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Important Updates For Fall 2020 Applicants

  • Due to ETS suspending testing due to COVID-19 the Computing PhD program is not requiring GRE scores from applicants applying for Fall 2020.
  • International Admissions has implemented special accommodations for students experiencing delays with their official transcripts and English language test scores. Visit their website for additional information. 


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.

Requirements by Emphasis Area

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)

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 Requirements

Due to ETS suspending testing due to Coronavirus the Computing PhD program is not requiring the GRE for applicants for Fall 2020.

  • 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 requesting a waiver are expected to have completed a research-based thesis as the culminating activity of their masters degree. This is demonstrated by thesis credits appearing on a student’s transcript, and/or providing a copy of the thesis.

Requests are reviewed and granted by the Program Co-directors once per application period. (See deadlines below)

Waiver of the GRE requirement does not guarantee nor improve chances of admission.

Submit a GRE Wavier Request   

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.
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