Page 1

Graduate Programs An Unshakeable Focus on Learning


Welcome to Boise, Idaho! Boise, the capital of Idaho, is the largest city in the state. Located along the Boise River, it spectacularly rises from a lush, green valley surrounded by a mountainous high desert. Home to more than 700,000 people, Boise (pronounced “BOY-see”) is the largest urban area between Salt Lake City and Portland and the third most populous metro area in the Pacific Northwest after Seattle and Portland. Boise offers an affordable launchpad for technology firms and careers. In addition to its burgeoning startup ecosystem, it attracts and retains major industry employers such as Micron Technology, HP, and Clearwater Analytics. It possesses yearlong access to outdoor recreation activities including exceptional whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, biking, and skiing. The low crime rate, cost of living, and mild climate contribute to Boise’s ranking in several publications as being among the “Top 10 Best Places to Live,” one of the “Safest Places to Live in America,” and the “Top 10 Up-and-Coming Cities for Tech Jobs.”

Boise State University Boise State University is a doctoral university with “high research activity” according to the nation’s premier college classification system. With more than 24,000 students from every state and more than 60 foreign countries, it has the largest graduate school in Idaho and grants approximately 46 percent of all bachelor’s degrees conferred by Idaho public universities each year. Its longstanding teaching mission and cutting-edge research programs combine to establish high-quality academics and innovative research solutions that both students and Idaho employers demand. US News and World Report has named Boise State one of the most innovative universities in the country and recognizes the university as one of the best regional colleges in its “America’s Best Colleges” issue. Forbes magazine calls Boise State one of “America’s Top Colleges.” Campus life is vibrant with over 200 student organizations and plenty of campus and community events where students can engage with peers, faculty, and staff. Boise State is also home to the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, Idaho’s premier venue for regional events and national and international touring companies. The center is nationally recognized and is constantly ranked by the industry insiders among the “Top Stops in Universities.” While installation of the iconic blue turf in the stadium may have started as an eye-catching marketing tool, it now represents innovation and the exciting energy of Boise State and the city itself.

College of Engineering Our Culture Twenty years of rapid growth and success have fostered a dynamic academic and research culture. Through an unshakeable focus on learning, the College of Engineering provides students with world-class educational opportunities and hands-on experience through research, internships, and activities. Engineering faculty demonstrate an ongoing commitment to integrating outstanding research and education, with national recognition coming in part from numerous National Science Foundation CAREER awards.

Partners Engineering leadership cultivates effective collaboration with local industry and other research entities in Idaho and throughout the globe. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) located in Idaho Falls, Idaho is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research and development. INL and the College of Engineering, as members of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) research and education consortium, conduct cutting-edge energy research, educate the next generation of scientists and engineers, and partner with industry to advance competitiveness. Micron Technology is a long-standing partner to the university and to the college. It sponsored development of doctoral programs in both the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering and the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.


Facilities Numerous College of Engineering graduate and undergraduate students currently engage in research in over 63 state-of-the-art engineering research laboratories. Sixteen of them are situated in the Micron Center for Materials Research which was opened in the summer of 2020. This 97,000 square foot facility, launched with a $25 million gift from the Micron Foundation, includes both classroom and research space and hosts interdisciplinary materials research integrating faculty and students across campus.

College of Engineering Graduate Programs at Boise State University The College of Engineering graduate program is currently the highest-ranked graduate engineering program in Idaho, by the US News and World Report 2021.

PhD Programs PhD in Biomedical Engineering (BME) This transdisciplinary program is a partnership between the Colleges of Engineering, Health Sciences, and Arts and Sciences, and gives students the opportunity to apply engineering principles to medicine and biology. This new doctoral program aims to produce researchers who can work seamlessly across disciplines to develop innovative solutions to complex challenges in human health and well-being. The program currently has three specialized tracks of study: biomechanics, human performance, and mechanobiology. https://www.boisestate.edu/bme/

PhD in Computing Faculty members from Chemistry and Biochemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics contribute to this program. This broad reach allows faculty and students to leverage a diverse and unique set of approaches, skills, and expertise that enable and complement the research effort. The program includes four emphases: Computational Science and Engineering, Computer Science, Cybersecurity and Data Science. https://www.boisestate.edu/computing/

PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) The students in this program have the opportunity to participate in transformative research that advances our understanding of nanotechnology, wireless sensor networks, mixed-signal circuits, photonics, plasma electronics, and embedded systems. Faculty from Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering contribute their expertise to this degree offering. Among the facilities available is the Idaho Microfabrication Laboratory, which is a research and education resource offering a “clean room” environment dedicated to advancing materials and processes. https://www.boisestate.edu/coen-ece/programs/grad-programs/#doctor-of-philosophy


PhD in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) This interdisciplinary program integrates faculty from Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. Based on a strong foundation of radical collaboration and industry support, research fields include nanoscale fabrication, shape memory alloys, DNA nanotechnology, energy, biomaterials, materials characterization, polymeric materials, and materials modeling. The students in this program are encouraged to solve global challenges of enduring significance through materials innovation. https://www.boisestate.edu/coen-materials/academic-programs/phd-program/

PhD in Geosciences Civil Engineering and Geosciences faculty members work with students in this program to advance our understanding of hydrology, climate change, water resources planning and management, environmental studies, and geoenvironmental and geotechnical engineering. https://www.boisestate.edu/earth/degrees/phd-geosciences/

Our transdisciplinary doctoral programs, fueled by interconnections with departments, offer flexibility and convergent research opportunities.

Master’s Programs Civil Engineering The department offers two distinct graduate degree programs and one interdisciplinary program: The Master of Science in Civil Engineering includes a research component and culminates in a thesis representing an original contribution to knowledge in civil engineering. This prepares students for future work in industry or doctoral studies. Areas include water resources, geoenvironmental and geotechnical engineering, sustainable infrastructure materials, and transportation engineering. There is an option for an accelerated master’s degree in which students may apply 9 credit hours of courses in their senior year toward a graduate degree. The Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering is a non-thesis program allowing students to engage in advanced coursework in a specific area of expertise to support their professional development. The Master of Science in Hydrologic Sciences program is administered through the Geosciences Department as an interdisciplinary program. In this program the students take more classes in hydrologic sciences. https://www.boisestate.edu/coen-ce/graduate-students/


Computer Science The department offers an M.S. in Computer Science and an M.A. in Education, Curriculum and Instruction with a Computer Science pathway: The Master of Science in Computer Science program enables students to specialize in computer science topics in classes taught by highly regarded faculty members. The program culminates with a thesis or a project. https://www.boisestate.edu/coen-cs/academics/masters-program/ The Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction with a specialized pathway in STEM Education with Computer Science program prepares secondary teachers to teach nationally developed computer science courses designed to engage high school students. The new computer science course enables high school students to receive high school core math or science credit, as well as dual credit or advanced placement for select courses. The introductory course is designed for all secondary students to explore computer science. https://www.boisestate.edu/education-cifs/ma-eci/

Electrical and Computer Engineering In the Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering program, students engage in research leading to the development of new technologies. The program culminates in a thesis preparation and public defense. This course of study trains students for future work in industry or doctoral studies in areas such as nanotechnology, wireless sensor networks, mixed-signal circuits, photonics, plasma electronics, or embedded systems. The Master of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering program is a non-thesis program of study based on advanced coursework for professional preparation. Students may be admitted into the program as non-degree seeking or may apply credit hours from their senior year toward an accelerated master’s program. https://www.boisestate.edu/coen-ece/programs/grad-programs/

Materials Science & Engineering The Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering program enhances fundamental knowledge of materials science. Students develop their research and technical communication skills to prepare for further study at the doctoral level or to promote future career opportunities. To obtain the degree, students complete coursework and a thesis. Students investigate research topics of national importance and gain professional experience by publishing in peer-reviewed journals and by participating in presentations and conferences that offer opportunities for global exposure. The Master of Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering program is a non-thesis program based only on coursework through which students gain advanced professional expertise. https://www.boisestate.edu/coen-materials/academic-programs/graduate-programs/

Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering In the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program, students benefit from exploring a range of topics which includes modeling using high-performance computing to model “big” data, energy scavenging, control of energy systems, heat transfer, and studying injuries to design innovative medical solutions. Students specifically benefit from the collaboration with TechHelp manufacturing specialists who provide professional and technical assistance, training, and information. Laboratory work and multidisciplinary research between biology, physics, and engineering give broad viewpoints to students regarding future work perspectives and offer possibilities on obtaining a doctoral degree through other programs. The Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering is a non-thesis program with a focus on advanced professional development. https://www.boisestate.edu/coen-mbe/graduate/


Online Masters Programs MS Cyber Operations and Resilience (CORe) CORe is an asynchronous online program that prepares students to advance/ accelerate their careers in the cybersecurity industry by providing advanced knowledge to anticipate, detect, mitigate, and manage cybersecurity and cyber-physical threats. CORe prepares learners by leveraging a “systems thinking” approach which enables a holistic view of the threat landscape. CORe is designed around the realities of today’s ever changing cybersecurity/cyber-physical landscape and is focused on understanding the technical, people, and policy aspects necessary to design, remediate, and operate resilient information and physical systems. https://www.boisestate.edu/online/masters-cyber-operations-and-resilience/

Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning (OPWL) OPWL graduate programs foster a broad range of knowledge and skills required to identify, analyze, and solve a variety of organizational performance problems in diverse settings. In these programs, students learn how to think strategically and design interventions that consider the full range of factors required to achieve desired results. The Master of Science in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning (OPWL) program is intended to prepare students for careers in instructional design, training and development, e-learning, workplace performance improvement, organizational development, program evaluation, and performance consulting. Students prepare a portfolio of real-life project reports, case studies, and work samples. There is also an option for thesis preparation. https://www.boisestate.edu/opwl/

Graduate Certificates Computer Science Graduate Certificate – Teacher Endorsement leads to an endorsement with courses that prepare in-service teachers to teach computer science in high schools.

Graduate Certificate in Foundations in Materials Science and Engineering provides foundational knowledge about materials science and engineering.

Graduate Certificate in Nanomaterials Science and Engineering offers the breadth of nanoscale materials science and engineering while each course provides depth within key topics.

Graduate Certificate in Computational Materials Science and Engineering provides an interdisciplinary opportunity to develop and apply computational tools in the field of materials science and engineering.

Graduate Certificate in Workplace Performance Improvement emphasizes the practical application of process models, tools, and techniques to achieve successful outcomes.

Graduate Certificate in Workplace E-Learning Design and Development (WELDD) emphasizes the competencies to design, develop, and manage workplace e-learning and performance support systems.

Graduate Certificate in Workplace Instructional Design (WIDe) highlights the knowledge and skills required to create instructional programs designed to improve employee productivity.

Graduate Certificate in Secondary Teaching for Engineers prepares students to qualify for teacher certification from the Idaho State Department of Education. Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security emphasises the computer and software security and applied cryptography. Graduate Certificate in Data Science offers knowledge and skills in machine learning, probability statistics, as well as computational statistics.


Graduate Certificate in Machine Learning provides basic ideas in large scale data analysis and natural language processing. Graduate Certificate in Governance Policy Administration emphasize on preparing students for risk management, law, ethics, governance and compliance as it applies to the cyber industry. Graduate Certificate in Resilience Engineering emphasize on preparing students to create resilient systems, design networks and build code and architecture. Graduate Certificate in Analyst and Threat Intelligence emphasize on preparing students to understand threats, detect and protect from cyber warfare and manage conflicts.

Admission Two Boise State University units work together to admit students to the College of Engineering graduate programs: the Graduate College, and the specific College of Engineering school or department that sponsors the program. To apply, follow instructions in the link below. The information provided includes extensive resources about offerings and the admissions process. Once the Graduate College approves application documents, the specific program reviews them as well. School or department faculty ultimately determine each applicant’s admission status and the potential levels of financial support available. https://www.boisestate.edu/graduatecollege/howtoapply/

Financial Support Assistantships Our programs offer assistantships to highly qualified students. You do not need to complete an additional application. During our admissions process, we will consider assistantships for all applicants to our doctoral and master’s programs, but awards are dependent upon available funding. Assistantships typically include an annual stipend. We will also provide students receiving a full scholarship with health insurance. Candidates who apply for and receive a GEM scholarship will also have the non resident portion of their tuition waived. We encourage you to apply. https://www.boisestate.edu/graduatecollege/funding/merit-based-gem-scholarship/ Students are encouraged to contact individual program coordinators to inquire further about assistantship availability within specific areas of interest.

