Admissions

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Admissions
Ready to become an iSchooler? Here are the next steps toward beginning your studies at the School of Information.

Thank you for considering The University of Texas at Austin School of Information's degree and certificate programs!

 

Undergraduate Admissions Procedures

The Office of Admissions handles admissions for freshmen and transfer students to The University of Texas at Austin. See our Undergraduate Admissions page for application deadlines and resources. If you are a current UT student wanting to transfer from another school/college into the Informatics program or add Informatics as a second major, please visit our Internal Transfer Admissions page to learn how to apply.


The application deadline for freshmen (first time in college students) is December 1st and the external transfer student deadline is March 1st for fall admission or October 1st for spring admission. The deadline for current UT students to apply for internal transfer is March 1st


 

Graduate Admissions Procedures

Admission to the School of Information's graduate programs requires applicants to complete the following general application procedures for the UT Graduate School. For full details, refer to the Graduate School’s Admissions page. Please allow plenty of time to process your application.

Option III Master of Science in Information Security and Privacy (MSISP) program applicants, review admission requirements here.


The application deadline for the PhD program is December 1st and the MSIS program deadline is February 1st. Note: Spring admission is not available for any graduate programs.

GRE Scores: For the Fall 2021 admissions cycle only, the School of Information will not require GRE scores as part of the application for the MSIS and PhD programs. Submission of scores is optional for applicants who would like to provide the Admissions Committee additional information about their potential for success in the program.


  • Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) application for admission and admission fee: The Texas Common Application is available at ApplyTexas.org.
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended: Submit electronic copies of your official transcripts according to the GIAC website. Please avoid mailing paper copies to ensure a quicker processing of your application.
  • An official report of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores: Scores must be sent from the official testing agency to GIAC, using the codes for The University of Texas at Austin (GRE Code: 6882). (Optional for Fall 2021 applicants.)
  • Statement of Purpose: Once your application is submitted, electronically upload a statement of purpose for your desired program of study: See MSIS Requirements or PhD Requirements.
  • Three 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 contact will receive an email with directions for submitting a recommendation letter online.
  • Resume/CV
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students only): International students must submit official test results from either the TOEFL or IELTS exams, according to the guidelines provided by GIAC.

 

Certificate Program Admissions (Non-Degree Seeking Students)

Applicants to the School Librarian Certificate program (who already have a master's degree) or the Certificate of Advanced Study program should apply to the UT Graduate School as non-degree seeking students

School Librarian Certificate Requirements

To apply to the SLC certificate program, all applicants must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education that at the time was accredited or otherwise approved by an accrediting organization recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. 
  2. Hold a teaching certificate from the Texas Education Agency or other State’s teacher certificate agency.
  3. Have and provide evidence of two years full-time classroom teaching experience in a public or accredited private school. Applicant’s service record from Texas Education Agency or other State’s teacher certificate agency is required. 

If you already have a master's degree, follow general procedures for admission to the Master of Science in Information Studies (MSIS) program. Select “Non-Degree Seeker” in the degree status field on the GIAC application. 

If you do NOT have a masters degree, follow general procedures for admission to the MSIS program and complete all required courses for the MSIS degree.

Learn more about the School Librarian Certificate Program

Certificate of Advanced Study Requirements

Complete the CAS application. (PDF | Word)

  • Students must design their program of study in conjunction with, and receive approval from, a special area advisor.
  • Minimum of (12) semester hours. More semester hours may be necessary depending on the student's academic background and professional goals.
  • More than half of the course hours will be taken in the School of Information and no more than six (6) semester hours of upper-division undergraduate courses can be taken.
  • An Individual Studies course (INF 381) or an INF 388 exit or experience course must be included.
  • Submit CAS Completion Form in the last two weeks of the student's final semester. (PDF | Word)

Learn more about the Certificate of Advanced Study Program

Deadlines & Requirements

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Bachelor's Program

Application Deadline: Dec. 1st
Undergraduate Admissions

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Master's Programs

Application Deadline: Feb. 1st
MSIS Requirements
MSISP Requirements

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Doctoral Program

Application Deadline: Dec. 1st
PhD Requirements