Within Lesley University there are four schools: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Art and Design, the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, and the Graduate School of Education.
Lesley College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Lesley has long been an innovating force in the fields of education and the applied therapies, such as art therapy and expressive arts therapy. Lesley is home to the only undergraduate program in the world for expressive arts therapy.
The small school established to prepare women how to be kindergarten teachers once known as Lesley College has grown into a university with over 20 majors in education, business management, the humanities, natural science and mathematics, psychology and the applied therapies, and social sciences.
Undergraduates begin internships in their freshman year, which Lesley believes is the cause of their 93% employment rate. Many students study abroad, in accordance with Lesley’s belief that education should reach beyond the classroom.
Within the classroom, the average class size is 16-20, with most classes hosting no more than 30 students. Students tend to thrive in as a result of this individualized attention from their professors.
According to Lesley’s website, 92% of faculty hold the highest degrees available in their field of study.
Lesley College of Art and Design
Lesley University College of Art and Design, or LUCAD, was founded in 1912 as the School of Practical Arts. In 1967, it changed its name to the Art Institute of Boston and founded Fine Arts, Photography, and Liberal Arts programs.
Although the school merged with Lesley in 1998, it did not officially change its name until 2013. In 2015, LUCAD made the move from Kenmore Square to the brand new Lunder Arts Center in Porter Square, Cambridge.
LUCAD boasts the same low student-professor ratio which leads to close, personal relationships between student and mentor. Students of the College of Art and Design complete internships in their junior and senior years to enhance their resumes and gain experience.
LUCAD offers programs in animation, design, digital filmmaking, fine arts, illustration, photography, interdisciplinary studies, and art history.
Lesley Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences
The Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, or GSASS, offers programs in counseling and
psychology, creative writing, the expressive therapies, international higher education, intercultural relations, mindfulness studies, and global interdisciplinary studies.
Lesley is quite well known for its 2-year MFA program in Creative Writing. The program consists of a nine-day residency held twice a year in which students work one-on-one with their faculty mentor in one of five concentrations: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, stage and screenwriting, and writing for young people.
Lesley Graduate School of Education
Over 34,000 alumni have come out of Lesley’s Graduate School of Education, or GSOE, which has a focus on PreK-12 education. The mission statement of GSOE partially reads that they “believe learning
is a collective endeavor that involves students, educators, families, and communities, and thrives in rich, flexible, creative environments.”
GSOE has always been before its time, offering its first online courses in 1996 and its first off-campus programs in 1980. Satellite programs with weekend intensive courses can be found in 23 states across the country.
In addition to the Master’s programs for education, Lesley also offers certification and licensure programs as well as a doctorate program.
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