M. Eng. (the degree is based in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, but students do not need to be engineers or have engineering backgrounds).
The professional master's in technical entrepreneurship at Lehigh University is designed for students from a wide array of educational backgrounds who want to master the tenets of entrepreneurship while launching their own ventures. The one-year, in-residence program draws upon Lehigh's deep-rooted and powerful ecosystem of programs dedicated to the teaching of business and technology innovation.
Students may come to the program with a product or business idea or may join a team as part of the program and work on launching the team's product. Ventures must have a technological or technical component, but can run the gamut from social to biomedical, environmental or electronic. Students join a cohort of 25-30 students who pursue the program each year and work in teams to develop and launch a venture while completing coursework.
Investment in the graduate program includes mentoring by experienced mentors (faculty and entrepreneurs); infrastructure such as work spaces, labs and prototyping equipment to develop your technology and launch your business; access to seed funding and assistance from economic development organizations; and diverse course work tailored to develop entrepreneurial skills and culminate in the launch of your venture. Coursework covers product and business development, creativity methods, personal development, visual communication, prototyping, design thinking, business plans, and entrepreneurial startups. Students gain the ability to understand and apply concepts in a global context and to develop both broad and specific contextual approaches to their businesses. The entrepreneurial mindset they achieve gives them the ability to recognize a problem as an opportunity to create an innovative solution, access resources needed to solve the problem, and create value.
Lehigh has more than 50 programs and organizations to help students achieve entrepreneurial success, including the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation; Ben Franklin Technology Partners; Small Business Development Center; Office of Technology Transfer; Integrated Product Development program; and Innovation Loft student venture space. The program is truly experiential. Students are immersed in real product development that results in launching their company. Whether launching your own company or joining an existing one, you will gain the entrepreneurial mindset, contextual problem-solving skills, and hands-on experience demanded to differentiate you in today's marketplace and equip you for entrepreneurial success.
Lehigh University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science is accredited by ABET’s Engineering Accreditation Commission.
International Student Requirements:
The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for all applicants whose native language is not English. If the applicant has received a degree in the United States, this test is waived. The minimum required score is 550 on the paper test. The essay rating should be between 4.0 and 6.0. The TOEFL is only valid for two years from the date the test was taken. Individual skill section score recommendations for Lehigh University and the iBT (Internet based TOEFL) are: Writing - 20, Speaking - 20, Reading - 20, Listening - 15, (Composite score = 79). Any student with one or more individual skill section scores below these targets is required to take an English as a Second Language (ESL) course or lab work, concurrent with their regular coursework. Any student with two or more skill section scores lower than these targets, and a composite score lower than 79, is required to attend the StepUp Intensive English Program at Lehigh.