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M.S. in Computer Science

As a graduate student in the CS department, you can take advantage of:

  • Small classes taught by highly regarded faculty members
  • Opportunities to participate in cutting edge research
  • A collegial department atmosphere, where students and faculty interact frequently

Application and Admission Requirements

Applicants must have either a baccalaureate degree in computer science, or a baccalaureate degree in a related field plus substantial course work and/or professional experience in computer science, with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Start the application for MS in Computer Science by clicking the button below. It will walk you through the steps needed and will prompt you for the appropriate information.

Completed applications will be reviewed by the Computer Science Graduate Committee.

  • Applicants who meet the stated requirements and whose computer science background is deemed sufficient will be admitted to the program with Regular status. Admission to the program is competitive.
  • Applicants whose computer science background is deemed deficient may be granted admission with Provisional status. In this case the applicant will be required to pass specific undergraduate computer science courses in order to remove the deficiency and be granted Regular admission status.
  • Unless otherwise specified, all deficiencies must be removed within two years of Provisional admission to the program. Time spent in Provisional status counts toward the limit of five years (or up to seven years if an extension is granted) allowed for completion of the degree.
  • The program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours and a typical full-time student finishes the program in two years. A part-time student might take 3-4 years. The degree program is flexible allowing students to work with their adviser to shape it to their needs. More thorough degree requirements and course offerings can be found in the most recent Graduate Catalog.

For more information contact:

Jerry Alan Fails, CS Graduate Committee Chair
Office: CCP 257
Phone: (208) 426-5783


Application Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What is the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score for international students?

A: See Boise State University requirements.  Meeting this minimum requirement does not guarantee admission.

Q. What is the minimum GRE score?

A. 300 (Quantitative 150). Meeting this minimum requirement does not guarantee admission. All applications will be reviewed in their entirety, if the GRE score is below the minimum, provisional admission is possible with strong evidence of success in other parts of the application.

Q. What is the minimum GPA?

A: 3.0. Meeting this minimum requirement does not guarantee admission.

Q: What is the application procedure? Is there a checklist? When are the application deadlines?

A: See Boise State University’s Graduate College checklist. Applications must be submitted no later than May 1st for Fall admission and October 15th for Spring admission.

Q. How can I submit an assistantship application?

A. When submitting your application online, you can specify whether or not you would like to apply for graduate assistantship. There is no additional form for assistantship application. For priority consideration for assistantship funding, applications must be submitted by January 15th for fall admission or October 15th for the spring admission. Other funding opportunities can be found on the graduate school website.

Q. Are there tracks or specializations in the MS CS program?

A. There are no tracks or specializations; students are able to choose any subset of courses in consultation with their advisor. You may view individual faculty pages and/or a list of faculty sorted by research areas.

Q. My baccalaureate degree is not in computer science. May I apply for MS CS?

A. Regular admission typically requires the equivalent of a minor in computer science which includes introductory programming courses, data structures and discrete mathematics among other courses. The Graduate Committee may grant applicants provisional admission, that requires students to take certain undergraduate computer science courses, depending on their background. These courses would typically be completed within the first two semesters.

Q. What are the tuition rates and fees?

A: See Boise State University Financial Services Tuition Information.

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