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Information Systems

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The master's program in Information Systems is theory-based and practice-oriented in equal measure. It is tailored to preparing you for a challenging occupation with an emphasis on IT.

Department of Informatics

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • Bilingual (German and 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 master’s program in Information Systems deals with the area of information systems in both a theory-based and practice-led manner. The program is tailored to preparing you for a career in the commercial IT sector and the business administration departments of corporations such as controlling, operations management, or marketing. The current paradigm shift in management generates an ever-increasing demand for experts who understand complex IT systems and processes and can effectively shape these to suit the economic context. Students of the master's program gain a qualification that makes them eligible for numerous professional opportunities in management or for an academic career. 

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

How is the program structured?

The master’s program in Information Systems is structured around the following segments: informatics, information systems, economics and professional development.

During the first three semesters, you attend course offerings in the areas of information management, business analytics, software engineering, databases, distributed systems, operations management, as well as marketing, strategy, and innovation.

Discipline-specific content is accompanied by modules that prepare you for specific professional fields and which incorporate the insights of experienced practitioners. Thus you have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with current and practical issues relating to specific professional fields. Associated internships enable you to apply the knowledge you acquire.

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

What is the language of instruction?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient German and English language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your proficiency in both languages 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.  

Languages of instruction:

The languages of instruction for this program are German and English. This means that you need to complete modules in both German and English in the course of your studies.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

As a graduate, you will have considerably deepened your knowledge of business administration as well as of informatics. You will also have acquired an individual competency profile. You possess knowledge of information management, software engineering, databases, distributed systems and operations management, as well as marketing, strategy, and innovation.

In accordance with your chosen curriculum, upon the successful completion of the degree you possess an additional certification in one of the following specialties: business analytics & optimization or digitalization and management.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

Upon successfully completing the degree, professional opportunities arise in many different sectors. You fulfill the requirements for pursuing a career as a CIO, CTO, IT project manager, or IT consultant. Further opportunities arise in business administration departments, procurement, production and supply management, as well as in finance and insurance sectors. 

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply?

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:

Which documents do I need to submit for enrollment?

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.

What application deadlines do I need to meet?

Application period for winter semester: 01.01. - 31.05.
Application period for summer semester: 01.09 - 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.

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.

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.

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