Located eight miles from downtown Boston in the town of Newton, Mass., Lasell College is a private, nonsectarian university. In 1851, the college was founded as the Auburndale Female Seminary; at that time, it was the first two-year college for women in the United States. In 1932, the name was officially changed to Lasell Junior College; in 1989, the school was chartered as a four-year institution. Although Lasell opened its doors to men in 1997, more than 60% of the student population are females. Today, Lasell’s online degree programs make it a popular destination for learners across the country.
More than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs are available at Lasell. Areas of study in which a bachelor’s degree may be earned include arts management, environmental studies, exercise science, psychology, and six areas of business. Nearly 30 undergraduate minors — including aging and intergenerational studies, sports communication, and youth and crime — are also available. At the graduate level, students may earn degrees in traditional fields like elementary education, human resources management, and public relations, as well as more eclectic disciplines such as elder marketing, special education: moderate disabilities, and fundraising management. Most of Lasell’s graduate programs are classified as either completely online or ‘hybrid,’ meaning they consist of classroom and online components; three programs — sport hospitality management, sport leadership, and sport non-profit management — are only offered online at both the master’s degree and certificate levels.
Lasell emphasizes regional stewardship, and all students are expected to apply what they have learned in their course work to outreach efforts, awareness campaigns, and other projects within local communities. For example, students in the school’s athletic training program attend major sporting events in the area — such as the Olympic Development Program for Youth Soccer, the Bay State Games, and the Boston Marathon — and care for injured participants. This high degree of community involvement is a major point of pride among Lasell students, faculty, and alumni.
Lasell’s graduate and professional studies programs run year-round; start dates are available in January, March, May, July, September, October. Students can choose to study part-time (six or fewer credit hours) or full-time (nine credit hours). Courses held exclusively online are accelerated and take up to seven weeks to complete. Hybrid courses are offered in both seven- and 14-week sessions. For the former, students meet on campus once per week; for the latter, they meet on campus once every other week. Tuition for an average undergraduate degree is $27,800 per year, or $940 per credit hour; graduate tuition, on the other hand, costs $575 per credit hour.
While it’s a far cry from traditional higher education, Lasell College has been breaking academic conventions for more than 150 years — and the innovative little New England school doesn’t show signs of conforming anytime soon. This school is a great destination for students who would like to earn a specialized degree, receive a great deal of individualized attention from educators, and make a positive impact on their local community. And thanks to Lasell’s online and hybrid graduate programs, the college should remain a popular choice among master’s-level students for years to come.