Campus: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Type: Private, nonprofit
Base Program Cost: $34,200
Per Credit Hour: $950
Minimum Credit Hours: 36
GMAT Required: Yes
Minimum Time Commitment: 24 months
Online Concentrations: General
On Campus Requirement: No, but there is a mandatory one-day orientation
Lehigh University is a renowned private institution in Bethlehem, Penn., that has been ranked No. 38 among national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Lehigh’s high-quality, graduate business programs have received positive recognition, with U.S. News ranking its part-time MBA program No. 69 in its Best Business Schools ranking, and Bloomberg Businessweek ranking its part-time MBA program No. 15. Of the many online MBA programs in Pennsylvania, Lehigh University is among the few that allow students to take courses online both in real-time and asynchronously, meaning some courses are conducted live and some allow students to log in at any time of day they wish.
Lehigh University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The university has maintained this accreditation since 1921. In addition, Lehigh’s MBA program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International).
The Lehigh University online MBA focuses on teaching students how the many different areas of business come together to give organizations a competitive edge. Students are taught how to be effective decision-makers in dynamic business environments through industry field projects. Some of the courses in the Lehigh online MBA program will be taught through an online learning platform called Classroom LIVE, where the course material is delivered in real-time, and students can interact directly with their professors, while other courses will be delivered through Classroom ONLINE, which allows greater flexibility as to when student can log in and participate in the class.
Core courses for the Lehigh University online MBA include: Introduction to the Organization and Its Environment, Managing Financial and Physical Resources, Managing Information, Managing Products and Services, and Managing People. The core courses culminate in an Integrative Experience course that places students in teams that conduct a case analysis of an organization that is going through significant change. Students work on an industry project involving that organization, which may be their own company or another company, and get to directly apply the skills and knowledge they have obtained throughout the program.
Applicants to Lehigh University’s online MBA program must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and submit the following:
- Completed application with application fee
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
- Official GMAT scores
- Two letters of recommendation
- Current resume
- Proof of English language proficiency (for international students)
Admission application deadlines for Lehigh’s MBA program are July 15 for the fall semester, Dec. 1 for the spring semester, May 1 for summer session I, and June 1 for summer session II, according to the university website.
Tuition and Financial Aid
The cost per credit hour for Lehigh University’s business courses is $950. With 36 credit hours required, the base tuition cost at Lehigh is $34,200, which does not include any required fees, books, or course materials. A $100 access fee is assessed for every asynchronous online class. Lehigh offers financial aid to qualifying full-time and part-time graduate students. Students typically fill out the FAFSA to see if they qualify for loans or work-study employment, and students may also be eligible for external scholarships or tuition reimbursement through their employer. Other financing options may include Graduate/Professional PLUS loans, private loans, or using the university’s payment plan.