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This Ph.D. program has three emphasis areas to select from:

Computational Science and Engineering:
Focus on construction of mathematical models and quantitative analysis techniques and use of computers to analyze and solve scientific and engineering problems.

Computer Science:
Focus on theory, design, development, and application of computer and software systems, and the development of algorithms for data search, manipulation, and analysis.

Cyber Security:
Focus on protection of computers, networks, programs, industrial control systems, and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change, or destruction.


Contact Information

Dr. Timothy Andersen
(208) 426-2470
City Center Plaza
777 West Main St.,
Boise, ID 83702

Dr. Jodi Mead
(208) 426-2432
Mathematics Building
1910 University Dr.,
Boise, ID 83725-1555

Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy in Computing, Ph.D.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the minimum admission requirements for the Graduate College. Applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a closely related field from an accredited college or university. Normally a student will hold a master’s degree before being granted admission to the program. Those holding undergraduate degrees are encouraged to submit an application to a relevant Masters program at Boise State University. *Up to 21 credits from a relevant Masters program may be transferred to the PhD program, and so significant progress can be made towards the PhD degree.  Some exceptionally talented students may enter the PhD program directly upon receiving a bachelor’s degree with the special approval of the Faculty Steering Committee.

  1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. A statement of research experience, interests, and goals. The statement should clearly state the emphasis area being applied to (Computer Science, Computational Science and Engineering, or Cyber Security) and name three PhD faculty members in the emphasis area as a prospective major advisor. An applicant who intends to enroll as a part-time student should provide details on the plan of study.
  3. Curriculum Vitae.
  4. Official transcripts sent directly to the Graduate College. Applicants with a Master’s degree are recommended to have a GPA of 3.3 or better in their Master’s degree program. Applicants without a Master’s degree are recommended to have a GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 40 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  5. Three letters of recommendation.
  6. GRE Scores, which must be submitted directly to Boise State University (Code 4018). While submission of GRE scores is required, no minimum scores are explicitly specified. The GRE scores are evaluated together with the applicant’s professional background. Applicants who have received their master’s degree may submit their previous official GRE scores used for their admission to the master’s program.
  7. TOEFL/IELTS score for those applicants whose native language is not English. Test scores must be submitted directly to Boise State University (code 4018),

Each emphasis also has additional admission requirements as described below.

Admission to the Computer Science emphasis requires core undergraduate coursework in computer science.

Admission to the Computational Science and Engineering emphasis requires upper division undergraduate coursework in differential equations, linear algebra, probability and statistics, and computer programming experience with a major language such as C, C++, Fortran, Java, or Python. If an applicant is deficient in any of these areas, up to two upper division undergraduate elective courses outside the applicant’s major field of study can be taken while enrolled in the program and used for credit towards the degree.

Admission to the Cyber Security emphasis requires undergraduate coursework in computer programming in a major language (such as C, C++, Java, or Python) and data structures.

*Transfer credits must satisfy Boise State University transfer credit policies.


All full-time students who have submitted complete applications by the priority dates listed below are automatically considered for program supported graduate assistantship (GA). GA awards are typically awarded in the fall, and are awarded for one year. Spring GA awards may be offered if funding becomes available.

Priority Deadlines:

Fall Semester: January 15
Spring Semester: September 15

Application and Materials Deadlines

Fall Semester: April 15
Spring Semester: November 1