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University Partnership: Lesley University
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City Year is proud to partner with Lesley University to offer City Year AmeriCorps members, alumni, and staff a 25 percent tuition discount on its graduate programs.

About Lesley University

From our location in Cambridge, Massachusetts—ranked among the top college towns in the U.S.— Lesley University empowers students to become dynamic, thoughtful leaders in education, mental health counseling, 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, 2,500 undergraduate and 5,300 graduate students pursue degrees on campus, off site, online, and through our low-residency programs. Along with our 84,000 alumni, they’re discovering the power of creativity to overcome obstacles, foster connections, and reveal fresh answers to the world’s problems.  Our graduate schools include:


 Graduate School of Education
Highly effective faculty teaching, educational innovation, an assessment system that tracks candidate performance for continuous improvement, partnerships with community schools and school systems, and scholarship are hallmarks of Lesley's education programs. The school offers a broad array of Master's programs leading to initial and professional licenses, as well as Graduate Certificates, Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study, and a PhD in Educational Studies program that empowers graduates to make institutional improvements in social and educational practices.

Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences
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 practitioners, and is renowned for its prestigious and highly ranked MFA in Creative Writing program. The school is also a leader in the fields of International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations, Mindfulness Studies, and our unique partner-based program in Global Interdisciplinary Studies.

College of Art and Design
The College of Art and Design offers MFA programs in Visual Arts and Photography.

The MFA in Visual Arts program provides the ideal solution for artists, teachers, and other professionals in related fields who are seeking advancement in visual arts. Accredited by both NEASC and NASAD, the MFA program allows students, with the guidance of our internationally known faculty and mentors, to design their own studio and academic plan for each semester.

Created to emphasize craft and concept driven photography, the MFA in Photography degree program is built upon photographic history, and the fluid integration of contemporary media with traditional, and alternative, photographic practice.

Benefits Offered

Scholarship Amount 25% tuition discount
Number of Scholarships Awarded Annually All Admitted
Application Fee Waiver Yes
Enrollment Deferral One-year deferral


Eligibility & Additional Info

  • All qualifying City Year corps members, alumni, and staff who are admitted to one of Lesley University’s on-campus or low-residency graduate degree programs will receive a scholarship equal to 25 percent off tuition.
  • Your scholarship may be renewed each semester for the full duration of your program, provided that you remain in good academic standing.
  • City Year corps members and alumni must complete at least one year of service and City Year staff members must be employed for at least two years in order to qualify for the benefit.
  • Once accepted, you may defer enrollment for up to one year if you decide to serve additional time with City Year.


To Apply

  • Find details and resources.
    Learn about Lesley’s programs, deadlines, and application process details at
  • Identify your City Year affiliation.
    Contact Lesley’s Graduate Admissions office ( or 617.349.8300), state that you served with City Year, and reference our tuition discount partnership.
  • Request City Year verification.
    To get your graduate program application fee waived and to be considered for the tuition discount scholarship, a service verification letter must be requested by emailing with "Lesley University Graduate Programs" in the subject line. Within the email, include the site where you served and your corps graduation month and year. This letter will be sent electronically by City Year Alumni Department to the Lesley Graduate Admissions Office and added to your applicant file.

Contact Lesley's Graduate Admissions Team


Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. Corps members, alumni and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines, and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.