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Admission Procedures

Step One

Note: This page is not for application to our doctoral programs or education specialist program. For more information, please go to either Doctoral Programs or Education Specialist Program

EdTech admission advisers are happy to assist you during the admission process!

Admission to the Graduate College

U.S. citizens and citizens of U.S. protectorates should first apply to the Graduate College “apply here”. The graduate application fee is $65 for a degree program and an additional $45 if students choose to add a graduate certificate. Instructions to earn two certificates with the M.E.T.

Students may choose to add a graduate certificate after starting a degree program but they must do so before they have completed more than 1/2 of the certificate’s credit requirements. The university will not award a graduate certificate to students who complete more than 1/2 of a program’s courses before applying for the certificate.
Graduate Application Fees:
Domestic Applications
$65 – any graduate degree program
$45 – any certificate program

International Applications
$95 – any graduate degree
$95 – any certificate program

NOTE: Educational Technology programs are not eligible for the educational tuition and fee waiver benefit.

International students must complete the steps found here.
For Military benefits information, please visit:

Note: To receive financial aid, new students must be officially accepted by both the EdTech Dept. and the Graduate College before the first day of classes each semester.

Step Two

Submitting Transcripts

Non-degree-seeking applicants must submit a transcript from the institution granting their highest degree. Certificate, master’s, and doctoral applicants must submit official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.

GPA between 2.75-2.99 – Applicants may be considered for provisional admission with the condition that they maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA during the first twelve graduate credits. Failure to meet this condition will result in automatic removal from the program.

GPA below 2.75 –You may submit application materials to be considered for provisional admission to the Ed Tech program after you have completed six graduate credits with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Provisional admission requires you to maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA during the first twelve graduate credits. Failure to meet this condition will result in automatic removal from the program.

For transfer credit questions, please see our policy here: Transfer Credit Policy.

This Request for Approval of Transfer Credits Form needs be filled out and sent to your admissions adviser:
Transfer Credits Form.

Instruct institutions to send transcripts directly to Graduate Admission and Degree Services via regular mail, fax, or electronically with password protection.

Graduate Admissions Office,
Riverside Hall, Rm. 304
1910 University Drive,
Boise, ID 83725-1110

Phone: (208) 426-3903 or (800) 824-7017
Fax: (208) 426-2789

Step Three

Register for Your Courses

A) Beginning M.E.T. students should register for EdTech 501 and EdTech 502 to begin the program unless permission is given by advisors to deviate from this order.

B) Register for courses as soon as you receive your student ID number and Boise State email address from the Graduate College. Do not wait for notice of acceptance before registering because classes fill quickly.  Payment is not required at the time of registration.  This just reserves a seat for you.
For registration go to

C)  Remember to complete the last step when registering for classes on my.boisestate.eduDo not leave your classes in your shopping cart!! Classes left in shopping carts will not be registered.

NOTE:  Please see Registrar Boise State Academic Calendars for important dates and deadlines!

Step Four

Apply to the Department of Educational Technology

  1. A letter of application containing the following:
    1. Contact information
      1. Your name
      2. Mailing Address
      3. Phone number
      4. Email address
    2. Desired Degree
      1. Master of Science in Educational Technology (M.S.E.T.)
      2. Master of Educational Technology (M.E.T.)
      3. Graduate Certificate in (certificate focus)
    3. Personal statement
        1. M.E.T. and Certificate Only applicants, in about 500 words, tell us about your educational and professional background, your career goals, and how our coursework will help you attain them. Also, tell us why you are choosing our program and why you will be a successful graduate student.

      Note for GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATIONAL GAMES AND SIMULATIONS applicants:   In addition to the above, in a new paragraph or two, also discuss your rationale for pursuing advanced studies in educational games and simulations. Specifically, address your personal and professional history with digital games and/or simulations, and your purpose (goals) for applying to the Graduate Certificate in Educational Games and Simulations.

