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Application Requirements

Normally a student will hold a Master’s degree before being granted admission to the program. Those holding undergraduate degrees are encouraged to submit an application to a relevant Masters program at Boise State University.  Significant progress can be made towards the PhD degree while in a relevant Masters program.  Computer Science applicants are expected to have competency in core undergraduate coursework in computer science.

GPA requirements:

  • Applicants without a Masters degree are recommended to have a GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 40 hours of undergraduate course work.
  • Applicants with a Master’s degree is are recommended to have a GPA of 3.3 or better in their Master’s degree program.

GRE scores:

  • While submission of GRE scores is required, no minimum scores are explicitly specified. The GRE scores are evaluated together with applicant’s professional background.
  • Applicants who have received their master’s degree may submit their previous official GRE scores for admission to the master’s program.


  • Students whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of 550 or higher for the paper-based examination and 80 or higher for the Internet-based examination, or an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher.