How to Apply

Apply for this Mindfulness Studies master's degree program.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

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.

Application Form

Application Form

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.

2019 Application for Admission - 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

3 Letters of Recommendation

Include 3 recent recommendations from those you’ve worked with closely in an academic or professional setting.

  • At least one of your recommendations should come from a present or former supervisor.
  • If you’re in school, or are a recent graduate, one recommendation should come 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.

Written Personal Statement

Our graduate 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.

For the mindfulness program, you'll need to submit a written personal statement and a second essay.

Write 2 admissions essays.

  • Use 12 point font
  • Single-spaced
  • Submit both essays at the same time in one (Word) document.
  • Include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the document.

Essay 1: Written Personal Statement

Write a 750–1250 word statement.

  1. Reflect on your personal and professional history. Discuss the mindfulness-related experience, and academic study of mindfulness or other wisdom traditions, that have influenced your decision to apply to the Mindfulness master’s degree program.

  2. Describe your mindfulness or contemplative practice and the ways you apply your practice in your life. Do you have experience with other forms of contemplative practice (other meditation practices, yoga, tai chi, etc.)?

  3. Discuss your long-term professional goals (new directions, opportunities, interests, skills, professional renewal, and work advancement) that you believe would be advanced or created by this program.

Essay 2: Answer 3 Questions

Answer these 3 questions in 500 words.

  1. As you review the Mindfulness Studies program of study, what aspects are attractive to you? How might you apply mindfulness in your daily life and professional practice?

  2. 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.

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


  • Retreat experience
  • Special accomplishments
  • Awards and honors
  • Unique career path
  • Academic achievements
  • Publications
  • Special interests
  • Experience in other contemplative practices such as yoga or Tai Chi

Program Meeting

Program Meeting

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 ( 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.

Contact Admissions

Contact Admissions