Master of Arts (M.A.)
The Master's degree program in Architecture expands the knowledge acquired in the Bachelor's degree. It enables students to focus on individual areas of interest.Department of Architecture
Information on Degree Program
What does this program cover?
Building on the basic knowledge acquired in all relevant topics on the Bachelor's degree in Architecture, the Master's degree program is geared towards students’ increased concentration on individual areas of interest, which are dealt with in depth in lectures, through their own project work and accompanying self-study.
The aim of the overall program of specialist areas and the mentoring program, therefore, is based on the interests and competencies of the students on the one hand and the individual focus of the chairs for teaching and research on the other. This allows the students a specialization in work-related problems, which are incorporated in the subject areas covered by the four focus areas of the Faculty of Architecture.
The fundamental objective is, by means of a comprehensive university education, to enable students to assume responsibility with regard to society and the built environment. Graduates will be ready to take up senior management positions in the planning process and to operate successfully and entrepreneurially.
The consecutive master's program in architecture will be offered either as a study program that is freely defined together with a mentor or as a program of studies with four defined areas of concentration, each of four semesters. In all fields of specialization, design-oriented project work is the central focus.
A high level of commitment is expected of the applicants. Students must also successfully pass the qualification assessment procedure.
For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:
How is the program structured?
What is the language of instruction?
Required language skills for admission:
You need sufficient German language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your German language skills.
This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.
Language of instruction:
The language of instruction for this program is German.
Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?
The Master's Degree in Architecture (Master of Arts) at the TU München qualifies students both in the general and the specific competencies of the study areas, and in methodological skills as well as social and interpersonal skills. The graduates of all four study areas will be equally able to visualize and pre-sent their created work. They are specifically able to use a wide variety of digital and analogue visualization methods, including modeling techniques acquired within the project work. They will have achieved conviction and confidence in the elucidation and justification of their own design work. They will also have a thoroughgoing knowledge of construction and architectural history and theory of architecture, which for the graduates of the Master’s programs provide the guiding principles for design work.
Additionally, students will have at their disposal the social and interpersonal skills that are indispensible in the working environment of the architectural profession. Following their studies, they will be able to collaborate on complex projects cooperatively and productively as a team and they will have been trained to hold their own in conflicts between stakeholders.
Through methodological and professional specialization on the Master’s program, together with the project work specifically designed to this end, they will also be capable of handling complex design and construction projects independently and without guidance and to take responsibility whether within a team or working alone. They will be able to work on projects in a sustained and pro-active way, and to be aware of their own strengths and weaknesses in order to achieve set targets in an optimal manner.
Through its interdisciplinary and practical, but also research-oriented approach, it will be possible for graduates not only to adhere to a prescribed workflow, but also to develop new solutions and methods and thus excel as pioneers of the architectural methodologies of the future.
Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?
The changing social conditions are placing new demands on the architectural profession throughout the world. Graduates of the study programs at the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Munich have the necessary skills to assume a leading role in the planning processes of future global markets.
The national and international fields of activity lie in regionally active architectural offices as well as in architecture firms operating globally, in product and materials development, in the fields of architectural technology, business consulting, in public as well as private administrations and in positions in the building industry.
Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application
Application and Admission
How does the application process work?
Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (8 semester bachelor's degree program in architecture at TUM or equivalent) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.
You must apply online using the TUMonline application portal. After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.
Which application documents do I need to submit?
- Online Application Print-out (signed)
- Degree Certificate and Diploma or Subject and Grade Transcript of Studies to Date (certified copy)
- Transcript of Records (certified copy)
- Complete and Current Résumé (CV)
- Portfolio of Work
- Letter of Motivation
- Most Current Photo (as for ID)
- Passport (copy)
- Student Health Insurance Certificate
- Proof of German Language Proficiency (certified copy) - international applicants only
- Preliminary evaluation by uni-assist for graduate certificates (i.e. a bachelor's degree) obtained in a country outside of the EU/EEA
We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin (e.g. GRE, GATE, APS). After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.
What application periods and deadlines do I need to meet?
Application period for winter semester: 01.04. - 31.05.
An application for the summer semester is only possible for higher upper-division semesters. Application deadline: 15.01.
Our online application portal TUMonline will create an application form and a checklist with the documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment.
You must submit the signed application form before the application deadline. We also ask you to submit the documents you need for admission within the application deadline. If individual documents for admission are not available to you in time, you can hand them in until 15.08 for the winter semester and until 15.02. for the summer semester.
Please also submit the documents we need for your enrollment as soon as possible. If individual documents for enrollment are not available to you yet, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received.
Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.
On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?
Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.
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 an admissions interview.
Where can I find the online application portal?
Do I have to complete an internship?
This degree program does not encompass a compulsory internship nor is an internship a requirement for admission. However, it is recommendable, as a rule, to gain practical experience as soon as possible.
What are my options after earning this degree?
You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.
If you are interested in continuing your studies, you will find information of doctoral studies at TUM, here.