2019-2020 Policy Changes
¹The minimum score required for admission is:
- TOEFL iBT score of 80
- IELTS overall score of 6.5 or better †
²Personal statements and any other accompanying documents that are submitted when an applicant applies to a Graduate Program at Boise State University must be uniquely their own. If any part of an application, including a personal statement, statement of purpose, writing sample, or other submitted writing, is plagiarized, or if an applicant intentionally misstates anything in their application, the application may be denied and/or admission to the Graduate College revoked. The penalty for any plagiarism found in an application is immediate rejection or dismissal from an academic program and from Boise State University, even if discovered after the applicant has been admitted and has matriculated at Boise State University. During application, if any discrepancies are found between the uploaded and official academic records or test scores, or if altered or forged records are submitted, Boise State University reserves the right to rescind any offer of admission. Applicants who submit fraudulent or plagiarized documents may be eligible to reapply after two years. ‡
³Simultaneous enrollment in more than one (1) graduate degree program is prohibited by the Graduate College, except in those situations in which a student applies and is admitted into a single master’s degree program while pursuing a doctoral degree (an En Route master’s degree) or a single Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree while pursuing a doctoral degree. In these cases graduate students must apply and be accepted into a Graduate degree program before they have completed the requirements for the degree – no retroactive degrees will be conferred. Because some of the total credit requirement for a degree must be earned after admission to the degree program, doctoral students who are interested in acquiring a master’s degree or an Ed.S. degree while working toward the doctoral degree should promptly apply to the second degree program. †
Simultaneous enrollment in more than two (2) certificate programs, or a single (1) degree program and multiple certificate programs, or a single (1) doctoral degree program with an en route master’s degree program and any certificate programs, or a single (1) doctoral degree program with an Ed.S. degree program and any certificate programs is prohibited by the Graduate College. †
Dissertation supervisory committees must include at least three (3) but no more than five (5) members of the graduate faculty, including any external committee members required by the degree program, but not including the Graduate Faculty Representative (GFR) (see the Graduate Faculty Representative section under Regulations for Doctoral Programs). †
When a graduate student’s graduate supervisor (which, depending on the graduate program, may be their major advisor, program coordinator, department chair, or relevant departmental graduate committee) finds that they aren’t making satisfactory progress towards their graduate degree or certificate and that satisfactory progress cannot be anticipated, a progress, completion or performance plan should be created by the graduate supervisor, and the following steps should be taken:
- Inform the student of the concerns, create a progress/completion/performance plan with the student, develop a timeline, and inform the student of the potential consequences (dismissal from their academic program or programs) if their progress towards completion is not satisfactory. The progress/completion/performance plan should be written, signed by both the supervisor and the student, and a copy should be provided to the student.
- The supervisor should keep in contact with the student to give feedback during the plan timeline and document such contacts (written, email, or otherwise,) and their outcomes.
- At the end of the timeline, if progress is not adequate, the supervisor may recommend dismissal from the program or programs. The recommendation should be sent to the Department Chair or Head or Program Coordinator and the Dean of the Graduate College, and should include documentation of the steps that have been taken with justification for the dismissal from academic program(s)
The recommendation must be referred to the Department Chair or Head or Program Coordinator and the Dean of the Graduate College for final action. Any student that has been dismissed from their academic program(s) for failure to make satisfactory progress may appeal the decision using the Graduate College Appeals Policy. Academic Departments or Programs which invoke this process must have published guidelines explaining the performance indicators which lead to immediate dismissals from academic program(s), as part of their Student Handbook or Departmental Policy. ‡
All students enrolled in a degree or certificate program must meet the following academic performance requirements at the end of the semester that they intend to graduate: (1) cumulative GPA requirement, (2) program GPA requirement, and (3) individual course requirements. †
Graduate students with cumulative graduate GPAs of 3.00 or above are eligible for graduation at the end of the semester that they intend to graduate. Graduate students with cumulative graduate GPAs below 3.00 are ineligible for graduation and are placed (or will remain) on academic probation until their cumulative GPA is 3.00 or above. Students should consult their advisor or the Graduate Program Coordinator for advice and possible options. †
A student who is admitted to a graduate program is required to list on an Application for Admission to Candidacy form the specific courses to be applied to meet all of the credit requirements defined for the program. †
A student who is admitted to a graduate program cannot list a course on an Application for Admission to Candidacy form if the course is graded lower than C or P. An undergraduate course, G-designated course, or transfer course cannot be listed if it is graded lower than B. If the grade for a specific course that is required by the graduate program is too low to be listed on the Application for Admission to Candidacy and if that grade cannot be improved under the course repetition policy, the student is ineligible for the degree or certificate and will be dismissed from the graduate program and Boise State University.
