General Admissions Procedures

Admission to the School of Information MSIS Program requires:

  • Meeting the MSIS Program Requirements
  • Admission to the Graduate School of University of Texas
  • Admission to the University of Texas School of Information

Master's Program Requirements

  • The completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent education at a foreign institution
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher in all junior- and senior-level upper division and graduate level-coursework attempted or completed
  • A satisfactory score on the GRE. The median GRE (combined Verbal and Quantitative) of School of Information master's-level students in recent years has typically been slightly above 312 for GRE's taken after August 1, 2011. GMAT scores are not accepted

Admission to any School of Information program requires applicants to complete the following general application procedures for the UT Graduate School. Please allow plenty of time to process your application. For further information, please refer to the Graduate School’s Admissions page.

  • GIAC Application for admission and Admission Fee. The electronic application is available at
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended. Submit electronic copies of your official transcripts according to the GIAC website. Please avoid mailing paper copies to ensure a quicker processing of your application.
  • An official report of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores Scores must be sent from the official testing agency to GIAC, using the codes for the University of Texas at Austin (GRE Code: 6882).
  • Personal Statement. Once your application is submitted, electronically upload a personal statement reflecting your long-range career objectives and desired program of study.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation. You will be asked to submit the names and contact information of three recommenders at the time of your online application. After submitting the application, each contact will receive an email with directions for submitting a recommendation letter online.
  • Résumé/CV
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students only) International Students must submit official test results from either the TOEFL or IELTS exams, according to the guidelines provided by GIAC.

Applications for the Fall Semester are due on February 1st. Spring Semester admission is not available (Note: Please disregard the October 1 deadline indicated on the Texas Common Application.)

MSIS applicants are encouraged to read the MSIS Admissions Handbook and MSIS Program Handbook for specific program guidelines.

Option III Master of Science in Identity Management and Security program applicants can view specific requirements here.

Ph.D. Program Requirements

Applications are due by *1st December* for both U.S. and international students (deadline was previously 15th December). Spring semester admission is not available. Late applications may be submitted but are not guaranteed equal consideration, and fewer funding packages may be available for us to offer you. Even if you are still missing some elements (e.g., GRE score, transcripts), please submit everything you have as early as possible; the application system will permit you to add further materials to your application later as they become available. We take a holistic approach to considering doctoral applicants; as such we do not have particular GRE cut-off points.

The Statement of Purpose is a key document in your doctoral application. The Statement of Purpose should make an argument for your preparation for undertaking research training in your area of interest. You may find it useful to consult online resources about Statements of Purpose for doctoral study in your area (some guides in various areas can be found here In particular, your Statement of Purpose should identify faculty at the school whose research aligns with your research interests: use the faculty directory and the Funded Research page to identify faculty research interests. You are also welcome to contact the Director of Doctoral Studies to discuss potential faculty matches.

The ApplyTexas system gives two options for submitting your Statement of Purpose: 1) "Submit your essay online" (which mentions a plain-text editor), and 2) "Preferred: Upload your essay". Please choose the second option and upload your Statement of Purpose as a PDF after your application is submitted. If you use the first option the statements are presented to the committee in a way that is awkward to read.

If you have any questions about the academic side of the doctoral program, or content of the Statement of Purpose (inc. faculty matches), please contact Dr. Yan Zhang, Director of Doctoral Studies, by email.

If you have questions about application logistics (e.g., fee waivers, GRE or english test requirements, application completeness, transcripts etc.) please contact the Graduate School graduate admissions team.

Visit the Ph.D. program page for specific program guidelines.

Certificate of Advanced Study Requirements

Application process for non-degree seekers:

Complete CAS Application. (PDF | Word)

  • Students must design their program of study in conjunction with, and receive approval from, a special area advisor.
  • Minimum of (12) semester hours. More semester hours may be necessary depending on the student's academic background and professional goals.
  • More than half of the course hours will be taken in the School of Information and no more than six (6) semester hours of upper-division undergraduate courses can be taken.
  • An Individual Studies course (INF 381) or an INF 388 exit or experience course must be included.
  • Submit CAS Completion Form in the last two weeks of the student's final semester. (PDF | Word)