Everything you need to know about applying to the Flex MBA

There are a few things you need to know before applying to the Lehigh Flex MBA program. All application deadlines and requirements can be found below!

Admission for the Lehigh Flex MBA is made on a rolling basis throughout the year for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. If you're accepted, you will need to put down an enrollment deposit, which is also important to know about in advance. Lehigh's Flex MBA application can be found online here.

Flex MBA at a glance

Wondering if our program is right for you before filling out an application? Our Flex MBA students have the below averages.

Average GPA: 3.4

Average GMAT: 620

Average GRE: 317

Average Years of Work Experience: 8

Flex MBA Application Deadlines

A complete application must be received by the listed deadlines. 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.

  Spring 2018 Summer 2018 Fall 2018
Domestic Students December 1, 2017 May 1, 2018 July 15, 2018
International Students   May 1, 2018 May 1, 2018

*H1B visa holders may study in the U.S. on a part-time basis. All other visa type holders please contact the Lehigh MBA Admissions Office for eligibility for part time study. 

Flex MBA Admission Requirements

1. Application

To apply for the Lehigh Flex MBA Program, use Lehigh's online application system.

2. Essay

The Lehigh Flex 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. 

3. Resume

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 two years of full-time, professional post-baccalaureate employment. Internships and co-ops do not apply to the two-year rule.

 4. GMAT or GRE Test Results

Either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all entering applicants. 

Official Scores must be from exams taken within the past five (5) years.

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 GMAT Code GRE Code
Flex MBA Accelerated 6ZB-FN-09 2365
Flex MBA Part-time 6ZB-FN-21 2365
Flex MBA Online 6ZB-FN-58 2365

MBA & Engineering:

  • Use appropriate Flex MBA Accelerated or Part-time code for all engineering disciplines except Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, which require submission of GRE scores only.

MBA & Educational Leadership:

  • Use appropriate Accelerated or Part-time code.

GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy:

Applicants to the program may apply for a waiver of the GMAT/GRE requirement if they meet one of the following two conditions: 10 years of full-time professional experience or a master's degree combined with a minimum of 6 years of full-time professional experience.  Applicants who wish to pursue the GMAT/GRE waiver option must contact Mary Theresa Taglang at mtt4@lehigh.edu and submit your resume and transcripts (unofficial acceptable) 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)

5. Official Transcripts

You must submit official transcripts from ALL universities attended, all post-secondary education including transfer credits. Official transcripts bear the signature of the university's registrar and the seal of the issuing institution. The official transcripts must be submitted to us in a sealed envelope and may not be opened by you. In addition, copies of transcripts should be uploaded to the online application. 

Please mail official transcripts to:
Graduate Programs Office
College of Business and Economics
Lehigh University
621 Taylor St.
Bethlehem, PA 18015

International applicants, in general, must have 16 years of formal education, including four years at the university level, to be considered for admission to the Lehigh Flex 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 business@lehigh.edu. Provide your full name, name of college/university and whether your application has been submitted or is in progress.

6. Letters of Recommendation

You will enter your recommenders' information through the online application. Once complete, a web link will automatically be emailed to the recommender. Letters from family members or friends will not be considered. Paper copies of letters of recommendation will not be accepted.

7. Test of English as a Foreign Language Score [TOEFL]

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language®. [Please Note: The IELTS is currently not acceptable as a replacement for the TOEFL exam]

A student's TOEFL test date may not be older than two years at the time of your application to the program. The Lehigh Flex 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.

Recommended minimum score:

Internet-based TOEFL [iBT]: 94

Recommended iBT subscores:

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

8. Financial Guarantee

International applicants who accept the offer of admission must submit a financial guarantee demonstrating sufficient funds to meet educational expenses for the first year of study. Scanned copies of the original bank statement or bank letters are acceptable. The financial guarantee should be no more than 6 months old. Include a letter of sponsorship if the expenses will be paid by someone other than the student. These documents should be emailed to the Graduate Programs Office at business@lehigh.edu. The minimum amount you must cover to show solvency for immigration documents is $35,720 and includes the following costs:

Tuition [18 credits minimum] (based on 9 credits per semester @ $1,075 per credit; some programs may have a higher tuition rate and amounts will need to be altered)  $19,350
Health Insurance  $1,970
Twelve months living expenses  $14,400
Total Amount Needed for Financial Guarantee $35,720

Please note: $35,720 is the minimum amount you must show for immigration purposes. The student's actual expenses will be greater and does not include $1,200 estimated for books and supplies, as well as personal and transportation expenses.  The financial explanation of costs per program can be seen on the tuition webpage.

Immigration documents will only be issued upon acceptance of an offer of admission from Lehigh University and verification of your financial guarantee, TOEFL score, and non-refundable $1,000 tuition enrollment deposit has been received.

Flex MBA Enrollment Deposit

All domestic students must submit a $250.00 deposit when accepting the offer of admission to secure a place in the program. International students must submit a $1,000.00 deposit. The deposit must be received by the specific deadline noted in the offer letter. The deposit will be applied to tuition. A student who does not matriculate forfeits the deposit.

Non Discrimination Statement

The following statement is to be used in all faculty, staff, and student handbooks, and in recruiting information for undergraduate and graduate students and special programs that the university offers.

Lehigh University seeks talented faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds. Lehigh University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in any area , including: student admissions; scholarship or loan awards; athletic, co-curricular, recreational, or social programs; academic programs, policies, or activities; and employment and employment development. Questions and complaints about this policy should be directed to: The Provost or The Vice President for Finance and Administration, Alumni Memorial Building, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015.


Have questions about the Flex MBA application process? Contact our Director of Recruitment & Admissions, Mary Theresa Taglang, at 610-758-4386 and mtt4@lehigh.edu. Ready to apply? To access the Flex MBA online application, click here