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To be considered for admission, applicants must complete two applications: one to the Graduate School of the University (GIAC) and one to the School of Information.

All application credentials must be received by the following deadlines:

In order to be considered for academic awards, both applications need to be received by February 1 in both offices, regardless of the entrance semester.


Semester U.S. Citizens Foreign Readmits
Fall March 1 March 1 March 1
Spring September 1 September 1 September 1

1. Admission to the Graduate School of the University

For complete information about applying to the Graduate School, refer to the UT Austin Graduate Catalog (http://www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/catalogs/grad03-05/). The catalog is the document of authority for all students.

Applicants must submit the following materials to the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC):

  • An application to the Graduate School. Applicants may request a Graduate Admissions Bulletin by phone (512-475-7390), or apply electronically using the GIAC online application http://www.utexas.edu/student/giac/#online.
  • The GIAC application fee.
  • One official copy of your transcripts. NOTE - an additional copy should be sent to the School of Information to be considered for scholarship and fellowship awards.
  • Your official GRE Report.

Applicants wishing to graduate-level coursework without becoming a candidate for an advanced degree you may apply for admission to a graduate program as a nondegree graduate student. An application and transcripts of all college coursework to the Graduate and International Admissions Center; Graduate Record Examinations scores are not required. (See section on Nondegree graduate students http://www.utexas.edu/student/admissions/gradus/usgradreqs.html.

2. Admission to the School of Information

To gain admittance to the School of Information, applicants must meet the following basic requirements:

  • The completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent education at a foreign institution
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (on a scale on which the grade of "A" is equal to 4.0) in all junior- and senior-level upper-division and graduate-level coursework attempted or completed
  • A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE). In the admission-decision process, an applicant's GRE scores are judged in conjunction with his or her GPA. The median GRE (combined Verbal and Quantitative Aptitudes) of School of Information master's-level students in recent years has typically been slightly above 1250. (Note: If a master's degree, in any program, has been obtained at this institution University of Texas at Austin, a GRE is not required.

Applicants must submit the following materials directly to the graduate coordinator, who will process and then direct to the Chair of the Admissions Committee of the School of Information:

  • An Application for Admission to the Program Leading to the Degree of Master of Science in Information Studies - Personal Data Sheet and MSIS Application: PDF | Word
  • References and letter of recommendation from three people who can attest to the applicant's aptitude for graduate work and professional promise. These letters must clearly indicate why the authors of the letters believe the student has the intellectual ability to succeed in graduate school. Forms for these letters are in the Graduate Admission Bulletin and at the GIAC Web site http://www.utexas.edu/student/giac/. A letter of recommendation must be attached to the completed reference form.
  • Statement of Purpose. (This form is found on the University of Texas Common Application but recommended to be sent directly to the department in order to be received in a timely manner.)

NOTE: Once applicant begins submitting materials to the School of Information, applicant is solely responsible for following up with the Graduate Coordinator, Carol R. Carreon concerning status of application, until the deadline date.

Send completed applications to:

School of Information
The University of Texas at Austin
Sanchez Building (SZB) 564
1 University Station D7000
Austin, TX 78712-0390

Conditional Admissions
Once the application process is completed, students who fail to meet one of the requirements for regular admission may be granted conditional admission under strictly controlled criteria and conditions.

International Students
To gain admission to the School of Information, international students who are not native English speakers must achieve a total score of at least 600 on the traditional (paper-based) TOEFL or of at least 250 on the new, computer-based TOEFL. The School reserves the right to require a re-administration of the TOEFL in Austin and/or to require an international student to take remedial work in English. The Graduate School offers courses in writing for graduate students for whom English is a second language. The School of Information often recommends that students who need further work with written English take these courses.

See Also: Master of Science in Information Studies degree program description




Last Modified: July 12 2005 11:36:04.




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