Mathematics in Operations Research

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The focus of the Mathematics in Operations Research master's program is on mathematical optimization and other subareas of applied mathematics.

Department of Mathematics

The application deadline for the summer semester 2021 for this programme is extended once until 18.12.2020.

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Languages of Instruction
  • German
  • English
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Possible for both winter and summer semester
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

The Mathematics in Operations Research master's program is tailored to students who are interested in a demanding vocational education and training, with emphases on mathematical optimization and the other subdisciplines of applied mathematics.

The theory and application of nonlinear and discrete optimization are central to the course of studies, as are lectures in numerical analysis, stochastic processes or applied analysis.  

The course content is complemented by a minor that can be chosen from the areas of economics, computer science or business informatics. Interdisciplinary knowledge of methods and cross-disciplinary soft skills round out the course of studies.

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

The core of the master’s degree program consists of courses in mathematical optimization and further subdisciplines of applied mathematics. These are complemented by the teaching sessions you choose in accordance with a minor.

The program's flexible structure makes it easier to study abroad for one or two semesters at a TUM partner university.

The degree concludes with the master’s thesis in the forth semester. 

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient German or English 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 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 or English. Depending on the focus area you choose, you can study in German, English or both languages. To learn more about the language of instruction for each module, contact the departmental student academic advisor of this program.    

As a graduate, you have at your disposal a deepened knowledge of mathematical optimization and of further central areas of applied mathematics. You can complement this knowledge with further competencies in accordance with your choice of minor.

You can choose your minor from the areas of economics, computer science and business informatics. The available topics are logistics, production, project management, information management, business analytics, data mining, randomized algorithms or data structures. 

As a graduate of the Mathematics in Operations Research master's program, you are well prepared for an interdisciplinary occupation in a wide range of fields. By way of example, these include logistics, production and resource planning or network and process optimization. Further opportunities arise in management control systems, portfolio management or actuarial science.

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) 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.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.

Application period for the winter semester: 01.01. – 31.05.
Application period for the summer semester: 01.10. – 30.11.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. 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.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

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. 

In detail: 

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.

Additional Information

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.