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Application Information

Welcome!  The Office of Distance Education is here to assist you through the application process.  Before starting the application, prospective applicants should first identify their desired program and keep in mind each individual graduate program and department has their own unique admission requirements, deadlines, review processes and decision timelines.

Please follow the instructions below for the appropriate graduate degree, certificate program, or non-degree graduate or professional development study:

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How to Apply (Master's Degree Programs)

  • Complete Application - Please use the Graduate Online Application.  When selecting your program of study, please be sure that the program name includes "(Distance)" or "(Distance Only)".
  • Submit Transcripts - You must submit transcripts from each of your degree-bearing colleges or universities, and each transcript must indicate what degree you received and when it was conferred.  If you are in the process of completing a degree, you may submit an up-to-date transcript with your online application, followed by a final, official transcript upon enrollment as a Lehigh University graduate student.  To expedite the process, unofficial transcripts may be uploaded with your online application, to be followed as soon as possible by an official one.
    • Official Transcripts should be emailed directly by each institution to distedapp@lehigh.edu or mailed to:

Lehigh University
Office of Distance Education
436 Brodhead Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015

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How to Apply (Non-Degree Status)

  • Complete Application - Please use the Graduate Online Application.  When selecting your certificate program or non-degree program, please be sure that the program name includes "(Distance)" or "(Distance Only) ".
  • Submit Transcripts (Official or Unofficial) - You must submit transcripts from last colleges or university, or an official letter stating you are in good standing in a acceptable graduate program.  To expedite the process, unofficial transcripts may be uploaded with your online application, to be followed as soon as possible by an official one.
    • Official Transcripts should be emailed directly by each institution to distedapp@lehigh.edu or mailed to:

Lehigh University
Office of Distance Education
436 Brodhead Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Credit Limitations

Students may take a maximum of twelve graduate level credits under non-degree status – at which time a change to Degree seeking status would be required.

Changing from Non-Degree to a Degree Program

Non-degree students wishing to seek admission to a degree program must meet all regular admissions program requirements and will need to officially apply by completing the Graduate Online Application as normally required of degree-seeking applicants.

Courses taken by a non-degree student who later enters a degree program will count toward the completion of the program to the extent that they fall within the normal requirements of the program and to the extent that the student's performance in the course(s) is acceptable for degree program purposes.  Any course which is counted toward the completion of a degree must be completed within the established time limits for that degree, whether taken initially as a degree or non-degree course.

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Graduate Tuition, Fees and Charges

Course/Program Type: Classroom LIVE: Classroom Online (Asynchronous):
Arts & Science Courses $940/credit hour $940/credit hour + $100 access fee
Business Courses $1,075/credit hour $1,075/credit hour + $100 access fee
Engineering Courses $1,460/credit hour
$1,460/credit hour + $100 access fee
Healthcare Systems Engineering Program $1,460/credit hour $1,460/credit hour + $100 access fee
Management Science & Engineering Program $1,460/credit hour $1,460/credit hour + $100 access fee

Please note: These are the 2017-2018 rates which go into effect with the Summer 2017 semester.

Summer 2017 Undergraduate tuition is $735 / credit hour.

As indicated above, each College- Arts and Science, Business, and Engineering have separate and different tuition rates.

Traditionally, the rate that is charged for a course is determined by the affiliated college of the faculty/instructor for the course.

Within the Engineering College, the HSE and MGSE programs have their own program tuition rates.

Effective January 1, 2017, the Lehigh University Office of Distance Education no longer offers a discount for any new admitted Merck employees*.  The partnership agreement covering Lehigh's distance education courses has expired and a new one is not anticipated.   Students admitted prior to January 2017 will continue to receive the discount under a grandfather clause for distance education courses only. Students will continue to receive this discount for duration of the admitted program as long as confirmation of Merck employment is made prior to the start of each semester.  Students must notify Lehigh University's Bursar's Office if they leave Merck's employment."

*It should be noted that Merck students enrolled in programs in Lehigh's College of Business are part of a discount arrangement through their EdAssist program.

If you have any questions as to what tuition you will be charged, please contact the DE office at 610-758-6210.

Please note: The chart above does NOT include costs for: admission application fees, textbooks, shipping costs for return of homeworks or exams, deferred payment plan fees, late fees or proctoring fees.

Fees

Fees are subject to change depending on the department and the course credits. Please contact the Distance Education office, with your course information, for applicable fees.  Call Marcie Sohara at 610‐758‐6565 or e‐mail her at mas205@lehigh.edu.

Tuition Remission Policy

Lehigh faculty, exempt staff, non-exempt staff, eligible dependents, graduate students, teaching or residence assistants,  Presidential Scholars, and undergraduate students who are taking an online tuition remission course offered through Office of Distance Education, may be responsible for technical or course support fees that are not covered by tuition remission or grants.

Lehigh Graduate Tuition Benefits

Lehigh Undergraduate Tuition Benefits

Presidential Scholars

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Financial Aid

Financial aid information for graduate students is available at:

http://www1.lehigh.edu/financialaid/grad

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Admission Application Deadlines

Course/Program: Regular: Non-Degree:
Chemistry    
Fall Semester N/A August 1
Spring Semester N/A December 1
Summer Semester N/A May 1
     
Molecular Biology    
Fall Semester July 15 August 1
Spring Semester December 1 December 1
Summer Semester April 30 May1
     
Engineering    
Fall Semester August 15 2 weeks prior to the start of class
Spring Semester December 1 2 weeks prior to the start of class
Summer Semester I April 30 2 weeks prior to the start of class
Summer Semester II May 30 2 weeks prior to the start of class
     
Flex MBA    
Fall Semester July 15 2 weeks prior to the start of class
Spring Semester December 1 2 weeks prior to the start of class
Summer Semester I April 30 2 weeks prior to the start of class
Summer Semester II May 30 2 weeks prior to the start of class

Please use our calendar to check semester start dates.