The Master of Science in Information Security and Privacy (MSISP) is the nation’s premiere professional degree program for those seeking employment or advancement in management or executive roles in information security and privacy. The Center for Identity joined with The University of Texas School of Information (ranked among the Top 5 in the U.S.) to offer this unique interdisciplinary program bringing together law, public policy, communications, technology and the social sciences. The MSISP delivers a 360-degree perspective of information security and privacy not available through existing programs in cybersecurity and information assurance.
Study in-person on the UT Austin campus, or online via synchronous remote learning.
No GRE/GMAT scores required
Classes meet one weekend per month (Friday and Saturday 8am-5pm CT)
Graduate in 21 months with a degree from the UT Austin (2 classes/semester for 5 consecutive semesters)
Classes begin Fall 2023
Tuition is $45,000 (Payable by Semester)
No course or major requirements for admissions into the MS ISP degree program.
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Have questions? Visit our Request Information page where you can fill out a short form to receive detailed information about the program, or schedule a 1-on-1 appointment with an enrollment advisor. You can also register for one of our online infosessions on our Events page.
Please visit our How-To-Apply page for detailed application instructions and a link to the ApplyTexas portal where you can start your online application. For additional admissions information, including application dates and deadlines, please visit our Admissions page.
If you are interested in studying full-time under an F1 or J1 visa, please visit our admissions page for detailed information on the requirements for full-time international students. We recommend making an appointment with an enrollment advisor before applying.
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What Students Are Saying about MSISP
Yesterday I was tasked with completing a real-life vulnerability/risk matrix similar to one we had to complete for a class assignment. It was such a strange sensation to feel fully empowered to engage in an exercise in a new way because of the techniques I have learned so far. I even included a column outlining the pillars of the CIA triad that would be compromised in the event the vulnerabilities in question were exploited. Thanks for helping me learn. It has been great! and my boss sure was impressed!
Mel Farber—Director, IT Risk and Compliance at Brunswick Corporation
Utilizing the interdisciplinary excellence of the School of Information in particular and The University of Texas at Austin as a whole, the subject matter expertise of the Center for Identity, and the leadership of Center and iSchool partners, the program provides a 360-degree perspective on information security and privacy that is not available through existing programs in cybersecurity and information assurance.
The School of Information is 6th ranked in the nation, with a faculty from various disciplines, experienced in all aspects of information studies. Faculty from UT Austin’s top-ranked McCombs School of Business, Cockrell School of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts, and Moody College of Communication add broad and unique perspectives to the curriculum.
CAREER GROWTH AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Graduates from the MSISP will join one of the fastest growing fields in today’s marketplace. As valuable leaders in an emerging discipline that impacts a wide range of industries, government and law enforcement, MS ISP graduates are in high demand.
NATIONAL CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
The Center for Identity produces the MSISP program, and is a national center of excellence for research, education, and outreach in identity management, security, and privacy. Center for Identity research and partnerships inform the program curriculum and benefit students.
Brian CasanovaTask Force Office-Central Texas Cyber Crimes Task Force
Herman GoodenDirector of Security and Emergency ManagementMissile Defense Agency
Ken MeiserVice President Market & Industry Insights at LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Lorenzo SantaviccaProgram Manager - Privacy ComplianceGoogle & Alphabet
Thomas ScamardoCyber Mission Specialist-Booz Allen Hamilton
Corey Trevor-WilsonSecurity Operations AnalystDimensional Fund Advisors LP