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Prospective Graduate Students

Applying to the Program

Application to the Family Studies program consists of several steps:

1. Complete a Graduate Admission Application.

Before applicants can apply to the Family Studies program, they must apply first to the Graduate College of Boise State University. Students who are not accepted by the Graduate College are eliminated from consideration for the Family Studies program. Students can complete a Graduate Admission Application online, or can complete a hard copy application that is found inside the front cover of the Graduate Catalog. A $55 non-refundable application fee must be submitted along with the Graduate Admission Application. With the Graduate College application, students must also submit official transcripts, sent directly from each post-high school institution they have attended (students do not have to submit transcripts from BSU, as these can be obtained electronically by the Graduate College). The Graduate College bases admissions criteria on the following:
  • Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA): Successful applicants to the Graduate College must have either a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4-point scale) or a GPA of at least 3.00 for the most recent 60 credits completed.
  • International students will be required to submit Official TOEFL results. The TOEFL is a test of English language proficiency. In addition, international students must also complete an International Student Graduate Application available through the International Students Office (, and provide documentation to demonstrate adequate financial resources to cover one year of living expenses, tuition, and fees.

2. Complete application materials for admission to the Family Studies program.

If criteria for admission to the Graduate College are met, the applicant’s file will be sent to the Family Studies program director. Before the Family Studies program director and other reviewers make a decision on an applicant, the following materials must be submitted directly to the Family Studies program director at the following address: Dr. Cynthia Campbell, Family Studies Program Director, Department of Psychological Science, Boise State University, 1910 University Dr., Boise, ID 83725-1715. Materials can also be dropped off at the Psychology Office, Education Building, 6th Floor.
  • Three letters of recommendation – these can either be mailed directly to the Program Director or included in your application package with a signature across the sealed envelope. Ideally, at least one should be from a former professor (although this may not be possible for applicants who are returning to college after many years). Other suitable references include employment supervisors and volunteer coordinators.
  • A formal statement of least 250 words explaining the applicant’s educational and career background and future objectives, as well as how these objectives correspond to the Family Studies program.
  • A current copy of the applicant’s resume or curriculum vita.

Application review for students applying for the fall semester will begin April 15th. Application review for students applying for the spring semester will begin October 15th.

Application files that are completed by the deadlines will receive priority review. Students meeting all Graduate College and Family Studies program criteria who are accepted into the Family Studies program will be notified by the Family Studies Program Director.

If there are any questions that have not been answered or clarification is needed on any point, please feel free to contact the Family Studies Program Director:

Cynthia Campbell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Director, Family Studies