ECE Graduate Admissions

Applications can be downloaded in PDF format further down this page or you may apply online by clicking on the following link: Online Application

We STRONGLY recommend that you complete the application online.  The online application will allow you to monitor the status of yoru application.  If you have questions concerning the program or application process, please contact the department Graduate Coordinator. The correct mailing address for applications is as follows:

Lehigh University
ECE Graduate Coordinator
19 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Incomplete or late applications will not be processed or reviewed. This includes applications without the $75 application fee which CANNOT be waived for any reason. Once the application is submitted you will receive an e-mail confirming its receipt and verifying if all the required materials are present. Please allow time for mailing delays and processing before receipt of e-mail. All communication will be done via e-mail, so please provide one current e-mail address. Decisions for Fall semester will be announced starting in April. Decisions for the Spring semester will be announced mid-November.

Degrees Offered:

MS, MEng, PhD in Electrical Engineering
MS, PhD in Computer Engineering
MS in Photonics
MS in Wireless & Network Engineering

Minimum Requirements:

BS in EE or related field

Course Experience Needed (Lehigh Equivalent):
Basic Circuit Theory (ECE 81)
Signals and Systems (ECE 108)
Electronic Circuits (ECE 123)
Circuits and Systems (ECE 125)
Physical Electronics (ECE 126)
Statistics (MATH 231 or 309)

3.0/4.0 required

Minimum Test Requirements
GRE General Test
75th percentile or better on Quantitative
TOEFL (International students ONLY)
79 composite score
20 Writing, 20 Speaking, 20 Reading, 15 Listening

Application PDF File: The .pdf application file can be downloaded here.

Application Fee: US $75 which cannot be waived for any reason.
Data Sheet: asks for personal data, proposed program info., test data, educational background, and work experience.
Transcripts: official or attested transcripts are required from all undergraduate and graduate programs attended. All transcripts must be received in sealed envelopes.
Letters of Recommendation: 2 letters of recommendation are required. If you are currently in school, letters from academic advisors and other professors are preferred. If you are currently in industry, letters from employers are acceptable. All letters must be received in sealed envelopes with recommenders' signature across the seal. Recommendation letters can be submitted through the on-line application tool.  We provide two recommedation forms in the PDF application that you may choose to use, however, letters on recommenders' letterhead is also acceptable. 
Test scores: official test scores sent from ETS or copies of official test scores are acceptable. Scores must be current and valid. TOEFL scores expire after 2 years and expired scores WILL NOT be accepted. GRE test scores expire after 5 years.
Essay/Statement of Purpose: a brief statement of career and research objectives. Essays should articulate clearly your experience and goals. Half a page to two pages is sufficient.
Application for financial aid: MUST be completed in order to be considered for any kind of aid.
Supplemental Information: applicants should also include a resume or CV, current research or creative work, list of published works, and extracurricular activities.


Fall-January 15th for aid, April 1st for all others
Spring-November 1st for everyone

Financial Aid:

The department offers three types of financial aid-research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships

All generally include a monthly stipend and tuition. Up to 20 hrs. per week of work assignments are associated with TA and RA positions. Fellowships require no service. Ph.D. applicants are given priority. Financial aid is merit-based, not need-based.

General Information:

Offers of admission may be deferred for up to one full academic year.

Tuition rates for the 2014-2015 academic year are $1,340/credit hour. All full-time students and International students required to take 9 credits each semester to maintain full-time status. International students who are admitted without financial aid will be required to submit an affidavit of support in the amount of roughly $30,000 which includes tuition, living expenses, insurance, and other fees for one year before any visa documents will be issued.