Fellowships Fellowships are financial awards with various stipulations such as performing research, studying a specific area of expertise, maintaining a minimum grade point average (GPA), and submitting regular progress reports and/or a comprehensive report upon graduation. Many externally funded fellowships are available. College resources are available to students regarding the preparation of competitive fellowship applications.

Scholarships Scholarships are financial awards that may or may not be renewable (when awards “renew,” it means they apply to each school year). Free national scholarship internet search programs and websites are available to students who wish to identify scholarship opportunities.

Federal and Private Student Loans Federal and private student loans are available through various application processes. Federal student loans usually offer a fixed interest rate and income-based repayment plans. Private loans can be more expensive than federal student loans. Federal Student Aid, an office of the US Department of Education, offers a thorough comparison of federal versus private student loans. The Boise State University Financial Aid Office may offer assistance with completing a financial aid application. https://www.boisestate.edu/financialaid/home/apply-for-aid/graduate-students/


AT a GLANC Construction Management


Electrical and Computer MISSION STATEMENT: THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING (COEN) MS & PhD STUDENT ENROLLMENT Engineering HON Through an unshakeable focus on learning, we provide accessible, exceptional-qualit


recognized programs of instruction, research and service that prepare students for e

Graduate Students and Faculty

and other high technology careers. We foster innovative research and practical solut support individuals and organizations in Idaho, the Northwest region, and beyond.




cept for OPWL which is an MS program

44 7


Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering


481 112

ction ment

= 100 degree-seeking graduate students


102 2

22 SINCE1811 1997 In-state

Engineering PLUS




Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering

er Science



$10M { 615



409 Inter 30 count

Undergraduate and graduate students

Undergraduate students



Organizational TOP TEN BACHELOR DEGREES: al and ENROLLMENT Performance and BY ACADEMIC LEVEL 2 er Workplace Learning FACULTY AND RESEARCHSCHOLARS Civil Engineering ring LLMENT PER SCHOOL AND ON GR RO AL MLSMENT HONORS MS & PhD STU DENPTRE HONORS Computer Science & AWARDS ENROLLMENT PER SCHOOL AND PROGRAMS HONORS & AWARDS duate only except for OPWL which Undergraduate is an MS program Construction Management only except for OPWL which is an MS program FULL TIME Electrical and Computer Engineering FACULTY Bachelor Degrees granted 2015 Mechanical and Civil Engineering Micron19 School ofCAREER Materials Science andinEngin Biomedical Engineering 9 9 4 0 SINCE Junior and Civil Engineering 254 Mechanical BOISE STATE COEN Mechanical and AWARDS Biomedical Engineering MS Students PhD Students 481 = 100 underg Biomedical Engineering Senior CAREER 769 103 CAR Organizational Performance and Workplace

16 63







Computer Science

684 COEN

102 2


Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering





SPACE ONMicron CAMPUS School of MaterialsRESEARCH



561 RESEARCH LABS Mate Freshman OF 2NUMBER 87 Cent 112 GRADUATE Ener SERVICE CENTERS TOP TEN 22 SINCE 1997 113 SCHOLARS 12 SIN AND CORE FACILITIES OVER 252,000 STUDENTS: 384 Graduate Degrees granted in Idah 2015

Construction Management



Computer Science



685 154

2nd degree

Construction Management

Engineering PLUS

Science and Engineering 60

Electrical and Computer Engineering


Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning

16 63State Engineering PLUS Boise Centerfeet for of Teaching, Research, Square




Materials Characterization and Computer Labs and Office Space = 10 graduat Center for Advanced 40 SINCE 1999 Energy Studies (CAES) Revised 4-21 Idaho Microfabrication Lab

FACULTY AND RESEARCH SCHOOLS AND DEPARTMENTS WITHIN COEN: 7 TOP TEN DEPARTMENTS WITHIN COEN: 7 Electrical and Performance and Supercomputing, Visualization, Computer Workplace Learning SCHOLARS and Big Data Facilities


Profile for Michele Armstrong

COEN Graduate Program Brochure Spring 2021  

COEN Graduate Program Brochure Spring 2021  


Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded