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Children, Youth, and Families, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cambridge, MA, United States
The Children, Youth, and Families program offered by Lesley University is designed to engage students in the study of children, youth, and family within the framework of multiple, interconnected contexts: community, culture and society.
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The Children, Youth, and Families program offered by Lesley University integrates multicultural perspectives throughout the course of study as students learn about the influence of class, race and ethnicity, gender, and culture on human development and family patterns. Students may choose to focus on children, adolescents, emerging adults, and/or the family development across the lifespan.

The major provides a deep foundation in theoretical and practical knowledge and integrates supervised experiential learning with knowledge acquired in classes.

Students may specialize in: Early Intervention (working with children birth to 3 years old with special needs and their families); and Teaching Infants and Toddlers for students interested in obtaining state certification as lead teacher in early child care settings.

The program provides students with a strong foundation in family and developmental studies that will prepare them for graduate studies and work in a broad range of professions.

Students will be able to:

  • critically analyze and assess key interdisciplinary theories of child, youth, and family studies.
  • examine the impact of social institutions, structures and processes on childhood and youth.
  • critically analyze the influence of class, race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality and culture on childhood and family patterns.
  • demonstrate the ability to present knowledge acquired, arguments, and analyses effectively in both oral and written forms.
  • critically evaluate and conduct social science research on childhood, youth, and family issues.


Job opportunities for graduates in this field are projected to increase by over nine percent in the next ten years. Common job titles include:
  • Social Worker
  • Director of Social Services
  • Youth Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Case Worker
  • Family Advocate
  • Community Manager

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Rolling admission after the deadline.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Children and Society
  • Sociology of Family
  • Race, Class and Gender
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Children in Global Perspective
  • Women in Culture and Society

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Official SAT/ACT test scores (without essay) will be required for applicants to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and for applicants to both undergraduate colleges
  • Students applying to BFA programs in the College of Art and Design must also submit a digital portfolio of 12-20 pieces.
  • If you are dually enrolled in college coursework or simply taking some college level classes, you may submit official college transcripts electronically through a variety of secure sites such as, but not limited to; Parchment, Credential Solutions, E-Scrip Safe, Clearinghouse, Naviance/Common Application, JST Services

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14600 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    29200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14600 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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