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Graduate Programs

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The Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering offers the following graduate degree programs:

Our graduate students work closely with internationally recognized faculty members from several disciplines including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, and more. The opportunity to learn from the best, interact with industry partners, and collaborate with international researchers adds to the significance of our curriculum. Research and educational collaborations extend well beyond Boise State to other universities within the U.S. and overseas, as well as with multiple government agencies and industry partners.

Who Should Apply?

Materials Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary field and we accept applicants from a variety of engineering and science backgrounds. If you have a B.S. degree in a materials science and engineering-related field (materials, metallurgy, ceramics, or polymer engineering,) other engineering field (mechanical, electrical, chemical, industrial, civil, aerospace, biological, environmental, computer, or nuclear,) the physical sciences (physics, earth science, or chemistry,) the life sciences, or mathematics, you should apply.

How Much Does it Cost to Attend?

We have your support in mind! Full-time students accepted into the M.S. or Ph.D. Program are supported with a tuition waiver, research assistantship, and a competitive salary, leaving you ample time to study, conduct research, and network with peers.

Is there an Admissions Application Deadline?

  • Fall semester priority admissions applications are due on January 15
  • Fall semester regular admissions applications are due on May 15
  • Spring semester priority admissions applications are due on August 15
  • Spring semester regular admissions applications are due on October 15

We do accept applications throughout the year; however, all application materials must be on file by the priority application deadline (Fall Semester: January 15 or Spring Semester: August 15) to receive priority consideration for graduate assistantship funding.

The MSE graduate program adheres to the Council of Graduate Schools Resolution. This resolution provides a national deadline of April 15 for prospective graduate students to accept an offer of financial support for the fall semester.

What are the Admission Requirements?

Admission is highly competitive and is based on meeting the requirements set forth by the Boise State Graduate College, your transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores (G077RE), statement of purpose, and resume. You should submit a clear and articulate statement of purpose and very strong letters of recommendation from faculty members and supervisors who know you well.

Are there Other Admission Requirements for International Students?

Completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required for international students. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores should be sent directly from ETS to Boise State University (institutional code 4018). Information about minimum scores and exemption from this requirement can be found on the Center for Global Education website.

What Happens after I Apply?

Your application will be evaluated by the Micron School of Materials Graduate Admissions Committee. The Boise State Graduate College will make the final admission decision and notify you and the Micron School of Materials Science of your admission status.

Do I Need to Identify A Major Advisor in Order to be Admitted?

We occasionally accept graduate students who have not identified a major advisor; however, most students must have a major advisor before being accepted. It is imperative that you identify, communicate with, and meet potential major advisors well before your anticipated start date. We can help you connect with faculty who are seeking graduate students in your area of interest.


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Phone: 208/426-5600