Lesley University empowers students to become dynamic, thoughtful leaders in education, mental health counseling, social work, business, science, and the arts. Located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, home to the world’s best-known universities, Lesley combines an intensely creative environment with the practical experience students need to succeed in their careers. Each year, more than 2,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students pursue their degrees at Lesley. As did our more than 90,000 alumni, they’re discovering the power of creativity to overcome obstacles, make connections, and reveal fresh answers to the world’s problems.



Our community reflects many perspectives and life experiences. We’re committed to infusing the tenets of equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice throughout the institution. We strive for an environment where people can participate equally and fully, where all individuals can express their identities and perspectives, and where members of the community can effectively engage across difference in a community that is grounded in understanding, trust, and connectedness.



Special Education Program Scholarship

The Anne Larkin Scholarship is awarded to a newly-accepted student in an on-campus special education master’s degree program. This one-time award is based on the strength of your application to Lesley University. You’ll find out if you’ve received a Larkin scholarship in your acceptance letter. We give preference to applicants with a strong written personal statement and a 3.5 or higher GPA in their most recent degree-granting program.

Specialist Teacher of Reading Program Scholarships

Our Language and Literacy Division offers two scholarships and one paid assistantship for students in our graduate Specialist Teacher of Reading programs.

Doctoral Program in Educational Studies

Beginning in Fall 2022, the Center for Inclusive and Special Education and its Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity (LIfTS) will offer three exciting opportunities to doctoral students in the Graduate School of Education:

  • Research Fellowship position to a student interested in inclusive education. This position offers up to $12,000 for a one year appointment (September–June).
  • Research Fellowship position to a student interested in trauma and learning. This position offers up to $12,000 for a one year appointment (September–June).
  • Up to six Research Associate positions. This position offers a stipend up to $1,000 for a one year appointment (September–June).

Each appointment also allows students to enroll in one trauma and learning LIfTS course per semester at no charge, and provides students with a unique opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the field and collaborate on research projects.  

Federal TEACH Grant for Education Students

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is federal money that supports students who are studying to become teachers. Specifically, it’s for educators who plan to work in a low-income school and teach a high-need subject area after graduation.

It was created by the U.S. Department of Education to get the best teachers where they are needed most—helping our nation’s most disadvantaged students to succeed.

Online Application Process

Lesley University Office of Graduate Admissions