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How to Apply

Apply for this PhD in Educational Studies: Individually Designed program.

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

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.

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 2020.

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. The admissions committee reviews these statements for excellence in thinking and writing, focus and depth, communication style, coherence in thought, and clarity of your doctoral study goals.

Write a 2500–3750 word personal statement.

Include why you are pursuing a degree program at this time, and at Lesley University. Discuss how your thinking about your research has developed as a result of your education, reading, and professional or personal experience.

Address these 4 areas in your narrative.

When responding to the questions, discuss the social and intellectual issues that have engaged you.

  1. Describe the professional and academic work you have completed thus far and reflect on how it informs your thinking about doctoral study.

  2. Considering your past professional and academic experiences and your goals for doctoral study, identify and describe in detail the areas of study that would help to build on your current knowledge. Include academic literature that has influenced your thinking.

  3. Imagine you had to submit a proposal outlining your plan for doctoral study. What are the burning questions you’d like to pursue? What’s your plan for exploring those questions? What ideas, activities, and resources might you include in this plan?

  4. Why are you applying to this doctoral program at Lesley University? Describe the alignment you see between your areas of interest and this doctoral program in Educational Studies.

Current Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

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

Contact Admissions

Contact Admissions