Mathematics

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The master's program in mathematics deepens and builds upon students’ existing knowledge, offering a broad spectrum of individual specialties.

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 master's program in mathematics builds upon the bachelor's degree in mathematics, physics or comparable degree programs. It is tailored to students who are interested in mathematics as an exact science.

On offer are numerous opportunities to specialize in areas such as algorithmic algebra, analysis, dynamical systems, geometry and visualization, mathematical modeling or mathematical physics.  Further, students have the opportunity to choose courses from theoretical areas of computer science, physics, chemistry, economics or further disciplines. This high level of flexibility enables students to establish an individual competency profile. 

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

The master's program in mathematics offers a high degree of freedom when it comes to creating an individual study profile. You benefit from comprehensive coverage of the area of mathematics as well as being able to choose from courses in computer science, physics, chemistry, economics or certain other disciplines.

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 fourth 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 possess a deeper understanding of the core areas of mathematics. Furthermore, you will have been able to acquire individual knowledge and skills in accordance with your choice of specialties and areas of concentration.

Your discipline-specific competencies are complemented by cross-disciplinary soft skills relating to such topics as rhetoric and presentation techniques. 

Professional opportunities in numerous sectors open up for graduates of the master's program in mathematics. Potential employers include institutions of higher education, research institutes, the research and development departments of large companies, public authorities and small and medium-sized businesses. In terms of content, mathematicians deal with fundamental research as well as the areas of software development, consulting, data security, communications and IT. 

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 winter semester: 01.01. - 31.05.
Application period for 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.

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.

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