How to Apply

Apply for this MFA in Photography program.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

The MFA in Photography program always starts in the Fall semester.

Deadline: March 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.

Application Form

Application Form

Apply online for your MFA program.

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

Apply Online

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: or

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

2 Letters of Recommendation

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

  • Both recommendations should come from people who are familiar with your studio practice.

  • If you’re in school, or are a recent graduate, one recommendation should be from a professor and it should address your writing and art-making skills.

  • 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.


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 750–1250 word personal statement.

    Include the following in your statement:

    1. A 250 word statement about your goals for the MFA in Photography program.

    2. A 250–500 word personal essay stating conceptual framework and artistic or autobiographical influences.

    Upload your written personal statement, and résumé, through SlideRoom.

    Submit a current résumé.

    Show your art education and work experience, exhibitions and awards, publications, and other relevant professional experience on your résumé.

    Portfolio Requirements

    Portfolio Requirements

    You'll need to submit a digital portfolio of your most recent and strongest work.


    • 15–20 works that demonstrate your clear photographic vision
    • Images should be in jpeg or png format at 150 pixels per inch (PPI) and at 900 pixels, or 6 inches, on the longest dimension.

    Upload your portfolio in Slideroom.

    1. Create a Slideroom account.
    2. Choose “Master of Fine Arts in Photography.”
    3. Upload each image, adding the title, size, date, and medium for each one.
    4. Pay the $12 fee.

    Contact Admissions

    Contact Admissions