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Admission Requirements & Program Prerequisites

Important Note: The MSE Program is no longer accepting new applications

A minimum 30 credit hours of registration is required for the Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering degree.

Candidates for the MSE program should have a B.S. degree in an engineering discipline or applied science (e.g., physics, chemistry). This degree must be from an accredited college or university. A GPA of at least 2.75 out of 4.0 is required for regular admission. GRE (with score at or above 75th percentile) is recommended and may be required of candidates. International candidates must present minimum iBT TOEFL scores as indicated: Reading 21; Listening 15; Speaking 24; Writing 25; Composite Score Minimum of 85. GRE scores above the 75th percentile are required. Strong verbal skills are essential.

  • Students entering the MSE Program are expected to have knowledge and skills in probability and statistics, as well as computer programming.
  • Industry Experience - A minimum of six months industrial work experience is essential for all program participants, prior to beginning course work.


MSE Students attend classes on-campus, via classroom-live, or on-line:

Part-time students can complete the MSE degree requirements in two years. MSE classes are conveniently scheduled and offered on-campus, and delivered in real time from Lehigh's classrooms to students in their homes, workplace, or while traveling, and also in an asynchronous online format through Lehigh's Office of Distance Education.

Distance Education Tuition and Fees

Distance Education tuition is $1,500 per credit hour for the 2018-19 academic year. On-line students also pay an access fee of $100.00 per each on-line course.

Campus Student Tuition and Fees

The P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science graduate tuition is $1,500 per credit hour for the 2018-2019academic year, and may increase in 2019-2020 academic year.

  • Books and Supplies average $1200. per semester
  • Health insurance $1970.
  • Twelve month living expenses in Lehigh Valley area are, on average, $14,400 (est. $1200 per month).

Financial Aid

Currently the Center does not have financial aid available for student support.

For specific information on current per credit hour tuition cost, contact engineering@lehigh.edu

Student Affairs

For information on all aspects of student affairs, visit Lehigh's Graduate Student Life website. This will be of particular interest to full-time students.

Graduate Student Resources available through the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science