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Application Requirements – Ph.D.

Prepare your Application

Step 1 - Eligibility

Please note the application and funding deadlines.

Before you start your application confirm that you meet the Program Requirements and Emphasis Area Requirements for the emphasis you are applying to.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission, 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 be able to provide documented experience in programming.

Emphasis Area Requirements

Computational Science and Engineering

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

Computer Science

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

Cyber Security

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

Data Science

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

Step 2 - Collect your Application Materials

Applicants to the computing Ph.D. program must submit all of the items listed below. All materials will be collected via the online application system, but we recommend reviewing the information below and collecting everything before you begin the application process.

Transcripts and GPA

Questionnaire

All Computing areas of emphasis and certificate programs require applicants to have programming experience and meet certain pre-requisite course requirements. It is not always clear how those requirements have been met just by looking at transcripts so these questions will provide important context for the Computing Admission Committee. Some questions will refer to specific courses at Boise State as examples, so it may be helpful to have the undergraduate course catalog open as you complete the form. https://www.boisestate.edu/registrar-catalog/

Complete the Questionnaire

GRE

Applicants must request that ETS send their scores directly to Boise State University code 4018

  • 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.

GRE Waivers

Applicants who have completed a research-based thesis as the culminating activity for their masters degree may request a waiver of the GRE.

Waiver Information

Statement of Purpose

A Statement of Purpose is a statement of your research experience, interests, and goals.

The statement of purpose will be uploaded to a field in the application system.

Do not use templates. Instead, review these resources on how to write an effective statement of purpose, then begin writing your statement in a blank document.

The Computing Ph.D. Program has a zero-tolerance policy regarding plagiarism, which includes using templates.  Applications that are found to contain plagiarized material will be denied. 

CV

The Curriculum Vita (CV) should provide a detailed and comprehensive description of an applicants academic and professional credentials and achievements.

The CV will be uploaded to a field in the application system.

Applicants must provide three letters of recommendation.

We recommend requesting letters from a variety of sources, academic advisors, work supervisors, or others who have served in a supervisory capacity.

Applicants will provide email addresses for each of their references via the application system, and references will be asked to submit their letters to the system electronically.

TOEFL, IELTS, and English Proficiency

For International Applicants Only:

  • International graduate applicants must demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to be considered for admission to Boise State. There are several approved ways for applicants to demonstrate English proficiency. Please refer to the International Admissions Office website for current test score requirements.

Step 3 - Submit Your Application to the Graduate College

Now that you have collected your materials you can begin the application submission process.

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