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Admission Requirements


  • Priority Deadline for Fall Admission and Program Funding Consideration: January 15th.
  • Deadline to apply for fall admission: April 15th
  • Deadline for 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.  In addition, applicants should meet the requirements listed below for their chosen emphasis area.

Emphasis Area Requirements

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:  beginning  spring  2019

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

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 coursework.
  • Applicants with a Master’s degree are recommended to have a GPA of 3.3 or better in their Master’s degree program.

GRE Scores:

  • 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 for admission to the master’s program.
  • This requirement may be waived if the applicant has a masters degree in a closely related field.  Please contact the Program Administrator if you would like to be considered for a waiver.


  • 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.

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