Application Information


MA in Yoga Studies: Residency and Low-Residency programs

The Yoga Studies program admits a new class each fall semester. A Bachelor’s degree and GPA of at least 3.0 are required for consideration.
There is no GRE requirement. We look for both a strong academic background and dedication to the tradition of Yoga. 


Priority Admission Application Deadline: March 15

Priority deadline is March 15th for entrance in Fall term. Applications received after this deadline will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Scholarship Application Deadline: April 7

Prospective students who wish to be considered for scholarships and grants must fill out a separate application. The priority deadline for financial award applications is April 7th. Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis after this date.

Application Steps:

1) Application:
Begin your application by clicking here.
2) Transcript(s):
Official transcript(s) must be sent directly from the undergraduate institution to the Graduate Admissions office.
3) Letter of Intent:
The letter of intent should address the applicant's academic background, interest in Yoga Studies, and her or his background in the field of Yoga. The letter should also indicate what the applicant hopes to learn and achieve in the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies program. Letters of intent average three to five pages. Please note at the top of your letter of intent which MA program you are applying to: the Residency program in Los Angeles or the Low-Residency program online.
4) Two Letters of Recommendation:
We recommend that applicants submit a letter from 1) a teacher or professor; and 2) a personal or work reference. The letter should indicate for how long and in what capacity the recommender has known the applicant.
5) A Short Video Introduction:

So the admissions committee can get to know you, please create a short (five minute) video of introduction. This video is a companion piece to the Letter of Intent, a chance for us to know your personal history in the field of Yoga, your current intentions and goals for the future. Please address the following questions: Why LMU Yoga Studies and why now? What is your academic background? What is your Yoga background? What part of the academic study of Yoga most interests you, and/or which of the listed classes do you most look forward to?

Upload the video on private setting and send directly to Program Administrator Sarah Herrington. For more information on this, feel free to contact the Program Administrator, Sarah Herrington:

Instructions on how to upload to Youtube

6) Essay Response:

Read the Premodern Yoga Systems chapter from Selling Yoga by Andrea Jain. In five pages respond to the following:

1) Summarize key features of "Premodern Yoga" as converyed by Professor Andrea Jain
2) What aspect of the chapter resonates with your experience of Yoga? Why?

Please email your essay response to Yoga Studies Program Administrator Sarah Herrington at

7) ***International Applicants Only***

Please Submit to Graduate Admissions:

  • Language Test Scores (TOEFL or IELTS)
  • Transcript Translation and Evaluation

For more information, please contact us.