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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. Note that some departments require a "pre-admission" evaluation.

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.

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


Application deadlines are determined by each department. Please contact the department you are applying to in order to find out the deadlines. Please note, however, that online application for admission closes as follows:

  • Spring Semester: Dec 1st (of preceeding year)
  • Summer Session: May 30th
  • Fall Semester: July 15th

A complete application consists of:

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

Continuing students who request fellowships, scholarships, RA's, TA's, and GA's which will begin in the fall semester must file a request with their academic department no later than February 1. New students who request financial aid should so indicate on the "Application for Financial Aid" to be submitted with the regular application for graduate study.

Further information may be found in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Applications for financial aid to begin in the fall term must be filed no later than January 15.

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 enter the 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.

In general, associate status is granted to those applicants who apply after the department's deadline for applications, who do not completely qualify for regular status because some element of the application is absent or incomplete, or who submit inadequate documentation of competencies in certain key areas. 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. If the online application is completed the fee must be paid with a credit card, if you are completing the PDF application you may pay the fee with a credit card or in the form of a check or money order from a U.S.-affiliated banking institution. All transcripts must be official copies validated by a school administrative officer. They must be in the original language with an official translation attached.

All international students must show proof of English proficiency to be admitted to Lehigh. The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for all graduate students whose FIRST language is not English. The TOEFL requirement may be waived if a student has completed a degree program at a U.S. university.

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.

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

For unconditional admission, applicants MUST:

  • exceed ALL minimum section scores
  • exceed the COMPOSITE minimum score.

Applicants with TOEFL iBT 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 computer or paper-based scores at this time. A minimum score of 550 for paper based scores or 213 for computer based scores is required. TOEFL information may be obtained from ETS at TOEFL test scores should be sent to the department or program of interest. Lehigh's institutional code is 2365. If official test scores cannot be provided, verifiable copies must be provided.

Financial Support

Proof of financial support is required. Only an original or notarized bank statement will be accepted as proof of support. Applicants who have been awarded financial aid from Lehigh University should indicate so on the financial guarantee. List additional sources for all accompanying dependents.

Immigration paperwork will be expedited if proof of support is sent with the application. See the Application for Financial Aid for the exact requirements. 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

Important Links

Graduate Admissions


P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Science
19 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Brianne Lisk
Manager, Graduate Programs
Phone: (610) 758-6310