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How to Apply

Apply for our master's degree program in Mindfulness Studies.

If you are an international student, you'll have additional application requirements. Get the International Student application guide for this program here


Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Start Term: Fall
Deadline: June 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.

2022 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:

appstatus@lesley.edu 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

Write a 750-1250 word 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 studies program, you'll need to submit your 750-1250 word written personal statement following these guidelines:

  • 12 point font
  • Single-spaced
  • Include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the document

Topics and Questions to Address in Your Statement

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

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

Current Résumé

Show relevant work, volunteer, or academic experience on your résumé.

Program Meeting

Program Meeting

Attend an academic program information meeting.

When you apply to a graduate program in Mindfulness Studies, email Lisa Lombardi at lombardi@lesley.edu to schedule your program meeting.



This program requires an interview with the program director and/or 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 virtually. The program department will contact you to schedule the interview.

Contact Admissions

Contact Admissions