If the course is offered by a department or program that is different from the department or program that offers the graduate degree, then the written approval of the Chair, Head or Director of the Department or Program that offers the course should also be included and is the written approval that is required on the Request to Repeat a Graduate Course form, available on the Registrar’s forms webpage. Certain graduate courses cannot be repeated to improve a grade, including:
- 590 Practicum/Internship,
- 591 Project
- 592 Portfolio
- 593 Thesis
- 596 Independent Study
- 686 Master’s Preliminary Examination
- 687 Doctoral Preliminary Examination
- 690 Master’s Comprehensive Examination
- 691 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
- 693 Dissertation
- 696 Directed Research †
A course that has been completed more than once in an attempt to improve a grade can be listed only once on an Application for Admission to Candidacy form. †
These courses and others like them may be repeated for credit and listed multiple times by a graduate student on his or her Application for Admission to Candidacy form and are subject to all approvals and limitations of the graduate program and the Graduate College. †
Graduate Students should submit a Request for Approval of Transfer Credits (RATC) form electronically, which will be approved by the appropriate Graduate Program Coordinator and the Graduate College, and which will authorize the Graduate College to make changes to the student’s Academic Advisement Report (AAR) so that transfer credits can be directed to meet a previous course requirement. †
A graduate certificate is viewed by some programs as an intermediate accomplishment or stepping stone between a baccalaureate degree and a graduate degree. The Graduate College therefore allows graduate credit (but not undergraduate credit) earned at Boise State University and previously applied to meet the requirements of a Boise State University graduate certificate to also be applied to meet the requirements of a Boise State University graduate degree. This is known as dual application and is subject to the following stipulations:
- The dual application of credit must be consistent with those policies of the graduate program that may limit or preclude such application.
- The dual application of credit must be approved by the graduate program coordinator and the Graduate College.
- All Duration of Graduate Study time constraints imposed by the Graduate College that govern the applicability of the credit must be met. ‡
Credit earned for in-service teacher education or professional education workshop courses cannot be applied to meet the credit requirements of a graduate degree or graduate certificate. This is based on section V.R.3.a.Viii. of the Governing Policies and Procedures of the Idaho State Board of Education. †
A doctoral student may be admitted to candidacy if the student is in regular status, has passed the comprehensive examination, has satisfied any language proficiency requirements, and has completed a set of courses sufficient to satisfy at least one half (1/2) of the total credit requirement with individual course grades of C or better and a program GPA of at least 3.00 (computed for the set of courses). †
A graduate certificate student may be admitted to candidacy if the student is in regular status and has completed a set of courses sufficient to satisfy at least one half (1/2) of the total credit requirement with individual course grades of C or better and a GPA of at least 3.00 (computed for the set of courses). Students should submit their Application for Admission to Candidacy shortly after admission to the certificate program (for certificates that can be completed in one or two semesters) or in the semester for which they are expected to satisfy at least one half (1/2) of the total credit requirement for the certificate. ‡
A student who is enrolled in a graduate program applies for admission to candidacy by submitting to the Graduate College an Application for Admission to Candidacy (AAC) form. †
The program requirements so specified by the student will be used by the Graduate College to evaluate the Application for Admission to Candidacy (AAC) form, and by the Registrar’s Office for the final degree or certificate audit. †
The specific courses that have been approved by the Graduate College as meeting those program requirements are known as the academic requirements for the student, and are listed on the approved Application for Admission to Candidacy form. †
The program of study leading to a Ph.D. or Ed.D. degree must include at least 60 total credits, at least half of which must be earned in courses exclusive of dissertation. †
Doctoral programs at Boise State University may impose residency requirements, in which doctoral students must be enrolled in full-time, on-campus graduate study at Boise State University. A program-specific residency requirement is developed by the program and approved by the Graduate Council. †
Undergraduate students at other colleges and universities may be eligible to work on an accelerated master’s degree at Boise State University. An undergraduate student that is interested in pursuing an accelerated master’s program should contact the relevant Program Coordinator first. In all cases, students that are interested in accelerated master’s degree programs must apply and be admitted as undergraduate students at Boise State University, must apply and be admitted to the accelerated graduate degree program, and must fill out a Permit for Seniors to Take Graduate Courses form once admitted to the accelerated graduate degree program. †
Some doctoral programs offer the opportunity for admitted doctoral students to pursue a master’s degree (en route) while pursuing their doctoral degree. In all cases, students must apply and be admitted to both degree programs. For a doctoral student that wishes to apply to an en route master’s degree program after being admitted to the doctoral program, the student must meet the admissions criteria for the desired master’s program, and admission to the master’s program must be approved by that program’s Graduate Program Coordinator. A doctoral student who already holds a master’s degree in the discipline for which they have applied to an en route master’s degree will not be eligible for the en route master’s degree.
