Admission to degree programs at TUM is handled in several different ways. This page provides an overview of the admission procedures.
Be sure to inform yourself about the details of the procedure for a specific program in the academic and examination regulations or the regulations on the aptitude assessment or aptitude recommendation.
Unrestricted Degree Programs
Applicants will be granted admission to a program with unrestricted admission when
- the online application was submitted in time and complete with all required documents,
- and your documents have been reviewed.
Certain programs require that an internship be completed before the start of studies. When applying for a Master's program, the applicant's Bachelor's degree will be checked to confirm that it is accredited. This is especially true if the applicant is transferring from another university.
Aptitude Assessment for Bachelor's Degree Applicants
First, the applicant's grade point average and subject-specific grades will be evaluated using a point system. Which grades are evaluated and how they are weighted depends on the applicant's chosen degree program. Each program has a set of statues that defines the formula to be used. Depending on the degree program and the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted or invited to an admissions interview carried out by the department faculty. The interview helps determine if the applicant is capable of successfully completing the desired course of study. For certain degree programs, the interview is also intended to determine whether the necessary language requirements are met. There is no written test. For some programs, applicants below a certain point threshold may be rejected without an interview.
Please note: In contrast to the Numerus Clausus programs, the number of spots available (capacity limit) is not fixed. We accept all applicants we feel are qualified. As such, no lotteries will be held after final selections have been made, and there will be no list of alternatives for unsuccessful applicants to claim unwanted spots.
Aptitude Recommendation (SOV) for Bachelor's Degree Applicants
Our Aptitude Recommendation supports students in choosing the degree program best suited to their interests and abilities.
First, the applicant's grade point average and subject-specific grades will be evaluated using a point system. Which grades are evaluated and how they are weighted depends on the applicant's chosen degree program. Each program has a set of statues that defines the formula to be used. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted or invited to a mandatory, 20 minute interview carried out by the department faculty. The interview helps determine if the applicant is capable of successfully completing the desired course of study. There is no written test.
The result of the interview determines whether the applicant receives a recommendation for the degree program. The purpose of the recommendation is to help students select the right program – it is, however, no mandatory requirement for admission.
Restricted Degree Programs (Numerus Clausus [NC])
NC degree programs have a fixed number of spots available, awarded primarily based on the applicant's grade point average and the amount of time the student has been waiting for a spot. This amount of time is defined as the number of semesters that have elapsed since completion of secondary studies and in which the applicant has not been admitted to a German university. Periods in which the applicant audited classes or studied abroad also count as waiting time. Applicants who are not admitted are automatically put on an alternatives list. These students may be admitted at a later date in the event a spot is not accepted by another student..
NC program eligibility will be based solely on the results of the past years. The grade point average of the last person to have been admitted constitutes the current NC standard. Since the number of applicants and their criteria (grades, waiting time, etc.) are unpredictable, it is still possible to apply with a lower grade point average than the current NC grades.
Please note: The application and admission for NC programs is coordinated via the dialogue-oriented service procedure.
Aptitude Assessment for Master's Degree Applicants
In the initial stage of this procedure, 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 number of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted, rejected, or invited to a 20 minute admissions interview carried out by the school. In some cases interviews by telephone for international students are common. The interview helps determine if the applicant is capable of successfully completing the desired course of study. For some programs offered by the TUM School of Engineering and Design and the TUM School of Management a written test or the assessment of your academic qualification and your essay replace the interview.
Do you have questions about studying at TUM? The General Student Advising team offers webinars to give you an overview of the degree programs at TUM, and provide information about the application and admission processes as well as university life.