Group of MBA students with Lehigh sign

Lehigh's 1-MBA Ranks in Top 5 Nationally on Starting Salary-to-Debt Ratio

U.S. News said MBA grads from schools in their rankings have at least a 210% average return on investment.

U.S. News & World Report has identified Lehigh's 1-MBA program as ranking fifth in the United States in salary-to-debt ratio. The publication recently evaluated MBA programs by the highest return on investment by examining starting salary-to-debt ratio from its 2023-2024 Best Business Schools (MBA) ranking.   

“We have fervently communicated the long-term value an MBA program has over one’s career, but for many prospective MBA students, the short-term return on investment is top of mind,” said Kevin Ezzell, senior director graduate recruitment and admissions. “While rankings play their role in a prospective student’s decision-making process, this is an excellent example where examining this publicly available data shows how a top 100 MBA program like the Lehigh 1-MBA sees top five outcomes when examining post-MBA starting salary to incurred debt.”

“This speaks to income potential,” said Georgette Chapman Phillips, the Kevin L. and Lisa A. Clayton Dean of the College of Business. “These data demonstrate an incredibly swift and substantial return on our 1-MBA students’ Lehigh Business education.”

Lehigh’s 1-MBA program is the only one-year AACSB accredited full-time MBA program in the Lehigh Valley. The program attracts students both locally and internationally. Lehigh's 1-MBA program also offers very competitive scholarship packages to highly qualified applicants.  

The application for the June 2024 program opens August 2023. For additional information about Lehigh's 1-MBA, FLEX MBA (part-time/online), or other specialty business master’s degrees, please contact

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