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