Application period for winter semester: January 01 – May 31
! Attention: New regulations for applicants from none-EU/EEA countries !
Applicants for master's degree programs with a qualification for postgraduate studies obtained in a country outside of the EU/EEA/Switzerland (who are not already enrolled at TUM or have not successfully completed preparatory studies at a Studienkolleg in Germany) are required to have their application documents proofed before submission by the University Application Service for International Students (uni-assist e.V.). Uni-assist will issue a VPD certificate which is needed for a successful application at TUM.
To apply for this preliminary documentation, please submit your documents to uni-assist before the application deadline for the master's program - we strongly recommend submitting them until end of March. Your application at TUM will not be processed without the VPD!
! Attention: Proof of intergrative German language skills for international students !
We would like to draw your attention to a new regulation for international students at Bavarian universities. The Ministry of Education has mandated English-language masters courses to ensure that international first-year students who do not have an integrative knowledge of German at the start of their studies have to do so within the first academic year. This regulation will come into force from the winter semester 2018/19.
If you already have knowledge of German, please send this proof to the study coordinator, if you have not already sent it along with the application documents.
If you do not have any knowledge of German, this will not affect your admission. You can provide proof of "integrative German language skills" within one year at the beginning of your studies.
TUM Language Center offers a wide range of German language courses: http://www.sprachenzentrum.tum.de/en/languages/german-as-a-foreign-language/
For successful studies, you should ideally have:
- a large and diverse interest in the subject-specific topics
- the ability for cross-linked and analytical thinking
- excellent English language skills
- good communication and presentation skills
Who can apply?
The program is open to students with a bachelor's or master's degree or diploma in one of the following disciplines:
- Sciences (natural sciences)
- Social Science
Here you can find all relevant information and a step-by-step description regarding the application process for a master’s degree program at TUM.
That’s how the online application via TUMonline works.
International applicants need to be aware of some special features – find out here, what you need to know in advance.
Please note: In case you have to apply for a visa, we recommend applying until March 31 - the earlier you apply, the earlier you will get an admission.
For a successful application and admission, you need the following documents:
- Certified copy of your degree (bachelor, master or diploma) from a university or a university corresponding to a University of Applied Sciences in one of these fields: Engineering, Science, Economics or Social Science
- NEW: Preliminary evaluation by uni-assist for graduate certificates (i.e. a bachelor's degree) obtained in a country outside of the EU/EEA/Switzerland
(Please note: You have to submit your documents to uni-assist within the relevant application period of the master's program and we strongly recommend to do it as soon as possible, at the latest until end of March.)
- English proficiency test (all information on recognized English language certificates, required results and alternative proofs of your English language skills)
(Please note: English language proficiency may no longer be proven by school grades, e.g. in the Abitur!)
- Curriculum vitae in tabular form
- Personal statement/motivation letter in English (400 words)
- Scientific essay in English (800 words) with the following topic:
"Applying the concept of `sustainability` to a local situation - potential and limitations".
(Please note: A summary of your master's thesis will not be accepted as a scientific essay!)
- Printout of your application form with your signature
- Submitting your documents in due time, according to specification and completely
At the end of the online application process in TUMonline, the system issues automatically the list of required documents which you must send together with the signed application form by mail to the TUM Admissions and Enrollment Office ("Immatrikulationsamt").
At best, you gather all application documents and submit them as one complete package. The Admissions and Enrollment Office will forward your application to us after checking the documents for validity.
Please do not send original certificates, only certified copies!
Here you can find more information about notarization.
Please check your TUMonline account regularly!
If there are any questions regarding your documents or if you have failed to submit any required documents, you will receive notice only via your account. You can check the status of your application anytime in TUMonline, we do not answer requests concerning your status via phone or mail. You will only be informed by email about your admission or rejection or, if necessary, the invitation to the admissions interview.
How does the Aptitude Assessment work?
The documentation will be assessed and evaluated by the examination board. The following categories will be assessed (weighting in parentheses):
1) Final grade of degree (54%)
2) Motivation letter in English with 400 words (16%)
The motivation letter will be assessed using the following criteria: The applicant is able…
- to present the connection between personal interests and the program content in a well-structured way.
- to convincingly prove his or her special aptitude and motivation for the master's program by arguments and meaningful examples, e.g. vocational education relevant to the program, internships or stays abroad.
- to linguistically emphasize and objectively justify the most important aspects of the motivation letter.
3) Scientific essay in English with 800 words (30%)
The essay will be assessed using the following criteria:
- subject-specific content and scholarly structure
- consistent argumentation
- accuracy and language competency
Applicants who do not fulfill the requirements of the aptitude assessment (< 60% score) cannot be granted admission to the SRM program. Very good applicants (≥ 70% score) will be admitted directly. Good applicants (60 – 69% score) will be invited to an interview (in person or by phone, 20 to 30 minutes). Depending on the result of this interview, the applicant will be either admitted or rejected.
How is the schedule of the application and admission process designed?
May 31: Final deadline for applying, all required documents must be received by this date (Exception: final degrees can be submitted until August 15)
March to August/September: Admission decisions are made, including the interviews
Mid-October: Start of program (lecture period)
Do you have general questions regarding applying and studying at TUM?
Here you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions.