Frequently Asked Questions

What majors/degrees can I have to apply?
A bachelor's degree in any major - including business, engineering, liberal arts and sciences - from an accredited school.

How long will it take to get my degree?
One year. The 12-month (summer-fall-spring-summer) program starts in July.

What is the deadline to apply?
Jan. 15 for scholarship consideration and April 15 for priority review of online applications. Applications are accepted through July 1.

When do classes start?
Classes for 2015-16 start July 6, 2015.

What is the value of the program?
Your investment in the graduate program includes mentoring by experienced mentors (faculty and entrepreneurs) to help you with your success; infrastructure such as work spaces, labs and prototyping equipment to develop your technology and launch your business; access to seed funding and assistance from economic development organizations; and diverse course work tailored to develop entrepreneurial skills and culminate in the launch of your venture.

What projects can I do?
Any idea you have with a technology or technical component - biomedical, environmental, social, electronic, etc. - that you can develop as a product/company and launch at the program's end.

Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT?
No. Neither are required for admission to the program.

How much does it cost?
$40,200 ($1,340 per credit x 30 credits, paid by semester) for academic year 2014-15. (Cost for AY 2015-16 not yet available)

Are scholarships available?
Partial scholarships of up to 50% are available, based on strength of student's personal statement and proposed project. Student teams are also eligible for seed funding and lab/shop resources to develop their ideas. Graduate students who are U.S. citizens may apply for low-interest government loans.

What other resources are there to help me?
Lehigh's entrepreneurship ecosystem has more than 50 programs and organizations, including Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation; Ben Franklin Technology Partners; Small Business Development Center; Office of Technology Transfer; Integrated Product Development program; and Innovation Loft student venture space.

How is Lehigh's TE degree different from other entrepreneurship degrees?
The program is truly experiential, not a mock practice or a case study. Students are immersed in real product development that results in launching their company.

What skills will I get from the program?
Product development, visual thinking, design thinking, creativity, prototyping, intellectual property creation, technology application. Ability to understand and apply concepts in a global context. Ability to develop both broad and specific contextual approaches to your product/business. Entrepreneurial mindset. Ability to recognize a problem as an opportunity to create an innovative solution. Access resources needed to solve the problem and create value.

How will this benefit me in my career?
Today's market demands and rewards an entrepreneurial mindset, contextual problem solving and hands-on experience. Whether you're launching your own company or joining an existing one, skills gained through the program differentiate you and equip you for success.

Do I need to already have a project or idea?
No. You may join a team working on a project.

What is "technical entrepreneurship?"
Projects need to have a technological or technical component and be able to be launched, whether as a business, product, nonprofit, etc.

How many students are in the program?
20-30 students work together as a cohort throughout the program.

Are there online options?

No. It is a full-time residential degree program.

Who teaches the courses?
Courses are taught by Lehigh's outstanding cross-disciplinary faculty, with real-world experience in new product development leading to commercialization, creativity and design thinking, startup ventures, and more.

What is in the curriculum?
Product and business development, creativity methods, personal development, visual communication, prototyping, design thinking, business plans, entrepreneurial startups.

Do my grades depend on the success of my product or venture?
No. Grades apply to the process, not the outcome.

What undergrad GPA do I need?
Minimum 2.75 GPA; conditional admission possible if lower.

Do I have to apply through Lehigh's Engineering College?
Yes. The degree is based in Lehigh's College of Engineering and Applied Science. Apply online by April 15 for priority consideration.

Do I need to be an engineer?
No. The program is designed to teach entrepreneurship to students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds.

Where is Lehigh University?
Lehigh is located in Bethlehem, PA, in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, in close proximity to New York City and Philadelphia.

Why choose Lehigh University?
Lehigh emphasizes student-initiated products and startups. It has proven and successful infrastructures, resources, and networks that guide and propel students from idea to reality.

Where can I get more information?
www.lehigh.edu/innovate
innovate@lehigh.edu
(610) 758-4789

Technical Entrepreneurship @ Lehigh