Our Education PhD programs start in Fall.
Extended Deadline: July 15
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Written Personal Statement
The written personal statement is a vital component of your doctoral application. In your personal statement, clearly and fully articlulate your purpose for pursuing a degee 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 the following 5 areas in your narrative.
- Describe an issue related to human development and learning in which you have a deep interest. State how this issue is relevant to human development and learning.
- Explain the professional, personal, or academic experiences that have drawn you to this interest and the questions this interest raises for you.
- Tell us about your familiarity with existing scholarship. Refer to theoretical or research-based literature that is relevant to your areas of interest.
- Tell us your thoughts regarding the nature of development and how you distinguish developmental change from other types of change.
- Explain the relationship between learning and development. Provide examples.
Current Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
Show evidence of 3 years of professional experience on your résumé or CV.