Students must submit a separate application and application fee for the second degree program. Relevant coursework may be counted for both programs, subject to program approval and the development of a combined degree plan. In order to receive the master’s degree en route to the doctoral degree, all degree requirements, including the culminating activity for the master’s degree, must be fulfilled. The culminating activity credits, including master’s thesis, project, practicum/internship, and capstone credits from the en-route master’s programs may not be counted towards the doctoral degree requirements, and doctoral culminating activity credits, including dissertation credits, may not be counted towards the master’s degree requirements, unless explicitly articulated as PhD Track Culminating Activity requirements in the Master’s degree requirements. Research content used for a master’s culminating activity may not be used towards a doctoral dissertation or culminating activity. †
The budgeted components of a full-time GAship must include a salary, payment of tuition and fees (tuition waiver), and fringe costs (including health costs). †
Every GA must be covered by the Boise State University GA Group health insurance plan (an employee plan) throughout the contract period. †
A GA is an “at will” employee of the University and may be lawfully released or terminated without cause at any time with the approval of the Dean of the Graduate College. GAs may be terminated due to unsatisfactory performance of work obligations, unsatisfactory academic performance, unsatisfactory degree progress, violation of the Boise State University Student Code of Conduct, or any other cause of similar magnitude as determined by the Dean of the Graduate College. Termination of Graduate Assistants is guided by Boise State University policy #7170.
A GA is automatically terminated by the University in any of the following circumstances:
The GA completes the degree, the GA voluntarily withdraws or is administratively withdrawn from the degree program, or the GA resigns the graduate assistantship.
In the event of termination, the graduate assistant’s salary will be paid through the termination date or the last day worked. Health insurance coverage stops on the last day of the month or the last day worked. If the termination date is after the first day of class instruction for the semester, tuition and fee payments and waivers remain credited to the student account. If the termination date is before the first day of class instruction, tuition and fee payments and waivers do not remain credited for that semester to the student account.
Additional information about GAs, and about financial aid in general, can be found on the Graduate College website:
Additional GA information for departments is available.
GAs are administered according to Boise State Policy #7170. Information about maximum time commitments, minimum credit requirements, etc. can be found in this policy. The procedures for hiring a GA, the Tuition/Fee Waiver Form, and GA Group Health Insurance plan information may be found. †
Students may be dismissed from their graduate program and from Boise State University for failure to make adequate progress towards their degree, because they have not met the conditions of provisional admission, because they haven’t met the GPA requirements of the Graduate College, or because of a failure to successfully pass a preliminary or comprehensive examination. Students who have been dismissed for one of these reasons are administratively withdrawn from their courses and cannot register until they are either reinstated to the graduate program or readmitted to the Graduate College.
Students may request reinstatement following the policies and procedures established under Boise State University policy #3090. Students who are granted reinstatement to the program within 30 calendar days are not required to reapply to the Graduate College. After 30 days or if the request for reinstatement is denied, students must submit a new online application and application fee. †