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

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

What does this program cover?

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:

How is the program structured?

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. 

What is the language of instruction?

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.    

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

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. 

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

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

How does the application process work?

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.

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.

In detail:

What application periods and deadlines do I need to meet?

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

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 and all documents you need for admission before the application deadline

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. 

In detail: 

Where can I find the online application portal?

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.