Transfer of Credits

Recognition of Credits for master's students

If you have previously completed part or all of a (master's) degree program in Informatics at another university, we may be able to recognize your results for a program at TUM. Examinations from bachelor's programs can only be recognized if they were in addition and did not count for your bachelor's degree; therefor we need your certificate and your transcript of records. Please check the relevant TUM academic and examination regulations regarding the structure and content of your program.

Please note §24 of the General Academic and Examination Regulations: "Students who have failed examinations administered by the Technische Universität München may repeat those examinations only at the Technische Universität München." This means that after registration for an exam at TUM this exam cannot be transferred any more; please plan accordingly.

Please note further §3 (5) of the General Academic and Examination Regulations: "The academic title may be used with the name of the university “(TUM)” to allow identification with the Technische Universität München and its quality standards. The option set out in sentence 1 requires that the major part of the relevant studies were pursued at the Technische Universität München."

The recognition process takes about 8 weeks (during lecture free periods: about 10 weeks); the recognitions are entered in your TUMonline grade report. If you do not see them after 8 or 10 weeks please contact the Secretary of the Examination Board of your study program.

If you obtained credits during an exchange semester at TUM and would like to have them recognized and count toward a master's program at TUM, please refer to the Anerkennungen von Leistungen page (in German only).


The Recognition Process

Enrollment

Before we can transfer credits from another university to a program at TUM Informatics, you need to have enrolled in your program at TUM. As the recognition process is very complex, we are not able to recognize results before you are enrolled.

Applying for Recognition of Credits

When you have enrolled at TUM, you can request recognition of your credits. The application form for recognition of credits must be submitted in person to TUM Informatics' academic advisors. For:

  1. Master RCI - please contact your Studiengangskoordination 
  2. Master CSE - please contact your program coordinators
  3. Master BMC - please contact the program coordination

Decide which courses you want to transfer by comparing their content with the corresponding courses at TUM and then speak to the academic advisors; they will advise you on making your application and help you plan your studies. In the APSO (General Academic and Examination Rules) it is stated in §16 (4) sentence 5: The documents to be submitted include, but are not limited to, module descriptions including learning outcomes, teaching methods, contents, workload and requirements as well as the system applied for grading the module.

You will need to provide the following; in the APSO (General Academic and Examination Rules) it is stated in §16 (4) sentence 4: Where certificates or other documentation are submitted in a language other than German or English, students may be requested to provide certified translations into German.

  1. The completed (please do not fill it in handwritten) application form – please note there are two sheets.
  2. Module descriptions as described above 
    This information should be taken from your university's official module handbook or program guide.
  3. Official examination certificates for the courses from your university. Please note that we need the originals (we will make copies and return the originals to you), or certified copies and translations if applicable (i.e. if the certificates are not in German, English, or French). Papers must have a signature and a university stamp.

Students who have previously studied at a university outside Germany also need to:

  • provide an official explanation of the credit and grading system for their program. This must indicate clearly:
    • the highest grade on the grade scale
    • the lowest grade on the grade scale
    • the grade under which students are considered to have failed the course

Advancement to a Higher Semester

You will be placed one semester of enrollment in current degree program higher for every 28 ECTS credits that are recognized.

Deadlines

Your application for recognition of credits should be submitted as soon as possible after you enroll at TUM so that you are able to plan your studies properly. The latest your application should be submitted is during your first semester.

In the APSO (General Academic and Examination Rules) it is stated in §16 (4) sentence 3: An application for recognition of examination results from earlier programs of study may be filed with the Examination Board only once within the first study year at the Technische Universität München.