Admissions decisions rest solely with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.  Students enrolled in other graduate programs at Lehigh seeking to join the department must follow the regular application process.

Minimum Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field *

  • Grade Point Average (GPA)

    • 2.75/4.0 required
    • 3.5/4.0 major GPA preferred
  • Minimum Test Requirements

    • Due to the global pandemic, the GRE is no longer a requirement in applications for the Fall 2022 Academic Year. GRE scores will not be incorporated into the review process.
    • TOEFL  or IELTS Scores remain required for all international students.



TOEFL Composite Total Score: 79 IELTS Overall Minimum Band Score: 6.5
Reading 20 Reading 6.5
Listening 15 Listening 6.0
Speaking 20 Speaking 6.5
Writing 20 Writing 6.0


Application Deadlines

Ph.D. program (Fall and off-cycle admissions)
  • The application deadline for the Ph.D. program is January 15.  Late applications will be considered through April 1.

  • Off-cycle applications will be considered on a special case basis.  Contact the chair of the graduate admissions committee.

  • Due to the Global Pandemic, it may take significant time to obtain an international student visa.  If this applies to you, plan the timing of your application to account for potential delays both before the application and when moving to the United States. If it is not possible to obtain a visa to start with your desired semester, your admission may be deferred. Please contact the graduate coordinator with questions about deadlines.

M.S. program (Fall and Spring admissions)
  • Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the application deadline for the M.S. program has been extended to July 1st.  The deadline for Spring MS applications is November 1st.

  • For Fall Master admissions, applications received by July 1st will receive full consideration. However we highly recommend that applications be submitted by April 1st, especially for international applicants who require a student visa.

  • Later applications for the M.S. program beyond these deadlines will also be considered, but please note that last-minute applications may not allow sufficient time for international applicants to receive the necessary student visa. Please contact the graduate coordinator if you have any questions about deadlines.

Submitting an Application

Submit applications here: Online Application

If you have questions concerning the program or application process, please contact the department graduate coordinator

  • Application Fee: USD 75.

  • Data Sheet:  asks for personal data, proposed program info., test data, educational background, and work experience.

  • Transcripts:  Must be uploaded to application. If admitted, official transcripts are required and must be received in sealed envelopes.

  • Letters of Recommendation:  2 letters of recommendation are required.  If you are currently or were recently in school, letters from academic advisors and other professors are preferred.  If you are currently in industry, letters from employers are acceptable.  All letters should be submitted through the online application process.  

  • Test scores:  Either the Internet-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Test System) is required for all graduate students whose FIRST language is not English. All international students must show proof of English proficiency to be admitted to Lehigh. Official TOEFL test scores sent from ETS to Lehigh, or official IELTS scores sent from a testing center to Lehigh, are required.  TOEFL and IELTS scores expire after 2 years and expired scores WILL NOT be accepted.  

  • 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.

  • Supplemental Information:  applicants should also include a resume or CV, current research or creative work, list of published works, and extracurricular activities.

  • Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.  

  • All communication will be done via e-mail, so please provide a current e-mail address.  

  • Decisions for Fall semester will be announced starting in April.  Decisions for the Spring semester will be announced mid-November.


General Information

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

Tuition rates for the 2021-2022 academic year are $1500/credit.  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 for one year before any visa documents will be issued.

Graduate Fellowship: Pasteur PHD Partners (P3) Fellowship,

* Note that all applications for admission into our graduate programs are reviewed by a Graduate Admissions Committee and must meet the criteria indicated on this webpage. This includes applications from students who are accepted into other, unrelated graduate programs at Lehigh. Please do not apply to another, unrelated graduate program with the hope that you may be able to "transfer" into Computer Science -- it is necessary to go through the standard admission process and meet the criteria listed on this webpage.