The deadline to apply depends on when you plan to start the program. Call us if you apply after the deadline.
Start Term: Fall
Deadline: June 1
Start Term: Spring
Deadline: November 1
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.
Apply online for your graduate program.
Create an account and password before you start your application. You can stop and save your application, and return to complete it later.
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.
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:
Graduate Admissions Services
29 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Written 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 250–500 word personal statement.
Reflect on your personal and professional history.
Discuss the mindfulness-related experience, or academic study of mindfulness and other wisdom traditions, that have influenced your decision to apply for the mindfulness certificate program.
Discuss your skills as a critical learner, your ability to write research papers, and your ability to participate in a low-residency/online environment. Use this as an opportunity to discuss your academic strengths and weaknesses.
Show relevant work, volunteer, or academic experience on your résumé.
Come to an academic program information meeting.
A few of our graduate programs require that you attend an informational meeting at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
If you’re applying to a graduate program in Mindfulness Studies, email Lisa Lombardi (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule your meeting.
This program requires an interview with one or more faculty members, once your application file is complete and ready for review. The interview may be conducted here on the Lesley campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by phone, or by Skype. The program department will contact you to schedule the interview.