Application Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the Minimum TOEFL or IELTS Score for International Students?
See Boise State University TOEFL and IELTS requirements. Meeting this minimum requirement does not guarantee admission.
What is the Minimum GRE Score?
Effective January 25, 2021, our program no longer requires applicants to submit GRE scores.
What is the Minimum GPA?
3.0. Meeting this minimum requirement does not guarantee admission.
What should I put in my Statement of Purpose?
Highlight your strengths, acknowledge past weaknesses and what you have done to overcome those or strengthen yourself in light of those weak elements. Follow the elements identified in the Graduate Catalog (specific page) and application. All statements of purpose are checked for plagiarism.
What is the Application Procedure? When are the Application Deadlines?
See Boise State University’s Graduate College checklist. Applications must be submitted no later than May 1st for Fall admission and October 15th for Spring admission.
How can I Submit an Assistantship Application?
When submitting your application online, you can specify whether or not you would like to apply for graduate assistantship. There is no additional form for assistantship application. For priority consideration for assistantship funding, applications must be submitted by January 15th for fall admission or October 15th for the spring admission. Other funding opportunities can be found on the graduate school website.
Are there Tracks or Specializations in the MS CS Program?
There are no tracks or specializations; students are able to choose any subset of courses in consultation with their advisor. You may view individual faculty pages and/or a list of faculty sorted by research areas.
My Baccalaureate Degree is not in Computer Science. May I Apply for the MS CS?
Regular admission requires foundational knowledge in computer science, including introductory programming courses, data structures, and calculus (e.g. a minor in Computer Science). We welcome students transitioning from other backgrounds and encourage them to seek this foundation before applying. The statement of purpose instructions in the Graduate Catalog (specific page) and application guide applicants on how to share their preparedness for starting the program.
What are the Tuition Rates and Fees?
See Boise State University Financial Services Tuition Information.