How to Apply

Registration is now closed for Fall 2020. Registration for the Fall 2021 semester will be open again September 25, 2020.

Application instructions are provided below—if you have questions about the application process please contact us at

Required Application Materials

Complete online application at

You can apply 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 2020 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

Additional instructions can be found on the website of the UT Graduate Admissions page.

Official transcripts

Submit electronic copies of your official transcripts to GIAC according to the directions on their website. You must provide one copy of the official academic transcript from every senior college you have attended, even if those courses are reflected on the transcript from another school.
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. Otherwise, create and upload a PDF of the official paper transcript issued to you by the registrar using the Document Upload System. It will be considered unofficial but can be used to process your application for admission. You should redact your Social Security number from the transcript before you upload, but other alterations are not permitted. Complete guidelines for uploading transcripts are available in Instructions for Uploading Transcripts, a downloadable guide.

We cannot accept electronic transcripts sent by registrars or third-party entities in any other format (e.g. by email or by links to secure websites). Please do not mail official transcripts or paper copies of your transcripts before you are offered admission. Sending paper copies of documents will significantly delay the processing of your application.

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).

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.

A current resume

Submit an electronic copy of your resume to GIAC according to the directions on their website.

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