Why Information Security and Privacy?
The Master of Science in Information Security and Privacy (ISP) 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 MS ISP 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. There are no in-person requirements for this program, and students can choose to attend either online or in-person on any given class weekend.
No GRE/GMAT scores required for the application
Classes meet one weekend per month (Friday and Saturday 8am-5pm CT)
Graduate in 21 months with a degree from the UT Austin (5 consecutive semesters)
Classes begin Fall 2022
Tuition is $45,000 (Payable by Semester)
Who Should Apply
No prerequisite classes or background in information security and privacy are required. An invitation to apply is open to anyone looking to guide businesses, government agencies, and law enforcement toward effective solutions in information security and privacy. The MS ISP curriculum is designed to engage professionals working across all sectors to address information security and privacy challenges and opportunities, including mid and upper-level management, human resources, policy and governance, law enforcement, and information technology, or those wishing to develop the expertise to obtain such roles.
Ready to Get Started?
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 please visit our Admissions page.
Speak with an Enrollment Advisor
To make an appointment with an MS ISP enrollment advisor, please visit our Request Information page and use the convenient, automatic scheduling tool.
If you are interested in studying full-time under an F1 or J1 visa, please visit our admissions page for detailed information on the additional rules and requirements for full-time international students.
The 21-month program provides the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree while working full-time, and graduates receive the same UT graduate degree as those awarded by the traditional, full-time graduate programs. Classes meet one weekend per month (Friday + Saturday 8am-5pm) and can be taken online or in-person. For students who choose to attend in person, classes are held at the University's campus in Austin, one of the fastest-growing cities in the country and a meeting place for business, technology and entrepreneurial leaders. Online students attend classes simultaneously via a convenient web conferencing application.
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.
Graduates from the MS ISP 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.
The Center for Identity is a national center of excellence for research, education, and outreach in identity management, security, and privacy.
Students benefit from the extensive industry partnerships at with key market players at both the Center for Identity and the iSchool.
What Students Are Saying about MS ISP
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
Meet Our Alumni
As a Task Force Officer, I am responsible for investigating cybercrimes, such as ransomware, data breaches, malware and various others. Prior to joining the Task Force, I was an investigator for a large municipal department. As a result of my experiences and coursework at the School of Information I was able to receive a promotion to a Federal Task Force, where I am able to use lessons learned on a daily basis. The coursework that I experienced prepared me to integrate myself with my coworkers almost immediately with little on-boarding time. —Brian Casanova,Task Force Office Central Texas Cyber Crimes Task Force
As a Director of Security and Emergency Management within the Department of Defense (DOD), this program helped me gain cutting-edge knowledge into the complexities of security challenges and apply relevant approaches to achieve security solutions. The curriculum analyzes real-world challenges and combines policy with technical options for solutions. It also created a venue to discuss multiple aspects of security within domains at the local, state, and federal levels. These interactions provided multiple perspectives for identity and information security proposals that broadened my understanding of how to approach challenges and develop relevant solutions. Herman Gooden Jr, Director of Security and Emergency Management, Missile Defense Agency
I work with the federal government on their CDM (Continuous Diagnostics & Mitigation) Identity & Access Management solution through tools like Sailpoint and CyberArk. The program cultivates a military/government student base that is particularly favored by the federal government and contractors; and is something my employers were very interested in when describing the program. They also appreciated the numerous legal and regulatory courses the program provides, as these issues are very high visibility and require a large amount of attention to detail, something the program has prepared me well for. —Thomas Scamardo Cyber Mission Specialist for Booz Allen Hamilton
This program does a great job of tying the dimensions of information security and privacy together. The inclusion of public policy studies has been very useful to me. I’ve been able to leverage these skills to be a much better advocate on the issues of information security and privacy. Integration of technical content has also been useful; as a business-side manager, these classes gave me new skills which increased the effectiveness of my interactions with my IT counterparts. Most valuable was the interactions with my classmates—their perspectives as we studied these issues proved invaluable. —Ken Meiser Vice President Market & Industry Insights at LexisNexis Risk Solutions