Lesley University creates opportunities for faculty and students to push educational boundaries in ways that positively impact local, national, global and ecological communities.
The school's mission to educate tomorrow's artists and designers, and support public engagement in the arts is fulfilled through BFA, MFA, and Certificate programs, along with educational opportunities for high school students and teachers of art. The school's future home in Porter Square, Cambridge, has been designed as a nexus for community arts events and activities, in addition to offering state of the art facilities to students.
Formerly referred to as Lesley College, and founded in 1909 as a school to prepare kindergarten teachers, the undergraduate college supports 21 liberal arts and professional studies majors and is home to Lesley's Center for the Adult Learner. Student engagement, faculty mentorship, creativity, innovation, and the integration of classroom theory with professional practice define the learning experience.
Offering creative and integrative programs to those seeking professional growth in diverse areas of human development, the school is credited with pioneering the field of Expressive Therapies, producing exceptional mental health and counseling practitoners, and is renowned for its prestigious and highly ranked MFA in Creative Writing program. The school is also a leader in the fields of Intercultural Relations and Mindfulness education and is one of the few schools in the country to offer a self-designed Master's degree.
Highly effective faculty teaching, scholarship, involvement in community schools, and partnerships with school systems are hallmarks of Lesley's education programs, attracting nearly 2800 students annually. The school offers a broad array of programs leading to initial and professional licenses, as well as Advanced Professional Certificates, Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study, and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies program to support education reform and exceptional leadership.
“Earlier in my career, I was raising a family, working full-time during the day, and trying to further my education. Lesley was one of the first institutions in the country to offer an accelerated master’s degree and it was exactly what I was looking for at that time. My career has been very successful and rewarding since completing that program. Lesley provides quality programs along with the vision to help people succeed. Thanks!”
–Paul Dattoli, Alumnus, M.S. in Management
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