How to apply for a Master's Degree Program
You would like to apply to a master’s degree program at the Technical University of Munich (TUM)? Here, you will find all the information you need.
Please note: If you have obtained your qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. your bachelor's) in a country outside of the EU/EWR or Switzerland, you need to apply for a Preliminary Documentation (VPD) via uni-assist before applying to TUM. For details, see:
Special Requirements for International Applicants
Applicants who have obtained their qualification for postgraduate studies (i.e. a bachelor's degree) in a country outside of the EU/EEA need to have their documents processed by uni-assist. Uni-assist generates a preliminary documentation (VPD), which determines whether applicants qualify for postgraduate studies in Germany. Applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies obtained in Switzerland do not need a preliminary documentation. Applicants for Double Degree Programs at TUM also do not have to supply a preliminary documentation.
To apply for this preliminary documentation, please submit your documents to uni-assist e.V within the relevant application period. Please be sure to send your preliminary documentation to TUM as soon as you receive it.
Verification of your documents with uni-assist does not qualify as an application for TUM. You will need to apply to TUM via TUMonline before the relevant application deadline.
Step by Step: Applying to a Master's Degree Program
For all applicants: This is how you apply to a mater's degree program at TUM.
1. Apply via TUMonline
First, apply via our portal TUMonline. Our application wizard will guide you step by step through the online application. Check the status of your application regularly in your TUMonline account to keep up-to-date.
You must show proof of your transmitted electronic data by sending us paper documents as well. This means, regardless whether you have received notification of admission or not, you must send your signed admission or enrollment application form and copies of your original documents by post by the specified deadline to TUM. The system will automatically generate the application form at the end of the online application process.
You will find the application deadlines for individual degree programs at the Info pages about our degree programs. If we don’t receive your application by the application deadline, we will not be able to consider you.
2. Submit your Documents
At the end of the online application process, the system issues a list of documents required for further processing of your application. For a general overview of all required documents, please refer to the info pages about our degree programs .
Depending on the desired degree program, the required documents include:
- Bachelor’s certificate and bachelor’s diploma. If you don’t have the required documents at the time of application, please provide your Transcript instead.
- Student Health Insurance Certificate. A copy of your student health insurance certificate can be handed in up until the beginning of the degree program.
- your CV - please note that it has to be current and must not contain gaps. Feel free to use the template provided by the European Union.
- where necessary, verification of language skills in German or English
- where required, letter of motivation, essay, etc.
- where required, preliminary record examination (see Special Requirements for International Applicants)
You must submit a full set of application documents each time you apply. If the original documents are not issued in German or English, we require a notarized translation. TUM does not assume any liability for unsolicited original certificates. Please note that all application materials are digitalized and destroyed after the end of the application period.
Please send your admission or enrollment application form and all required documents to the address stated in the application form by the specified deadline. We cannot accept submissions of the application form via fax, scan etc.
All other relevant documents are categorized into documents required for admission and documents required for enrollment. The document checklist at the end of your online application process informs you which documents are assigned to which category. You will find the respective deadlines on the web pages of your degree program.
If the original documents are not issued in German or English, we require a notarized translation. For further information on notarization of documents and recognition of credits and examinations, please visit our homepage.
You wish to apply for a double degree? Please apply as described here. Make sure you include a note in your documents, stating that you are applying to a double degree program.
Please note that you need to apply for the preliminary record examination via uni-assist before the application deadline if you hold a qualification for graduate studies (e.g. a bachelor's degree) from a country outside of the EU/EEA.
Special requirements for applicants from the following countries
Your TUMonline Account
Check the status of your application anytime in TUMonline Account. We advise you check the status of your application regularly.Via your account you will receive notice if there are any questions regarding your documents or if you have failed to submit any required documents.
3. TUM evaluates your Documents
Only when all required application documents have been filled out completely and received by the specified deadline, will they be processed by the Admissions and Enrollment Office. Due to the large number of applicants the process may take several weeks. Check the status of your application in your TUMonline Account.
4. Take part in the Aptitude Assessment Process
Master degree programs are subject to aptitude assessment. As soon as all required documents have been submitted and processed, applicants will receive an email including an invitation and useful information about the aptitude assessment procedure.
Aptitude Assessment is a two-step procedure:
- In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted, rejected or invited to a 20 minute admissions interview conducted by the department. In some cases, telephone interviews are carried out for international students.
- The interview represents the second stage of the procedure and helps determine whether the applicant is capable of successfully completing the desired course of study. You will find more information in appendix 2 of the Academic and Examination Regulations of your desired degree program.
5. Accept your Admission to Study
You will be informed by e-mail if you have been accepted to TUM.
The admission procedure that follows your acceptance of admission will also take some time. Therefore, accept your admission offer as soon as possible! You can do this in your TUMonline Account. Upon accepting your admission offer, you have the option to download your admission notification in TUMonline.
If you have applied to more than one program and have not yet received an admissions offer for your preferred course of study, please wait to confirm your acceptance. It is possible to accept your offer of admission to a program up until 15 September for the winter semester and 15 March for the summer semester.
You have received an admission offer, but due to some reason have to postphone the start of your studies? Here you will find everything you need to know about reserving your spot.
6. Complete your Documents
7. Pay your Student Union Fees
8. Be enrolled at TUM
As soon as
- all documents are registered and designated as correct in your TUMonline Account
- you accepted an offer of admission,
- and transfered your student union fees,
you will be enrolled at TUM and notified by email. Please remember to check your TUMonline Account regularly to keep up-to-date. For technical reasons it may take up to 24 hours until your status of enrollment is verified in your account.
After enrollment you can download your student documents in your TUMonline Account. These include
- proof of enrollment
- certificates for local public transportation,
- confirmation of payment of fees.
9. Pick up your Student Card
Your student card functions as student I.D., travel ticket for Munich’s public transportation system (MVV), library card and electronic payment card - and is therefore an important prerequisite for studying at TUM. Please pick up your student card as soon as possible. Your student card will be ready for collection 10 working days after successful enrollment at the SSZ Service Desk, but no earlier than 21 March for the summer semester and 21 September for the winter semester.
10. What's next?
Congratulations - your studies can now begin. Ahead of the first lecture there are still things to be taken care of: From registering at the university library to finding a place to live. Here you will find valuable tips and services to help you get started.
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