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UT iSchool partners with Center for Identity to offer first ever Option III program

The University of Texas School of Information has joined forces with the Center for Identity as the school ventures into its first foray of offering executive and alternative education.

The UT School of Information has partnered with the Center for Identity to create a new, Option III master’s program in Identity Management and Security. UT iSchool faculty and selected professors from around campus will oversee the program along with the director of the Center for Identity. Because of this partnership, the iSchool will offer this new degree program in fall 2015 in conjunction with its regular Master of Science in Information Studies and doctorate programs.

“The development of a new master’s program is an exciting development for the iSchool and it will mark a new era for us of delivering two distinct masters programs,” said Andrew Dillon, Dean of the University of Texas School of Information. “Identity management is becoming recognized as a vital component in the information infrastructure of our world, and it transcends commercial, cultural and medical sectors. At the University of Texas, we believe that such matters require a truly interdisciplinary approach and we are committed to enabling the best minds to deliver the best education across boundaries.”

Courses will be offered one weekend a month at UT and online. The class listing is as follows:

Introduction to Identity Management, Security and Privacy

Identity in Society and Community

Identity Risk and Benefit Analysis

Identity Communications

Business Practices and Governance

Identity Security

The Policy of Identity

Identity and Law

Identity Information Management and Repositories

Master of Science Degree Report


 “Issues of identity authentication and personal information protection are becoming vitally important to many organizations, and will be an increasing individual concern in all areas of life this century,” Dillon said. “Identity security is more than a technical issue, it involves a deep understanding of the human and social aspects of information use and management across platforms and contexts.  The strength of this partnership is a special combination of expertise our two groups bring to this area. I do not believe any one academic unit could provide the depth and breadth that is enabled by the partnership of the iSchool and the Center for Identity.”

In this digital age, governmental and private entities seek professionals who understand the business practices, policy, law, communications, technology and social solutions for managing, protecting and securing Personally Identifiable Information.

The MSIMS program will accept applicants with a Bachelor of Arts or Science from a wide range of academic disciplines.

The Master of Science in Identity Management and Security degree program is currently pending final approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The iSchool will host online MSIMS program information sessions Thursday, June 25 at 12 p.m. CDT and Thursday, July 16 at 6 p.m. CDT. To register for an information session click here.

For more information on the MSIMS program, visit http://msims.ischool.utexas.edu/. Enrollment for the first class is expected to be capped at 25 students.