FAQs for Prospective Students
If you can’t find answers here, contact the Educational Technology Department Office at (208) 426-4008 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is this program accredited?
A: Certainly. We are accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, one of the six regional accrediting agencies authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. Further, the College of Education is fully accredited by NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Our program is in full alignment with AECT Standards for programs in instructional design, as well.
Is the GRE required?
We offer two degrees, a Master of Science in Educational Technology (MS) and a Master of Educational Technology (MET). Admission for the MS degree requires GRE scores, while admission for the MET degree does not.
What kind of GPA is required for admission?
We require a minimum GPA of 3.0 but we sometimes admit students with lower scores on a 12-credit provisional basis. Provisional students who earn a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 in those first four courses are invited to continue working toward a master’s degree.
Can I go at my own pace?
No. All students are in highly interactive classes in which assignments are generally due weekly. However, which day that you do your work, or which hour of the day (or night) that you do your work is entirely up to you.
Do I have to write a thesis
Only if you are in the MS degree program. MET students complete a digital portfolio to demonstrate competency.
Can I take classes before I am accepted into the master's program?
This question has two answers. (A): Transcripts sometimes take a long time to arrive, so the Graduate Admissions Office allows degree-seeking students one semester of grace. (B): Non-degree-seeking students may complete as many credits as they’d like but a maximum of 9 credit hours can be taken outside a master’s program and transferred in—whether those credits were earned elsewhere or in the EdTech Department at Boise State. We welcome students who want to take just one class to fulfill an elective in a master’s program at another institution.
Is financial aid available?
Sure. The federal student loan program provides the funding for master’s degree students. Financial aid is not available for graduate certificates alone, but will be provided if a student enrolls simultaneously in a certificate and master’s program.
Can I transfer graduate credit from another university to meet my degree requirements?
We can accept nine semester credits from accredited institutions if the credits are five year or newer and are full-fee academic credits, as opposed to professional development credits. In other words, if the credits could have been applied toward a master’s degree at the granting institution, we would likely accept them. But frankly, we’d rather not because our rich selection of electives sets us apart as the most innovative EdTech program in America. Talk it over with your admissions adviser. If you decide to transfer courses, submit course titles and descriptions. We will also require a syllabus for each. Digital copies are preferred. These transfer credits will be evaluated for acceptance as part of your admissions packet.
If I apply to the master's program, can I also earn a graduate certificate
Yes, but only if you apply before finishing your first course in the certificate program. We strongly recommend ALL of our masters students to simultaneously enroll in a graduate certificate. There are no extra fees or time required to complete both programs. Check with your admissions adviser.