarship
    $8,500
    Lesley Grant Award
    $5,500

    You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

    Estimated Cost

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

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

    Housing Options
    Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
    • Tuition
      Fall Tuition
      $13,150
      Spring Tuition
      $13,150
    • Fees
      Activity Fees
      $250
      Materials Fees
      $150
      Registration Fees
      $80
      Lab Fees
      $40
    • Room & Board
      Double/Triple/Quad Room
      $9,570
      Housing Deposit
      $300
      Meal Plan
      $6,180
      Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
      $800
    • Total
    Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
    Presidential Scholarship
    $10,500
    Transfer Scholarship
    $9,500
    Lesley Scholarship
    $8,500

    You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

    Estimated Cost

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

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

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