Everything you need to know about how to apply
Wondering how to apply to our one year MBA program? All the application deadlines and requirements can be found below. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are extended to the next business day. We recommend that you start gathering your materials a few months in advance of the application deadline. This ensures that you have enough time to request transcripts from your undergraduate institution, register for and take the GMAT or GRE, and obtain letters of recommendations from past professors or employers.
Early Decision: October 25
Priority: January 10
Final for Domestic Students: May 15
Final for International Students: April 19
To apply for the Lehigh 1-MBA Program, use Lehigh's online application system. There is $75 application fee.
The Lehigh 1-MBA application essay should provide a summary of your career objectives and relevant work experience with reference to the chosen field of graduate study, and the leadership experience and skills you will bring to your peer group. This is your opportunity to set yourself apart from the other applicants, in your own words. The essay should be uploaded in the online application.
Your professional resume should list your education and professional achievements. Include your computing skills. The resume should be uploaded in the online application.
Candidates must have at least two years of full-time, professional post-baccalaureate employment. Internships and co-ops do not apply to the three-year rule.
The GMAT or GRE test score submission is Optional* for 1-MBA applicants. Applicants who choose not to submit a GMAT or GRE test score should provide us with evidence in their application that they can be successful in the 1-MBA program without a GMAT or GRE score. Applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee, but this is no guarantee of acceptance.
Please see a list of examples below that would be considered as evidence of the ability to be successful in the program without a GMAT or GRE exam:
- A strong undergraduate and/or graduate record, including performance in analytical coursework, no less than 3 courses
- Professional or Licensed Certifications (CPA, CMA, CFA, PE)
- Master’s or advanced degree in an analytical discipline
The admissions committee reserves the right to request a GMAT or GRE score for any applicant, as well as MBA leveling work as part of any offer of admission.
Test scores are required for Tier 1 merit based scholarship consideration, such as the Asa Packer Social Entrepreneurship Award (ASPEA) and Dean's Scholarship.
Applicants choosing not to submit test scores will receive one of three responses from the admissions committee upon completion of all other application materials:
- Acceptance into the 1-MBA program
- Request from the Admissions Committee for a GMAT or GRE test score submission
- Denied Admission into the 1-MBA Program
* “OPTIONAL” means it is at the discretion of the applicant whether they feel a GMAT or GRE test score submission strengthens their application.
GMAT scores will be accepted for evaluation as long as your official score is available through the testing service. Please indicate on your online application the date you are taking [or have taken] the GMAT.
GMAT test center, test information, and test preparation materials can be found by visiting the Graduate Management Admission Council ® [GMAC] website at www.mba.com.
Please use the proper program code shown below to have your official scores sent to Lehigh. Our office keeps GMAT scores on file for a period of five years. Official scores normally arrive at the MBA office two weeks after the exam has been taken.
Program: 1-MBA | GMAT Code: 6ZB-FN-50 | GRE Code: 2365
You must submit official transcripts from ALL universities attended, all post-secondary education including transfer credits. Official transcripts must bear the signature of the university’s registrar and the seal of issuing institution.
Official electronic transcripts are the preferred method of receipt. If the institution offers an electronic transcript service please have the institution send them directly to email@example.com.
If the institution does not issue electronic transcripts, the official transcripts must be submitted to us in a sealed envelope and may not be opened by you. In addition, unofficial copies of transcripts should be uploaded to the online application. Please mail official transcripts to:
Graduate Programs Office
College of Business
621 Taylor St.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
International applicants, in general, must have 16 years of formal education, including four years at the university level (degree granting program), to be considered for admission to the Lehigh 1-MBA program. Applicants should submit official English translations. If credentials do not record the awarding of the degree received, you must submit certified true copies of your diplomas. If credentials do not show the grading system used by the university, you must also submit a separate official statement from the university that gives this information.
International students who cannot provide the required documentation will have to supply a Course by Course Evaluation (fees for this service are the responsibility of the applicant). The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, www.naces.org lists a number of accredited evaluation companies that can provide Course by Course Evaluations.
Applicants from China:
CollegeNet China Credential Service
Applicants from Chinese institutions may request and submit official transcripts directly through the graduate application. Requests are submitted and processed by CHESICC. A service fee of $12 is charged by CollegeNET.
After entering your college/institution in the educational history section of the graduate application, you will have the option to order official documents.
The processing time for the CHESICC documents is approximately 20 days.
When your CHESICC electronic documents are processed and received by Lehigh University, you will not need to send paper transcripts.
Questions should be directed to the Graduate Programs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide your full name, name of college/university and whether your application has been submitted or is in progress.
You will enter your recommenders' information through the online application. Once complete, a web link will automatically be emailed to the recommender. Applicants are asked to submit recommendations from current and previous supervisors who can attest to their leadership potential, work ethic, and overall performance within the organization.
Letters from company direct reports/subordinates, family members, or friends will not be considered. Paper copies of letters of recommendation will not be accepted.
An interview with a member of our Admissions Committee is required.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency through one of three tests: The Test of English as a Foreign Language® (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam or Duolingo. All international students must show proof of English Proficiency to be admitted to Lehigh. Official test scores must be submitted from the testing agencies directly in order for this requirement to be satisfied.
A student's English proficiency test date may not be older than two years at the time of application to the program. The Lehigh 1-MBA program will continue to accept all versions of the TOEFL test as long as the scores come directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Scores must be received directly from ETS to be considered official. Lehigh's institution code number is: 2365.
Please note ETS has recently introduced an at home TOEFL test for consideration.
Recommended minimum scores:
Internet-based TOEFL [iBT]: 94
Recommended iBT subscores:
- Reading: 25
- Listening: 20
- Speaking: 24
- Writing: 25
Lehigh University will be accepting MyBest™ scores from ETS/TOEFL beginning August 2019.
IELTS information can be found at ielts.org.
Lehigh University Graduate Admissions downloads IELTS scores that have been transmitted to our e-download account. Please contact your test center and request that your scores be sent to the following IELTS e-download account:
Lehigh University Graduate Admissions
We will not accept paper IELTS test report forms.
Recommended band scores:
- Reading: 7
- Listening: 6.5
- Speaking: 7.5
- Writing: 6.5
Additionally, the language evaluation requirement may be completed through Duolingo, a fast and affordable option that can be taken from any home computer. All that is required is a front facing camera. To learn more, visit englishtest.duolingo.com. A minimum score of 115 is recommended.
If an applicant has completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree or at least 2 years of full-time post-secondary education in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia or Canada, he or she may be exempt from the English proficiency requirement. The applicant is not exempt if the language of instruction is English in a non-English speaking country or if you have lived in an English-speaking country.
International students interested in applying for college-awarded financial aid will be required to pass a Lehigh University Test of Presentation and Speech Skills (TOPSS) test upon arrival at Lehigh. The College will use the new internet-based TOEFL [iBT] as a screening tool for the awarding of financial aid to international students. In order to be considered, you must achieve a speaking section score of 28, and a listening section score of 20. All awards are contingent upon passing the Lehigh TOPSS test. Information on the Lehigh University TOPSS test may be found at www.global.lehigh.edu/esl. .
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