How to Apply

Apply for an online master's degree program.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Online programs begin at various times throughout the year, so the deadlines are on a rolling basis.

We’ll make a decision once we’ve received all of your materials. Email online@lesley.edu for recommended deadlines.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites

Check your program page for prerequisites.

Our graduate programs require that you have an undergraduate degree. Some programs have other prerequisite requirements, such as coursework, certification or license, or master’s degree in a specific field.

Application Form

Application Form

Apply for an online program.

Create an account and password before you start your application. You can stop and save your application, and return to complete it later.

Submit Documents

Submit Documents

You'll need to submit the following supporting materials.

You can send the documents separately, but we won't be able to make an admissions decision until we've received everything.

Official Transcripts

Have each institution where you earned an undergraduate or graduate degree send us your official transcript.

If your transcript is not in English, provide a notarized translation of it.

If you’re enrolled in a degree program when you apply, submit your transcript of the courses you’ve taken to date. Submit your final official transcript once you’ve completed the degree program.

Your transcripts need to be:

  • Conferred by regionally accredited colleges or universities
  • Original documents bearing the official institutional stamp
  • Received by Graduate Admissions Services in envelopes sealed by the sending institution, or sent electronically directly from the institution

Send transcripts to:

appstatus@lesley.edu or

Lesley University
Graduate Admissions Services
29 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

2 Letters of Recommendation

Submit 2 recent recommendations from people you've worked with closely in an academic or professional setting.

  • At least one recommendation should come from a present or former supervisor.

  • If you’re in school, or are a recent graduate, the second recommendation should be from a professor.

  • We don’t accept recommendations written by friends or family, or that were written more 2 years before your application date.

Within your online application form, include the names and emails of the people writing your letters of recommendation. They'll receive an email from you with an electronic recommendation form, and they can upload a letter if they choose.

Teaching Licenses

If the program you’re applying to requires an initial teaching license as a prerequisite, you’ll need to submit a copy of the licenses or certifications you hold.

Written Personal Statement

All of our online programs require that you write a personal statement. Your written personal statement gives us insight into your motivation, purpose in pursuing a degree program, writing skills, and communication style. It’s an important part of our review process.

Write a 600–900 word (2–3 pages) personal statement.

Use narrative form and address these questions:

  1. Reflect on your personal and professional history. What forces have influenced your professional growth and contributed to your decision to seek admission to this Lesley University program?

  2. What are your long-term professional goals (new directions, opportunities, interests, skills, professional renewal, or work advancement), and how does this Lesley University program help you to meet them?

  3. Is there other information you think would help the admissions committee understand you better? Examples:

  • Special interests
  • Publications
  • Academic achievements
  • Supervisors' references
  • Unusual career path
  • Awards and/or honors
  • Special accomplishments
  • Leadership abilities

Submit your written personal statement electronically in one of two ways:

  1. Upload the file as part of your application for admission.
  2. Email it to onlinedocs@lesley.edu.

Include your full name on the top of the document.

Contact Admissions

Contact Admissions