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.

General 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 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 iSchool programs.


  • 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).
  • 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 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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Master's Programs

Application Deadline: Feb. 1st
MSIS Requirements
MSISP Requirements

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Doctoral Program

Application Deadline: Dec. 1st
PhD Requirements