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Lesley University Program Review

The mission of Lesley University is to prepare students for lives that are dedicated not only to personal success but to giving back to communities and making a difference in their fields. Students are provided with opportunities to gain the skills, knowledge and hands-on experience they’ll need to achieve their goals and to make a difference in all their endeavors. The university places great importance on students and faculty, building their creativity, ethics and critical thinking skills while developing a lifelong dedication to learning.

Edith Lesley started Lesley University in 1909 as a way to provide students in her Massachusetts community with early childhood education. 40 years later the school was much more than that, offering a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate level programs. On campus students can attend either of the school’s two campuses, one in Boston and one in Cambridge. Students are also able to take classes at more than 150 different partner institutions around the United States and with the school’s online program.

Students at Lesley will be able to take their studies in a variety of formats. Courses are available entirely online, or students can choose to pursue independent study, weekend, on-campus coursework, or work towards their degrees while doing internships or co-ops. This flexibility will allow almost anyone to find an option at Lesley that will suit their needs and requirements, no matter how crazy their current schedule is.


Online coursework at Lesley will allow students to take courses that are relevant to their working experience and that offer the flexibility to fit into student’s lives. Faculty teaching online are specially trained and will lecture, lead discussions, grade assignments and give homework all from the online environment. Online programs at Lesley are currently only available at the Master’s level and allow students to choose from education-focused majors that include specializations in Science, Technology, Ecological Teaching and more.