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Graduate Admissions

Students interested in pursuing graduate studies at the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science should begin by reading the relevant departmental guidelines and policies below.

After reviewing the specific requirements for each department, follow the application instructions provided below.

Application for admission (all semesters) can be completed online using our online application. Payment for the online admissions form must be made by credit card or electronic check.

To learn more about graduate admissions, choose a topic below:

Note: Current graduate students seeking forms and other information related to administration of their degree should review the College's Graduate Student Information page.

Deadlines

Application deadlines are determined by each department. Please contact the department you are applying to in order to find out the deadlines. However, applicants wishing to be considered for the types of financial assistance discussed below must submit a complete application no later than January 15th for a fall semester start.

A complete application consists of:

  1. Completed Graduate Engineering Online Application for Admission;
  2. Official transcripts from all post-secondary education institutions attended;
  3. $75 application fee;
  4. Two letters of recommendation;
  5. Official test scores-if required.

Further information may be found in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance for Graduate Students is available in several forms:

  • Fellowships are provided by donors, corporations and government agencies. Awards, which are made by the university, include a monthly stipend and tuition remission. No duties are required of the recipient. Awards are based on superior performance as an undergraduate and graduate student.
  • Research Assistantships typically provide a stipend plus tuition remission. Duties include assisting with research programs sponsored by industrial concerns, technical associations and government agencies. Requirements include an interest in, and qualifications for, the research being performed.
  • Teaching Assistantships provide a stipend plus tuition. Duties include helping the faculty grade undergraduate quizzes and homework, and helping teach classes and laboratories. Qualifications include graduation from an engineering or related curriculum and a demonstrated competence in speaking and writing English.
  • Scholarships cover all or part of the cost of tuition. Awards are based on academic promise and financial need. No services are required in return.

Admission Requirements

Admission Status

An applicant may be admitted to a graduate program as a regular or an associate graduate student. Only regular graduate students are candidates for graduate degrees. Students who do not wish to enter a degree program may be admitted as non-degree students; see this link for information on how to apply as a non-degree student. International students must be admitted under regular status for immigration paperwork to be completed. Except for qualified Lehigh undergraduates, only those who have been officially admitted as regular, associate, or non-degree students may register for graduate courses.

Prospective graduate students who do not qualify for regular student status may be offered admission with associate graduate student status.  However, since each department's classification and requirements of associate students is different, you must check with the department to determine if you qualify to be admitted under associate status. Associate students must complete the first nine consecutive credit hours with at most one grade below B-. They will not be permitted to continue if they receive a grade below C. After nine credit hours of coursework, associate students must petition for regular status. Individual departments may require more rigorous probationary standard.

Policy of Equality

It is the policy of Lehigh University to provide equal opportunity on the basis of merit and without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national original citizenship status, handicap, or veteran status.

International Students

International applicants to the Graduate Programs of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science must hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent foreign degree. Applicants must submit all documents listed above and below this section, including the application fee. All transcripts must be official copies validated by a school administrative officer. They must be in the original language with an official English translation attached.

English Proficiency

Either the Internet-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Test System) is required for all graduate students whose FIRST language is not English. All international students must show proof of English proficiency to be admitted to Lehigh. The English proficiency requirement may be waived if a student has completed a degree program at a U.S. university within the past two years. A waiver of this requirement will be granted after a review of the submitted online application materials. Applicants should check with the appropriate admission office to verify if they are eligible for a waiver.

The scores below represent minimum individual section and composite TOEFL iBT levels that applicants must attain in order to be admitted to the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Science graduate programs without conditional English enhancement training. Please note that some individual departments or programs may have higher minimum requirements. Applicants should consult with the department or program of interest directly in order to be certain of the requirements that apply to them.

Internet-based TOEFL

  • Reading — 20
  • Listening — 15
  • Speaking — 20
  • Writing — 20
  • COMPOSITE — 79

IELTS

  • Reading — 6.5
  • Listening —6.0
  • Speaking —6.5
  • Writing — 6.0
  • OVERALL — 6.5

For unconditional admission, applicants MUST:

  • Obtain or exceed ALL minimum section scores
  • Obtain or exceed the COMPOSITE/OVERALL minimum score.

Applicants with test scores that do not meet the above minimum requirements can still be considered for admission with conditional English enhancement training required. In such cases applicants should consult with the department or program of interest for more details.

If the TOEFL iBT is currently not available in your home country you may still submit paper-based scores at this time. A minimum score of 550 for paper based scores is required. TOEFL information may be obtained from ETS at ets.org/toefl. Lehigh's institutional code is 2365. IELTS information can be found at ielts.org. Official test scores must be submitted from the testing agencies directly in order for this requirement to be satisfied.

Financial Support

Proof of financial support is required of all International applicants that are granted admission without funding. Notarized bank statements or financial affidavits can be uploaded during the online application process or sent after a decision is released.  Immigration paperwork will be expedited if proof of support is sent with the application. For more information, see International Students and Scholars.

Visa papers are issued only to students admitted as regular, full-time students. The following items are required before immigration documents can be issued:

  • Original or notarized financial guarantee.
  • Original or notarized TOEFL test scores

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