How to Apply

Applications for Fall 2019 are now closed.  The application period for Fall 2020 will begin in September.  
Application instructions are provided below—if you have questions about the application process please contact us at

Required Application Materials

Complete online application at

All applicants must use the online application found at ApplyTexas. When prompted to choose a semester of entry, please select "Fall (Aug - Dec) 2019." Then choose "Identity Management and Security (Option III)" from the drop-down list on the following page.

Additional instructions can be found on the website of the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC).

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. Please do not submit paper copies of your documents; this will significantly slow down the processing of your application.

Official GRE or GMAT scores

You must submit test scores for either the GRE or the GMAT. 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). Please allow sufficient time for your test scores to reach the University upon completion of the exam.

GRE/GMAT waivers are available for applicants that either 1) hold a Master's degree issued by a peer institution, or 2) have taken the GRE/GMAT within the last 10 years. For more information, or for to apply for a waiver, please contact us at

Personal Statement

Once your application is submitted, electronically upload a personal statement reflecting your career goals and interests, and how the MSIMS 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.

*Please note: International students who enroll in the MSIMS program are not eligible for F1 or J1 visas.