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Admission Requirements


Fall Admission

  • January 5th – Program Funding Consideration
  • April 15th 

Spring Admission

  • September 15th


To be eligible for consideration, applicants must hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.  

Applicants to all emphasis areas should have completed coursework in computer programming or documented experience in programming. 

Additional eligibility requirements are listed in the tabs below:

  • Applicants should meet the requirements listed below for their chosen emphasis area.

    Computational Science and Engineering

    Upper-division undergraduate coursework in differential equations and linear algebra. (equivalent to MATH 333 and 301 at Boise State)

    Computer Science

    Upper-division undergraduate coursework in data structures and algorithms. (equivalent to CS 321 and 421 at Boise State)


    Upper-division undergraduate coursework in data structures and introductory systems programming. (equivalent to CS 321 and 253 at Boise State)

    Data Science

    Upper-division undergraduate coursework in linear algebra and calculus-based statistics. (equivalent to MATH 301 and 361 at Boise State)  

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

    • In general, successful applicants will have a total score of at least 300 and a score of 150 in the quantitative portion. A score of 330 total and 165 quantitative, or better, is considered excellent.
    • Applicants who have received their master’s degree may submit their previous official GRE scores if they are still valid. Scores must be sent by ETS directly to Boise State.

  • Applicants who have completed a masters degree in a closely related field may request a waiver of the GRE requirement.

    Applicants who request a waiver of the GRE should have completed a research-based thesis as the culminating activity for their Master’s degree.

    To request a GRE waiver submit the request online via this Google Form.

    The Program Co-Directors review waiver requests once per application due date. The deadlines below allow enough time for review and allow applicants to complete the GRE prior to the admission deadline if their waiver is not granted.

    Waiver Request Deadlines

    • November 21st (Fall priority admission January 5th)
    • March 1st (Fall Admission)
    • August 1st (Spring Admission) 

    • Submit scores to Boise State University (code R4018).
    • International applicants who have successfully completed a Bachelors or Masters degree at a regionally-accredited US institution are exempt from submitting language test scores.
    • International applicants 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.
    • TOEFL scores of  587 (paper-based) 94 (internet based) or above are considered good or excellent.
    • IELTS of 6.5 and above are considered good to excellent.
    • Additional information about Boise State language test score requirements can be found on the international admissions website.