Graduate School Admission FAQs

General Questions

Applicants applying as degree-seeking students must request that each institution at which they have taken any post-secondary work submit one official transcript (i.e., in a university sealed envelope) directly to the Graduate School. Faxed, emailed and electronic transcripts will not be accepted. All official transcripts must be mailed directly from the school and cannot be collected and mailed in by the student. Idaho State University undergraduate transcripts are available to the Graduate School and need not be forwarded by the applicant.

Non-degree seeking applicants must provide a transcript showing proof of degree.

Degree-seeking applicants must clearly indicate the graduate program desired on the application form.

GRE/GMAT/MAT scores must be submitted for degree-seeking applicants, as per the sliding GPA/Test Score admissions scale:

  • 3.5+ No GRE required
  • 3.0-3.499 40 percentile in at least one area GRE (40 percentile MAT)
  •  2.5-2.999 combined (V/Q) minimum score 1000 (45 percentile MAT)

Some departments, and EdS, and doctoral admission have higher admission standards.

Generally, students applying for admission to a doctoral program must hold a master's degree and must have achieved at least the 50th percentile in one of the aptitude sections (V/Q/A) of the GRE.

Applications for graduate admission may be obtained online or from the Graduate School.

 

Some programs require additional information (e.g., letters of recommendation); please contact the department and review individual departmental sections of the Graduate Catalog for additional requirements.

Classified, Classified (with Performance Requirements) and Unclassified (Non-degree seeking).

Students may enroll in professional development courses offered under the 5598P number without being admitted to Graduate School; however, they must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution at the time they enter the class or receive special permission from the Dean of the Graduate School if they are last semester seniors. Please see the Graduate Catalog for additional information on 5597 and 5598P courses.

Seniors in residence at Idaho State University, with permission of the Graduate School, may register for up to 6 graduate credits during the semester or summer session in which they will complete the bachelor's degree at Idaho State University.

Yes. International students transferring from a school within the United States must be in status with Immigration and Naturalization Services to be issued an I-20 form from Idaho State University. A transfer form will be sent after the application has been received, to be completed as verification of acceptable immigration status.

Yes. 3-year academic bachelor's degrees are evaluated individually and assessed relative to the Graduate School and department admission requirements.

Orientation is a combination of online (required) and live/in-person (recommended). Login/online registration information is included with admission notification letters.

Application Processing

While some programs have earlier and/or specific application deadlines, priority deadlines for applications to be completed and returned to the Graduate School are:

  • April 1 for summer semester enrollment,
  • April 1 for fall semester enrollment
  • November 15th for spring semester enrollment

You can track your application online via your online application process, or contact the Graduate School Admissions Clerk at (208) 282-2150.

Applicants who have been accepted into Graduate School will receive a notification letter (and a copy of the Approval for Admission form) from the Graduate School. Those who have not been admitted will receive a letter from the Graduate School.

Students who were previously admitted to Graduate School are required to reapply and pay the application fee if they fail to enroll for over 2 years.

Transcripts/GPA

Applicants applying as degree-seeking students must request that each institution from which they have taken any post-secondary work submit one official transcript (i.e., in a university sealed envelope) directly to the Graduate School. Idaho State University undergraduate transcripts are available to the Graduate School and need not be forwarded by the applicant.

Non-degree seeking applicants must provide a transcript showing proof of degree. Please see additional requirements for degree-seeking, last semester seniors, and international students under those headings in the Graduate Catalog.

 

GPA is calculated based on the last 60 credits (90 quarter credit hours), using complete semesters of undergraduate coursework.

The applicant will need to request current official transcripts from these universities be sent to the Graduate School. Applicants do not need to request Idaho State University transcripts be sent to the Graduate School.

Supporting materials are held by the Graduate School until the application file is complete. Completed application files are forwarded to departments for evaluation.

Yes. However, fax documents are typically not considered official.

Entrance Exam/Tests

Idaho State University uses a sliding GPA/Test Score scale:

  • 3.5+ No GRE required
  • 3.0-3.499 40%tile in at least one area GRE (40%tile MAT)
  • 2.5-2.999 combined (V/Q) minimum score 1000 (45%tile MAT)


Some departments and EdS, and doctoral admission, have higher standards. Generally, students applying for admission to a doctoral program must hold a master's degree and must have achieved at least the 50th percentile in one of the aptitude sections (V/Q/A) of the GRE.

Generally yes; however, Idaho State University uses a sliding GPA/Test Score scale (GPA is based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate coursework):

  • 3.5+ No GRE required
  • 3.0-3.499 40%tile at least one area GRE (40%tile MAT)
  • 2.5-2.999 combined (V/Q) minimum score 1000 (45%tile MAT)

Some departments and doctoral admission have higher standards. Generally, students applying for admission to a doctoral program must hold a master's degree and must have achieved at least the 50th percentile in one of the aptitude sections (V/Q/A) of the GRE. The GRE/MAT/GMAT scores are also used for other graduate purposes (e.g., NRTW awards, assistantships, etc.).

 

To register for the GRE/GMAT/MAT, contact the Idaho State University Counseling and Testing Center at (208) 282-2130.

The Idaho State University code is 4355. Specific departmental codes may vary and are available from the Counseling and Testing Center.

Fees

Applicants must include a $55 non-refundable application fee with each application form. Students who do not pay the required application fee will not be processed for admission.

The application fee may be paid by check, payable to Idaho State University and submitted with the application; or by credit card. To pay by credit card, call the University Cashier's Office at (208) 282-2900.

Contact

gradschool@isu.edu

1-208-282-2150

208-282-4847

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