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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.

You'll transform lives and communities as a mental health counselor, hospital music therapist, grief counselor, mindfulness coach for stress management, and more. And the connections you make in your internships in places like the Franciscan Hospital for Children, Artists for Humanity, the Cambridge Public Schools, McLean Hospital, Horizons for Homeless Children, Massachusetts General Hospital, and more will help launch your career.

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
    Craft Creative Combinations
    As a Counseling major, you can pursue a second major or one of our 45+ minors—in art & design or a liberal arts subject—to expand your career opportunities.

    Forge your own path with a creative combination:
    Gain Skills & Expertise
    Here's a taste of what you'll do in our counseling program:
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    Small College, Big University

    Within the dynamic environment of a larger university, you'll receive the personalized education of a small liberal arts college of 1,400 students. You'll benefit from the largest network of licensed mental health counselors in New England—with more than 1,000 Lesley counseling graduates in the last 5 years alone. Our undergraduate- and graduate-level faculty can help you explore how to use the arts to heal through the innovative Expressive Therapies field, which Lesley founded over 40 years ago.

    $47,922
    The average salary for professionals with a degree in mental health counseling 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.
    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. (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 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:
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    Cambridge is our campus. Boston is our neighbor.

    Whether you're pursuing art therapy, counseling, or another major in psychology or applied therapies, you'll take classes on our three beautiful Cambridge campuses near Harvard Square. You'll discover the Cambridge and Boston area—a dynamic hub of professional opportunity, service work, culture, and fun few other cities can match. And, you'll build your résumé and make connections through internships with some of the most prestigious healthcare and community organizations in Greater Boston.

    Faculty

    Approximate cost, before financial aid, 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
      $14,600
      Spring Tuition
      $14,600
    • Fees
      Activity Fees
      $250
      Materials Fees
      $150
      Registration Fees
      $80
      Lab Fees
      $40
    • Room & Board
      Double/Triple/Quad Room
      $10,060
      Housing Deposit
      $300
      Meal Plan
      $6,570
      Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
      $800
    • Total cost before financial aid
    Estimated Cost

    Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

    It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, in the fall of 2019, 98% of incoming Lesley students received some level of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

    Tuition & Fees

    Other fees may apply. 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
      $14,600
      Spring Tuition
      $14,600
    • Fees
      Activity Fees
      $250
      Materials Fees
      $150
      Registration Fees
      $80
      Lab Fees
      $40
    • Room & Board
      Double/Triple/Quad Room
      $10,060
      Housing Deposit
      $300
      Meal Plan
      $6,570
      Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
      $800
    • Total cost before financial aid
    Estimated Cost

    Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

    It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, in the fall of 2019, 98% of incoming Lesley students received some level of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

    Tuition & Fees

    Other fees may apply. 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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    Approximate cost, before financial aid, for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2020–2021 academic year.
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