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Accelerated Masters Program


The Accelerated Master of Science in Cybersecurity is an exciting opportunity for selected Boise State University undergraduate students. This program allows current Boise State undergrads to select three graduate courses (nine credits) that can be taken during their undergraduate career and applied to both their Bachelor’s degree and Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree requirements. Students accepted into the accelerated masters degree track may be able to complete their MS in as little as one year.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to the MS in Cybersecurity program requires completion of no fewer than 75 credits towards a relevant bachelor’s degree, including completion of CS321 for students interested in a Computer Science Emphasis, MATH307 for Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Emphasis, and ITM305 for Management Emphasis. These prerequisites must be successfully completed no later than the end of the application semester.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • GPA of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale in upper-division coursework

GRE Not Required

Applicants are not required to take GRE examination.

Program Acceptance

Meeting these eligibility requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the accelerated master’s degree programs. The Dean of the Graduate College makes the final decision on whether an undergraduate student is accepted into this program. When students in the accelerated program complete their undergraduate degree requirements, they will receive their bachelor’s degree and will then be classified as graduate students to continue their studies in the master’s program.

Application Materials

You must submit all of the following application materials in order to be considered for the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program:

  • Submit an application to the Boise State University Graduate College. Under the “Academic Goal” section, be sure to indicate that this is an accelerated application. You must mark “yes” to be considered for an accelerated track.
  • Transcript. Official transcripts must be submitted by your previous school or an approved transcript service provider according to the instructions for submitting official transcripts.
  • A resume/CV.  Please include a comprehensive description of your academic and professional credentials and achievements.
  • Personal Statement.  Please include information about your future career goals and how this program will help you achieve those goals, any work experience or academic successes, and any other information that could provide evidence of your motivation, skills and character. Please limit your statement to fewer than 500 words.

NOTE: The GRE or GMAT scores are NOT required. Submission of one recommendation letter is strongly encouraged, but not required.

Application Process

Students should take the following steps once all application fees have been submitted:

  1. Contact the Program Coordinator at to help arrange a consultation with a faculty advisor who will help to find the graduate courses you should take.
  2. Complete the “Permit for Seniors to Take Graduate Courses” form (available at the registrar’s website) for each graduate course you are taking. Be sure to choose Option III on that form and designate “MS in Cybersecurity” as your designated graduate program.
  3. Collect a signature from the course instructor and send the completed form to the MS in Cybersecurity email address at
  4. The Registrar’s Office will process the enrollment for you. Do not attempt to enroll in these graduate courses independently.

NOTE: Please be aware that you will be charged graduate tuition and fees for the graduate courses you take.