How Long Will It Take?

This is one of the most common questions we hear from future students. We work with each student, their individual life circumstances and specific program requirements to get them through a degree quickly and efficiently. Attend an online information session to find out how you can complete your degree at a pace that works with your life.

Transfer Credits

How long it takes you to complete your degree will depend on how many credits you bring with you that can be applied to your Boise State degree. If you’ve completed coursework before at a regionally accredited college or university, it will take significantly less time than if you are starting school for the first time (though if you are starting from the beginning, we have great options to help accelerate your path to graduation). Our Student Success Team can help you determine how your credits will transfer into Boise State and what you may still need to finish your degree.

Full- or Part-Time

The time it will take you to graduate also depends on if you decide to attend full or part-time. At Boise State, a full-time load means 12 or more credits per semester. Taking a full-time course load will help you reach graduation more quickly but may not be the best fit for all students, especially if you are balancing work, family and other life responsibilities while attending college.

Whether you decide to attend full or part-time, all of our programs run year round so you can take classes each semester and keep progressing to graduation.

Program Choice

The final consideration that impacts how long it will take you to graduate is the program you choose. Our programs differ in the rigidity of course scheduling–from options where you build your own pathway, those offered on a rotating schedule to a locked-in path from your first class to graduation.

Additionally, many of our programs run on accelerated schedules, with classes offered in five- or seven-week formats so you can complete more classes during each traditional 15-week term.

Find Your Program

Want to know how long it will take you to finish your program of interest? Select it from the drop down below.

Have questions? Contact our Enrollment and Student Success Team for support by emailing us at or calling (208) 426-5921.