The deadline for applying depends on when you plan to start.
Complete your program's requirements by these dates. Call us if you apply after the deadline.
Start Term: Fall
Suggested Deadline: June 1
Start Term: Spring
Suggested Deadline: November 1
Start Term: Summer
Suggested Deadline: March 15
International applicants need to submit all required admissions documents by the application deadline for the start term.
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 education 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
Foreign Academic Credentials Evaluation
A credential evaluation helps us understand the courses you’ve taken, the grades you’ve earned, or the degree you’ve received from an institution outside the United States.
Get an independent credential evaluation of your transcripts to determine U.S. equivalency.
You’ll need a document-by-document evaluation. Exception: Expressive Therapies master's degree programs require a course-by-course evaluation instead.
Contact one of these agencies to get your credentials evaluated.
- World Education Services
- Center for Educational Documentation
- Educational Credential Evaluators Inc.
- Global Credential Evaluators
If you’re submitting a foreign academic credential evaluation, unofficial transcripts are acceptable for your transcript requirement if official transcripts were provided to the evaluation agency.
2 Letters of Recommendation
Include 2 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.
English Language Proficiency
We want you to be successful in your program. If your native language is not English, we require that you provide proof of your English proficiency.
You can show your proficiency in one of these ways:
- We require a minimum score of 105 on this test.
- Minimum score of 80 on the Internet test.
- Submit your score. Use Lesley University’s CEEB code: 3483.
- A score of 6.5 or higher
- Contact the center where you took the test. Request that they send your official Test Report Form to Lesley University.
- C1 Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English)
- C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Partnerships
We have partnered with several language schools to help you meet the English requirement. Complete the curriculum at one of the schools, at the specified level.
Then, get a letter from the program coordinator or teacher. The letter should explain that your English is proficient for college-level study.
Here are our partner schools and levels we require:
- ASC English in Boston
Complete Level 5.
- Boston International Academy
Undergraduate Students: Complete High Advanced I Level.
Graduate Students: Complete High Advanced II Level.
- Boston University Center for English Language and Orientation Programs (CELOP)
Complete Level 7 with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Embassy English
Complete Level C1.
- FLS International
Complete Level 15.
- Stafford House International
Complete Level 6.
English Language Requirement Waiver
If English is not your native language, but you’ve graduated from a school or program that was taught in English, you may qualify to have the language requirement waived.
If it’s not noted on your transcript, request a letter from your high school, college, or university stating your language of instruction was English.
Our Reading Specialist graduate programs require an initial teaching license as a prerequisite. Please submit a copy of the teaching licenses or certifications you hold.
Written Personal Statement
Your written personal statement gives us insight into your purpose for pursuing a graduate program, your interest in and knowledge of the chosen area of focus, and your writing skills.
The Admissions Committee carefully reviews each application. We encourage you to prepare and review this statement thoughtfully before you submit it.
Write a 750–1000 word personal statement.
Lesley University's Graduate School of Education is guided by core values of democracy, equity, community, inquiry, professionalism, and leadership. The university is committed to practices fostering inclusion and social justice. Consider our core values while addressing the following in your statement:
Your interests in the field of education and the specific graduate program to which you are applying. Highlight your beliefs on the responsibility of an educator to foster inclusion and social justice.
How your personal and professional experiences have influenced and prepared you to seek admission to the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University.
Any unusual or extenuating circumstances in your academic history (if applicable) and your plan for achieving success in your graduate program.
Include your full name at the top of your written personal statement document.
Your written personal statement:
- 750–1000 words in length
- 1-inch margins
- 12-point font
Submit your written personal statement electronically in 1 of 2 ways:
- Upload the file as part of your Application for Admission.
- Send your personal statement separately by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show relevant work, volunteer, or academic experience on your résumé.