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Applying to Boise State University

Finding the right graduate program is challenging. We’re here to help answer your questions so that when you arrive on campus you can focus on your research and academics.

At Boise State, you are considered a graduate applicant if you are applying to a Master’s or Doctoral degree program. Students enrolling in a Boise State graduate program must have completed a Bachelor’s degree prior to enrollment.

Graduate Application Process

How Your Application is Reviewed

Each graduate program at Boise State establishes its own process for reviewing student applications. Your admissions decision will be based upon all of the information you provide in your application and supporting materials.

For questions regarding your admissibility or how certain pieces of your application are considered, your specific academic program will be your best point of contact.

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

Who is considered an international student at Boise State University?

You are considered an international applicant if you are a non-U.S. citizen and will require a visa to study legally in the United States. Permanent Residents, Refugees, and Asylum-seekers are not considered international students.

How does Boise State consider applicants with dual citizenship?

If you have dual citizenship, you can indicate this on your application. If you hold U.S. citizenship, Boise State will consider you as a domestic applicant even if you also hold citizenship in another country.

I am still enrolled in my previous institution's program. Can I still apply to Boise State?

Yes! Boise State will consider you based upon your in-progress transcripts. We require that you submit your final official transcripts prior to enrollment in your second-semester on campus.

Can you waive my application fee?

Unfortunately, we are unable to waive application fees for international graduate applicants at this time.

How long will it be before I receive an admissions decision?

Graduate admissions decisions are typically issued within ten weeks after your application is forwarded to your academic department for review. This timeline can vary depending upon the time of year, your individual application, and the volume of applications your program is receiving.

Transcripts & Marksheets

What transcripts or marksheets are considered official? How should I submit my transcripts?

Your transcripts or marksheets will be considered official if they are issued by the school you attended and sent to us directly by the institution. Transcripts should be in a sealed envelope with the issuing school’s official stamp on both the document and across the seal of the envelope.

All official transcripts should be submitted by mail or through an approved secure sending service.

Does Boise State accept emailed transcripts?

We do not accept transcripts by email or fax.

Do I need to have my transcripts translated?

Yes. If your transcripts are issued in a language other than English, you must also send a certified, literal translation for consideration.

Do I need to submit an external credential evaluation (e.g. WES, ECE, etc.)?

No. Credential evaluation for admissions purposes is all done by International Admissions staff. No external credential evaluation is required during the admissions process.

English Proficiency

How do international students demonstrate their English proficiency when applying to Boise State?

You can demonstrate your English proficiency in a number of ways. International graduate applicants must submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score unless they qualify for an exemption. Please review our English proficiency requirements section for the full list of ways that you can prove your English ability.

I don't have a TOEFL or IELTS score. Can I still apply to Boise State?

Some graduate applicants may qualify for a waiver of their English proficiency requirement depending on their academic backgrounds. Most international graduate students must submit a TOEFL or IELTS result.

My situation is unique and I'm not sure if I need to submit proof of English proficiency. What should I do?

First, review our English proficiency requirements located on this page. If you have already submitted an application to Boise State, you may appeal our English proficiency policy by submitting the English Proficiency Policy Appeal Form. Please allow 7 – 10 business days for review of your policy appeal.

If you’re still unsure, please email us at

Test Scores

Are international students required to submit GRE or GMAT results?

Testing requirements vary between graduate programs. Please carefully review the requirements for your specific graduate program in order to determine which tests you will need to submit when applying.

How do I send my test scores to Boise State University?

Test results should be sent as official copies directly from the testing agency. Boise State University’s school code for sending TOEFL scores is 4018.