Learn more about the admissions requirements to the Ph.D. in Business and Economics Program 

A complete application must be received by the Graduate Programs Office by the listed deadlines in order to be considered for the current entering class. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are extended to the next business day. The Ph.D. program admits students every other year, currently we are not accepting applications for this program.  The next intake is Fall 2020 and the deadlines below reflect that timeline.

  General Application Deadline University Fellowship College Assistantship
Fall 2020 January 1, 2020 January 1, 2020 January 1, 2020


Ph.D. in Business and Economics Admissions Requirements

1. Application 

Applications to the Lehigh Ph.D. program are made by applying online. Applications are accepted from graduates of accredited colleges and universities in all areas of concentration, including, but not limited to business, humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, and engineering.

The Lehigh Ph.D. program is seeking students who possess “the full package.” Successful applicants demonstrate strong academic performance, clear intellectual ability, drive and ambition, documented accomplishments, and management potential based on letters of recommendation. Admission decisions are based on three main areas: academic ability, motivation, and the maturity to complete the particular program successfully.

To apply for the Lehigh Ph.D. program, use Lehigh's online application system.

2. Essay

The 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. The essay should not exceed two pages in length. 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.

4. GMAT or GRE Test Results

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 Graduate Programs Office two weeks after the exam has been taken. 

Program Code: 6ZB-FN-62

GRE- You may find a GRE test center, test information, and preparation materials by visiting the Educational Testing Service ® (ETS) website, www.ets.org/gre. 

Lehigh’s institution code is number is 2365. Department code 1801. 

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 transcripts must be submitted to us in a sealed envelope and may not be opened by you.

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 Ph.D. 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 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. English Proficiency [TOEFL or IELTS]

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language® or the International English Language Testing System exam.  All international students must show proof of English Proficiency to be admitted to Lehigh.

An applicant's english proficiency test date may not be older than 2 years at the time of your application to the program. The Lehigh MS/PhD programs 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.  IELTS information can be found at ielts.org.  Official test scores must be submitted from the testing agencies directly in order for this requirement to be satisfied.

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
    27 Memorial Drive West
    Bethlehem, PA 18015
We will not accept paper IELTS test report forms.

Recommended scores for the available versions are:

Paper-based TOEFL—600
Internet-based TOEFL [iBT]—

Reading 25
Listening 20
Speaking 24
Writing 25
Total 94

Lehigh University will be accepting MyBest™ scores from ETS/TOEFL beginning August 2019.  

IELTS Overall band score: 7

Reading 7
Listening 6.5
Speaking 7.5
Writing 6.5
Total 7

Please note: These are recommended minimum scores and do not guarantee admission into a program.

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 exam 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 applicants interested in applying for college-awarded financial aid will be required to pass a Lehigh University Test of Presentation and Speech Skills (TOPSS) test. 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 24, 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 https://global.lehigh.edu/esl/topss

Have questions about the Ph.D. in Business and Economics application process? Contact our Director of Recruitment & Admissions, Mary Theresa Taglang, at 610-758-4386 and mtt4@lehigh.edu. Ready to apply? Visit our online application system