How to Apply

Registration is now open for Fall 2021! Application instructions are provided below—if you have questions about the application process please contact us at

Step 1: Complete an online application at

Start your application for the MS ISP program at Apply Texas.

Once you have created an account, and selected the "Graduate" application type from the University of Texas at Austin, then select the Fall 2021 semester. Finally, choose the "Information Security and Privacy (MSISP, Option III)" program from the drop-down list. For more information, or more detailed application instructions, please contact us at You can find more admissions information about the MSISP program on our Admissions page.

Additional instructions can also be found on the general UT Graduate Admissions website.

Step 2: Submit Official transcripts

Submit electronic copies of your official transcripts to GIAC according to the directions on their website:

After satisfying the application fee, provide an official transcript from every senior college you have attended. Even if courses taken at one institution are recorded on another college's transcript, transcripts must be submitted from the institution at which the courses were taken. Failure to list all colleges on the application and provide those transcripts will be considered an intentional omission and may lead to the cancellation of your application for admission or withdrawal of your offer of admission.

Official transcripts bear the facsimile signature of the registrar and the seal of the issuing institution. Transcripts from U.S. colleges or universities must have been produced within the last calendar year, and should include the award of degree printed on the transcript unless coursework is still in progress. Transcripts written in a language other than English must be accompanied by a translation.

Each transcript (mark sheet) should contain a complete record of studies at the institution from which it is issued (i.e., the subjects taken and grades [marks] earned in each subject).

If your college or university uses the SPEEDE service you can have your transcript(s) sent electronically. Check with the registrar of your institution to find out if transcripts can be sent via the SPEEDE server.

If your college or university uses Parchment, you can have your transcript(s) sent electronically. Please see the Parchment ordering guide for more information

Step 3: Submit Statement of purpose, Letters of Recommendation, and a Resume

After you submit your admissions application, you’ll receive an email from UT Graduate Admission that includes your UT EID, allowing you to access your MyStatus portal, where you can upload the application materials described below, and track your application status. During peak periods, it can take 2–3 days for you to receive this confirmation email. Do not create a UT EID prior to submitting your admissions application as you will not be able to access MyStatus without an application on file.

Statement of Purpose
Once your application is submitted, electronically upload a personal statement. Think of this statement as a cover letter for a job application: it should reflect your academic and professional experience, as well as your career goals and interests, and how the MS ISP will help you reach them. Please limit essays to less than 2 pages.
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 will receive an email with directions for the electronic submission of a letter on your behalf.
Submit an electronic copy of your resume to GIAC according to the directions on their website.

Step 4: Track Your Application on My Status

MyStatus offers access to information about admissions, honors, housing, financial aid and more. Through tabs and lists of pending, completed and recommended items, get secure, individualized information from initial application submission to your final admission decision and beyond.

Use your UT EID and password to log in

NOTE: No GRE or GMAT scores required.

You are not required to submit test scores for either the GRE or the GMAT. However, if you choose to submit a GRE score it will be considered as part or your application. Scores must be sent from the official testing agency to GIAC, using the codes for the University of Texas at Austin. (GRE Code: 6882; GMAT Code: 396-44-45).

International applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores

International students* must submit official test results from either the TOEFL or IELTS exams, according to the guidelines provided by GIAC.

*For international students interested in studying in the US with F1 or J1 visas, please contact an enrollment advisor at

Application Deadlines

Round 1—Application Deadline*:  January 15, 2021
Round 2—Application Deadline*: April 15, 2021
Round 3—Application Deadline*:  July 1, 2021

*Application Deadline:  To apply on time, you must successfully submit your application, along with all of the necessary application materials, before 11:59 PM CST the date of the application deadline.  For more information on application deadlines, please click here.