Tuition rates and fees vary by program, and are effective as of June 1 each year. Rates are subject to change.
Review our Glossary of Fees for an explanation of the various fees and what they cover.
We offer a few discounts for graduate students. For example, a 10 percent tuition discount for many of our campus-based graduate programs. You may be eligible if you are a Lesley alum, a senior (age 55+), a Cambridge, Massachusetts resident, or a City of Cambridge employee. Or, get a 25 percent discount if you are affiliated with City Year. Learn more about our graduate tuition discounts.
Master's Degree and Certificate Programs
Certificate Program Tuition
Certificate Programs 2016–2017 2017–2018 Arts and Health (On campus) $975/credit $975/credit Counseling Psychology (On campus) $975/credit $975/credit Education (On campus) $975/credit $975/credit Education (Online) $610/credit $625/credit Education (Off campus) $610/credit $625/credit Expressive Therapies (On campus) $975/credit $975/credit Mindfulness (Low residency) $975/credit $975/credit
Master’s Degree & Licensure Programs Tuition
Counseling/Psychology 2016–2017 2017–2018 Clinical Mental Health Counseling (On campus) $975/credit $1,100/credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Off campus) $610/credit $625/credit Counseling Psychology (On campus) $975/credit $1,100/credit Expressive Therapies (On-campus & Low-residency) $975/credit $1,100/credit Education Ecological Teaching and Learning MS (Off campus) $610/credit $625/credit M.Ed. and License Only (On campus) $975/credit $975/credit M.Ed. Early Childhood in Somerville Lesley courses $975/credit $975/credit M.Ed. Early Childhood in Somerville Somerville courses $300/credit $200–300/credit M.Ed. Elementary Education (Hybrid) $750/credit $750/credit M.Ed. Elementary Education Urban Initiative Lesley courses $975/credit $975/credit M.Ed. Elementary Education Urban Initiative School-based courses $200/credit $200/credit M.Ed. and License Only (Online) $610/credit $625/credit M.Ed. (Off campus) $610/credit $625/credit Teacher Residency Programs (Collaborative Schools) Varies by school Varies by school International Higher Education & Intercultural Relations (On campus) $975/credit $975/credit Management (Online) $610/credit $625/credit Mindfulness Studies (Low residency) $975/credit $975/credit MFA Programs Creative Writing MFA (Low residency) $975/credit $975/credit Photography MFA (On campus) $975/credit $975/credit Visual Arts MFA (Low residency) $975/credit* $975/credit* *Students who entered the MFA in Visual Arts program prior to June 2015 are grandfathered into the rate they had when they started the program.
Graduate Fees 2016–2017 2017–2018 Activity Fee For on-campus programs, if taking 6+ credits in a semester. $30/Fall & Spring $30/Fall & Spring Affiliation Fee For specific education courses. $975 (one-time fee) $975 (one-time fee) Assessment Fees For specific education courses. Education Programs: Reading $35/course $35/course Education Programs: Special Education $100/course $100/course Degree Completion Fee $75 $75 Field Experience Fees For graduate programs with an internship or practicum. Counseling/Psychology $395/internship $545/internship Expressive Therapies $545/internship $545/internship Education $395/practicum $500/practicum MAP E-portfolio Fee Education: M.Ed. and License Only programs $150 $150 Materials Fees (estimates) Arts in Health $30/course $30/course Counseling Psychology CAGS $210 (one-time fee) $210 (one-time fee) Counseling Psychology Master’s and Grad Certificates $30/course $30/course Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s $240 (one-time fee) $240 (one-time fee) Education (On & off campus) $10/course $10/course Expressive Therapies Certificate $30/course $30/course Expressive Therapies Master’s (On campus & low residency) $350 (one-time fee) $350 (one-time fee) International Higher Education & Intercultural Relations $15/course $15/course Mindfulness Studies $15/course $15/course Practicum Fees $35/internship $35/internship Registration Fees $40/semester
Residency Fees Some low-residency programs charge this fee. Creative Writing MFA $350/residency $500/residency Mindfulness Studies (Master’s & Certificate) $350/residency $350/residency Ecological Teaching and Learning MS $2,500/residency $2,500/residency Visual Arts MFA (residency fee) $350/residency $350/residency Visual Arts MFA (culminating fee) Charged in your last residency. $350 (one-time fee) $350 (one-time fee) Studio Fees Photography MFA $250/semester $250/semester Technology Fee $30/online course $30/online course
Student Health Insurance (Graduate)
You'll be billed for student health insurance if you're half- or full-time in an on-campus graduate program, unless you opt out. Low-residency students are not eligible for the Student Health Insurance plan.
Learn more about Student Health Insurance.
Student Health Insurance (Graduate) 2016–2017 2017–2018 Annual Rate $4,162 $4.561 Spring-Only Rate $2,796 2,675
Tuition Insurance (optional)
If you would like tuition insurance, you'll need to opt in to participate.
Tuition Insurance (optional) 2016–2017 2017–2018 Part-time (at least 6 credits) $44/semester $49.50/semester Full-time (9 credits) $66/semester $74.25/semester Full-time (12 credits) $88/semester $99/semester Full-time (15 credits) $110/semester $123.75/semester
Learn more about Tuition Insurance.
Late Fees & Penalties
2016-2017 2017-2018 Late Registration Fee $100/semester $100/semester Late Payment Fee $100/month $100/month Returned Check Fee $50 $50 Declined Credit Card Fee $50 $50 Replacement Check Fee $20 $20