How to Apply

Apply for the PhD in Educational Studies: Educational Leadership program.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

The PhD in Educational Leadership program and the PhD in Human Development & Learning program both begin in the summer.

Priority Deadline: February 15

Extended Deadline: March 15
We will be accepting applications through March 15 on a space available basis.



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 a PhD program.

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

Once you’ve created an account and started your application, you’ll be able to begin submitting the necessary documents for your application file as you obtain them.

Apply now for 2019.

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

Submit 3 recent recommendations from those you’ve worked with closely in an academic or professional setting. You can submit your letters with your online application.

  • 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.

Doctoral Program Recommendations

Recommendations should address your readiness for doctoral level study, your commitment to the field, and an assessment of success in your current role.

Your third recommendation needs to be from a person who holds a doctoral degree who can attest to your ability to complete doctoral study successfully.

Standardized Test Scores

Your PhD program requires the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Send your GRE or MAT scores to us. We'll accept scores from tests you've taken within the past 5 years.

For the GRE

Lesley University's CEEB (College Entrance Exam Board) number is 3483.

For the MAT

Lesley University's MAT number is 1214.

Written Personal Statement

The written personal statement is a vital component of your doctoral application. In your personal statement, clearly and fully articulate your purpose for pursuing a degree program at Lesley University. Incorporate how your education, readings, and personal and professional experiences have informed your thinking.

The doctoral admissions committee reviews these statements for excellence regarding clarity, overall coherence, writing style, and focus and depth of content. The suggested length of the written personal statement is approximately 10 pages.

Write a 10-page personal statement.

Address these 3 areas in your narrative.

  1. Describe an issue related to educational leadership in which you have a deep interest. State how this issue is relevant to educational leadership.

  2. Explain the professional, personal, or academic experiences that have drawn you to this interest and the questions this interest raises for you.

  3. Tell us about your familiarity with existing scholarship. Refer to theoretical or research-based literature that is relevant to your areas of interests.

Current Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

Show evidence of 3 years of professional experience on your résumé or CV.

Contact Admissions

Contact Admissions