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Review the information below to successfully submit your MSISPM application

Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM) Application Process

The Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM) program has multiple tracks emphasizing multidisciplinary thinking, teamwork, and leadership development through specialized academic pathways, experiential learning, and co-curricular programming. Some tracks have different application requirements, so it is important for you to review the information below regarding the application deadline and requirements before you begin your online application.

If you’re looking for MSISPM program overview, including information regarding curriculum, experiential learning, scholarships and financial aid, or career outcomes, please visit the MSISPM main page.

MSISPM Program Page

Before you begin your online application, please carefully review the information below.

MSISPM is a STEM-designated degree program. Students enrolled in the program are eligible for 24-month OPT STEM extension. For more information, visit the Office of International Education’s website.


The final admission application deadline in order to be considered for all of our scholarship and fellowship support is January 10, but we will continue to accept applications after the deadline as long as space remains in the incoming class. To submit the application, you’ll need to do the following:

  • answer required questions within the online application form
  • upload required essay and résumé
  • register each recommender's name and email address
  • enter test date and registration number for any required standardized test(s)

Supporting materials (transcripts, test scores, recommendations) can arrive after the deadline without negatively impacting your admission decision or scholarship review. Applications are reviewed after all required materials have been received. Certain scholarship awards may be limited for applications received after the deadline. Please contact the Office of Admissions if you are interested in submitting an application after the published deadline.

Schedule a Visit

Schedule a visit to our campus to learn more about CMU and interact with current MSISPM students and faculty members.

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Attend an Online Info Session

Register to attend an upcoming live webinar, or view any of our previously recorded webinars at your convenience.

Register or Watch On-Demand

Attend Fall Visitation

Register for our Fall Visitation, where you can meet fellow applicants, current students, and faculty members.

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Request Information

Request email updates or additional information about the MSISPM program.

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Connect with a Current Student

Find out how you can connect with a current MSISPM student via email to learn more about the program.

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Events Near You

Find out about Heinz College events near your hometown, including visits from reps from our Office of Admissions.

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Application Checklist

Before you begin the online application process, please carefully review the list of application requirements and admission criteria for the Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM) program.

The Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications, and we will complete the review of your application after we have received all of your application materials.

Quantitative Skills Summer Program

Students who do not meet the basic quantitative skills requirements prior to applying for admission may be required to enroll in and successfully complete the Quantitative Skills Summer Program (QSSP) prior to their enrollment at Heinz College. QSSP is available online during the summer prior to enrolling at Heinz College (no tuition is charged). QSSP classes cover applied algebraic/pre-calculus and problem application, graphing, basic statistics and probability, spreadsheets, and statistical software skills.

QSSP is comprised of two classes in which students will earn two distinct grades. In order to successfully complete QSSP and be eligible to enroll in the master’s program at Heinz College to which they are conditionally accepted, students must earn a grade of B or better (80%) in each of the classes.

Please note that when we require QSSP attendance, we are very confident in your potential for success at Heinz College. Admission provisions are made in the interest of ensuring a smooth transition into our graduate programs, with the goal of optimizing your academic success.

Tracks with Additional Application Requirements

MSISPM-JD Dual Degree with the University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Applicants can opt to obtain admission to either the MSISPM or Pitt Law JD program prior to the first year of study at either school.

Applicants can opt to obtain admission to either the MSISPM or Pitt Law JD program (or both) prior to the first year of study at either school, and/or apply to the second school during their first year of study.

Apply to Pitt Law

Applying to an Accelerated Master's Program as an Undergraduate Student

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Frequently Asked Questions

Didn't find what you were looking for on this page? Check out our Admissions Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information on any of the topics or processes outlined above.