How to Apply

For additional MSISP admissions information, including application deadlines and dates, please visit our admissions page. 

Please note that enrollment for Fall 2024 is now closed.  We will begin accepting applications for Fall 2025 on October 1, 2024.


Step 1: Complete an online application at

Start your application for the MS ISP program on the Apply Texas website:

  • Create an account on Apply Texas
  • Select the "Graduate" application type from the University of Texas at Austin
  • Select the Fall 2025 semester.
  • 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

Step 2: Submit Official transcripts

After satisfying the application fee, provide an official transcript from every 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. Submit electronic copies of your official transcripts to GIAC according to the directions on their website.

Complete guidelines for uploading transcripts are available in Instructions for Uploading Transcripts, a downloadable guide.

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 statement of purpose (SOP). Think of this statement as a cover letter for a job application. The SOP should:

  • Reflect your academic and professional experience,
  • Detail your interest in the MSISP, and how you see the program and interdisciplinary curriculum aligning with your career goals and interests
  • Describe why you feel you are a good candidate for the MSISP program
  • Be limited to 2 pages.

Letters of Recommendation  
You will be given the opportunity to list the name, position, organization and email address for three recommenders when you complete the application. These letters of recommendation can be either academic or professional, or a combination of the two. After you submit your application, emails will be sent to your recommenders directing them to a website where they may upload their letters.

MyStatus offers a self-service feature you can use to resend the request email to your recommenders, if necessary. Use it to supply an alternate email address if your recommender’s spam filter blocks the original request or has removed the link. You can also add a new recommender or revise your right-to-view status from “retained” to “waived.”

Upload an electronic copy of your professional resume.

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.

No GRE/GMAT Score 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). 

TOEFL / IELTS Scores for International Applicants

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

International applicants who are from a qualifying country are exempt from this requirement. Additionally, applicants are exempt from the requirement if they possess a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution or a qualifying country. The requirement is not waived for applicants who have earned a master’s—but not a bachelor’s—degree from a similar institution.