Lehigh University College of Business and Economics

Lehigh University Flex MBA Program Structure

The Lehigh University Flex MBA begins with a mandatory weekend orientation held within a week of the start of classes in the fall. Students may complete Lehigh’s Flex MBA program in as few as 16 months, beginning in the fall and ending in the spring of the next academic year.

Flex MBA students take classes together, primarily in the evenings. Students can work towards their degree both on-campus and via online courses. Online courses are offered through Lehigh’s Office of Distance Education and incorporate a mix of real-time course streaming and conferencing as well as recorded video lectures.


The Lehigh University Flex MBA is a 36-credit program comprising a core curriculum of 21 credits and 15 elective credits. The core courses are Introduction to the Organization and Its Environment, Managing Financial and Physical Resources, Managing Information, Managing Products and Services, Managing People, and Integrative Experience. This last course serves as the capstone for the core and entails a team-oriented business simulation.

Students may use their elective courses to pursue a concentration in one of six fields: Corporate Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Marketing, Project Management and Supply Chain Management. However, students are not required to pursue a concentration, and Lehigh notes that many MBA students select their electives simply to broaden the scope of their MBA coursework.

Class Profile

Roughly 185 students are enrolled in the Lehigh University Flex MBA program. Students on average have around eight years professional work experience and an average GMAT score of 620.


Lehigh University Flex MBA students and alumni have full access to Lehigh University’s Career Services office, which provides individualized job and internship counseling, mock interview preparation and resume writing workshops. The office also hosts a September career fair.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Lehigh charges tuition by the credit hour. For the 2017-18 academic year, the cost per credit hour is $1,075. With 36 credits in total, tuition for the Lehigh MBA is $38,700 for Flex MBA students. Lehigh also notes that there is a $100 course access fee for all online courses. Tuitions for the MBA dual-degree programs in Engineering and Educational Leadership amount to $1460 and $825 per credit hour, respectively.

Full-time students choosing to live on campus will incur roughly $14,400 on living expenses. Professionally employed students in the Flex program part-time, however, are offered tuition deferment options in compliance with their employer. Students utilizing the option must pay a $50 fee per semester.
Financial aid is available for full-time students and is offered for on-campus courses only. Aid is awarded based upon academic performance, and in certain instances, work experience.

Students must apply and gain admission before the January 15 deadline to be eligible. Aid is awarded in March for the following academic year.

Lehigh Flex MBA students are also eligible for financial aid through Graduate Assistantships, Research Assistantships and Business Analyst positions.

Teaching and Graduate Assistants are required to work at least 20 hours a week and support CBE faculty with undergraduate teaching, class preparation, and other academic functions over the course of the nine-month academic year. Teaching Assistant receive a tuition waiver for up to nine credit hours per semester. Graduate Assistants receive tuition waivers for up to five credit hours per semester. In addition, they receive stipends – and are eligible for a health insurance subsidy.

Research Assistants are required to work at least five hours each week providing research support to CBE faculty. These students may receive stipends for their work. Finally, MBA students are eligible to work as Business Analysts at Lehigh’s Small Business Development Center, provides general management assistance to 1,500 entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Lehigh Valley region. Contact the Graduate Programs Office for more information.

The College will use the internet-based TOEFL (IBT) as a screening tool for the awarding of financial aid to international students. In order to be considered, the minimum required score is 28 on the speaking section and 20 on the listening section. Additionally, international students may be required to pass English as a Second Language (ESL) Test of Presentation and Spoken Skills (TOPSS) test upon arriving at Lehigh.

Merit and need based scholarships are available to students who gain admission. Award is based upon undergraduate academic record, work experience, and test scores.

Admissions Procedures

Applicants must have at least two years of full-time work experience to apply, and Lehigh notes that students average eight years of work experience upon matriculation in the program. Applicants must also submit either GMAT or GRE scores. Applicants to the program may apply for a waiver of the GMAT/GRE requirement if they have at least 10 years of full-time professional experience, or six years of full-time work experience plus a master’s degree. Applicants who wish to pursue this option must contact Michael Tarantino and submit your resume for review. The nature of your experience, previous academic record and other professional distinctions will all be considered in the review process and not all applicants will qualify for a test exemption. Applicants who hold an academic doctorate, juris doctorate or medical doctorate will automatically be exempt from taking the exam (must be equivalent to a U.S. Doctoral degree).

While Lehigh does not stipulate a minimum GMAT score, it notes that the majority of MBA students scored at the 70th percentile or above on the combined exam. The school looks especially closely at applicants’ scores on the quantitative section of the test.
International students must take the TOEFL exam, with a recommended minimum score on the Internet-based exam of 94. The recommended iBT subscores are as follows:

  • Reading: 25
  • Listening: 20
  • Speaking: 24
  • Writing: 25

International applicants who have completed degrees in the U.S., the UK, Australia or Canada may be exempt from the TOEFL. However, international applicants are not exempt from the TOEFL if they have only studied in a non-English speaking country, even if the language of instruction at their academic institution was English.

International students must also provide an original or notarized financial guarantee demonstrating sufficient funds to pay for their first year of study. This guarantee can be a copy of an original bank statement or a bank letter and must demonstrate that the student has at least $35,270 in funds on hand. Lehigh notes that this is merely the minimum an international applicant must demonstrate to qualify for admission, as the actual cost of the program will be greater.
Lehigh notes that applicants are strongly recommended to request admissions interviews, although interviews are not required for admission.

Lehigh University Flex MBA applicants must submit an online application form and a $100 application fee, a current résumé, recent GMAT or GRE test results official transcripts from all universities attended, and two letters of recommendation submitted through the online application.

The Lehigh Flex MBA application also includes an essay question, asking applicants to provide a summary of their career objectives and relevant work experience, their chosen field of graduate study, and the leadership experience and skills they plan to contribute to their peers at Lehigh.

Application Deadlines

2017-2018 School Year (Domestic)

Summer 2018 – May 1, 2018
Fall 2018 – July 15, 2018

2017-2018 School Year (International)

Summer 2018 – May 1, 2018
Fall 2018 – May 1, 2018