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Counseling & Psychology

Psychology

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Explore the science of human behavior.

Lesley University’s Psychology program has been transformed! Our innovative new major -- Psychology+ -- allows you to specialize in one of 5 areas: General Psychology, Expressive Arts Therapy, Counseling, Art Therapy, or Holistic Psychology.  

Curious about how the mind works and why people think, act, and feel as they do? You’ll learn to use both scientific and creative methods to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes. You will explore mental health through different perspectives and modalities, creating more options and greater flexibility when you’re considering licenses and graduate programs. Lesley awards more degrees in mental health than any other school in New England, putting you the best place to achieve your career goals.

As a Psychology+ major, you will dive into a common set of courses that lay the groundwork for understanding the human mind and embark on two hands-on internships that put theory into practice. Each specialization offers a journey, from introductory exploration to an advanced deep dive, culminating in a senior capstone project that showcases your expertise.

Expand your understanding of such topics as neurobiology and the brain, cognition and memory, personality and mental disorders, and social development. And get ready to succeed in an increasingly complex, diverse, and global world with the foundation you'll build through our reimagined general education curriculum.

Gain invaluable real-world experience through internships in the Greater Boston area—a center for mental health research. Develop greater confidence in professional settings, guided by our expert faculty. You’ll be prepared to start your career in special needs classrooms, juvenile facilities, and community health centers, just to name a few. You’ll also be ready to pursue a graduate education in psychology. 

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 Home for Little Wanderers, Cambridge Women's Center, Bournewood Hospital, Center for Families, and more will help launch your career.

Undergraduate Program Inquiry Form

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus program

120 Credits
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Craft Creative Combinations
As a Psychology 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 and Expertise
Here’s a taste of what you’ll do in our psychology 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 1,300 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.

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 specialization in psychology, 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. You'll also 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 one year of study in this undergraduate program.
Psychology
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
    $16,663
    Spring Tuition
    $16,663
  • Fees
    Fall Comprehensive Fee
    $465
    Spring Comprehensive Fee
    $465
  • Room & Board
    Fall Health and Wellness Fee
    $465
    Spring Health and Wellness Fee
    $465
    Fall Room (double, triple, or quad room)
    $5,999
    Spring Room (double, triple, or quad room)
    $5,999
    Fall Meal Plan
    $3,961
    Spring Meal Plan
    $3,961
    Housing Deposit (one-time fee)
    $300
  • Total cost before financial aid
Estimated Cost

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, more than 98% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form 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
    $16,663
    Spring Tuition
    $16,663
  • Fees
    Fall Comprehensive Fee
    $465
    Spring Comprehensive Fee
    $465
  • Room & Board
    Fall Health and Wellness Fee
    $465
    Spring Health and Wellness Fee
    $465
    Fall Room (double, triple, or quad room)
    $5,999
    Spring Room (double, triple, or quad room)
    $5,999
    Fall Meal Plan
    $3,961
    Spring Meal Plan
    $3,961
    Housing Deposit (one-time fee)
    $300
  • 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, more than 98% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form 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 one year of study in this undergraduate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2024–2025 academic year.
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