      1. M.S.E.T. applicants, please compose a 500-word personal statement that discusses your educational and professional background, as well as your academic and professional goals. In your statement, be sure to include a discussion of the research area you wish to emphasize in your M.S.E.T. program of studies.
      2. Write it in Times New Roman (or equivalent) in 12-point regular.
      3. Single-space.
      4. Utilize the admission essay grading rubric to edit and critique your essay. This is the same rubric that will be used to evaluate your essay.
      5. Save the letter (.doc., docx, .rtf., or .pdf) and upload it as part of your application to the Graduate College. If you have any questions about admissions procedures, please call our admissions advisers—either Jerry Foster at 208-426-4008 or Dixie Conner at  619-741-7748.
    This is a plan of your graduate program and indicates which semesters/years you plan to take each course to complete the program. This form, with instructions, will be shared with you at your Boise State email address from Google Docs as soon as your application is received from the Graduate College.  (The EdTech Department receives applications after all transcripts have been received by the Graduate College and the application fee has been paid.)  A completed form is required for admissions.  See the course schedule here:

NOTE:  Personal statements must be uploaded to the application before they will be evaluated. Incomplete applications will be held for a maximum of 30 days. After 30 days, incomplete applications will be sent back to the graduate college as “incomplete.”

Step Five

Submit GRE scores (M.S.E.T. and Ed.D. degrees only)

Applicants for the Master of Science in Educational Technology (M.S.E.T.) degree should submit GRE scores by contacting the Educational Testing Services (ETS) and providing ETS with the Boise State code: R4018.

We do not accept students into our M.S.E.T. or Ed.D. programs without GRE scores; the exam requirement will not be waived. GRE scores are not required of M.E.T. applicants. Scores are only valid for five years from the date of the test.

Preference will be given to applicants who have earned scores on the Graduate Record Exam that meet or exceed the 33rd percentile on each of the three components (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical). If the student is required to take the TOEFL, which will be determined by the Graduate College and International Admissions, the student must at least meet the minimum scores set by the university and show that his or her academic writing in English does not need major revisions.

“Preferred” means students with scores at or higher than those noted above will be given higher consideration in the application review process than students whose scores are lower. They should be keenly aware, however, that the GRE is but one of many components in the selection process. Some students feel that a high score all but guarantees admission, or that a low score automatically disqualifies, but neither perception is correct. All of us in the department want high quality students who will be excellent leaders, not just people who do really well on standardized tests.

Admissions Steps for International Students

International students should apply through the International Admissions Office. Please access the application form by clicking

1. Application deadlines for M.E.T. and non-degree-seeking students
To begin Fall semester— May 15th
To begin Spring semester—October 15th
To begin Summer term—March 1

2. Application deadlines for M.S.E.T. students
To begin Summer term or Fall semester—March 15
To begin Spring semester—September 15

3. M.S.E.T. students are required to submit GRE scores. The GMAT is never required for any EdTech students. M.E.T. and non-degree-seeking students are not required to submit GRE scores and should write N/A. on the application form where it asks for GRE/GMAT information.

4. Student visas are not available to students completing online courses such as the M.S.E.T. programs. As a result, the financial documentation form — necessary for student visa paperwork — is not required of international students who are participating in these programs.

5. International students cannot register for classes until they are fully admitted.

If your transcripts are not in English, please have them translated by a certified language translation service. The original and translated transcripts should be mailed to:
Boise State University
International Student Admissions Office
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1320

*English Language Proficiency*
The minimum TOEFL score for EdTech students is 587 on the paper-based exam and 95 on the computer-based exam. The minimum IELTS test score is a 6.5. If you have a degree from an accredited university in the United States, your English Proficiency requirement may be waived. If you have a degree from an international university where English is the only official language of the country and the language of instruction is completely in English, your proficiency requirement may be waived. This requirement is waived for Canadians native to all provinces except Quebec. For more details please contact the International Admissions Office.

Disability Accommodations

Students with disabilities who need special accommodations to fully participate in this class should contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC).
All accommodations must be approved through the Disability Resource Center prior to being implemented. To learn more about the accommodation process, visit the DRC’s website at
The Disability Resource Center is located on the first floor of the Lincoln Parking Garage, on the corner of Lincoln Ave. and University Dr. at Boise State University. They are available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Phone: 208.426.1583