Admissions: Master’s Programs

We welcome applications from prospective master’s students with relevant qualifications and language skills. In this section you will find general information on the application process for master’s programs; please see the individual master's program pages for details of specific entry requirements and application dates for your chosen program.

General requirements are a completed bachelor’s degree and proof of English proficiency. Specific eligibility requirements vary between programs; please check your program’s page in the menu to the left for full details. 

Applicants with a Degree from Bangladesh, China, India, Iran or Pakistan have to submit a GRE (General) Test. We have defined required minimum scores, lower scores will not be accepted!
The required scores are:
Verbal reasoning: (will not be taken into account anymore)
Quantitative reasoning: 164 (from 01st Sept, 2022 - start of the next application period - on)
Analytical writing: 4.0 (from 01st Sept, 2022 - start of the next application period - on)
The Institution Code: 7806, Department: 5199 ("all other departments").

Alternatively, students can submit a score card of the Indian GATE test (Computer Science; for M.Sc. CSE the Mechanical Engineering Test will also be accepted). The minimal qualifying score of the respective year is necessary.

Applicants with an undergraduate degree from China, India and Vietnam have to submit a certificate from the German Evaluation Center (APS).

Application Deadlines

For the summer semester 2023 (not possible for M.Sc. Computational Science and Engineering): September 01 - November 30. Recommended deadline for applicants who need a visa: October 31

For the winter semester 2023/24: February 01 - May 31 (M.Sc. Computational Science and Engineering: 01 January - 31 May)
Recommended deadline for applicants who need a visa: March 31


Application process - Online application

From 01st Sept 2019 on, the application process at TUM is entirely digital - this means that all application documents must be uploaded and not sent via post! Only in case of admission, the documents (some as notarized copies) have to be sent via post to the admission office for the enrolment.

Apply online through the TUMonline portal. Create a TUMonline account and complete an online application form for your selected program. You will be asked to enter details about yourself and upload the following documents (the required documents may vary depending on the applicant):

  • a personal statement explaining why you have chosen this master’s program and TUM specifically (max. 2 pages, see our FAQs for tips on writing your personal statement)
  • your CV/résumé
  • an essay of approx. 1,000 words in German or English on a specified topic (not for MSc. CSE, see the individual program pages for details of essay topics)
  • form "Analysis of the Curriculum" (see applications website for the respective study program)
  • bachelor's degree certificate, including a list of courses and grades OR an official transcript of records. Documents not issued in German or English must be translated and notarized by a sworn translator, check here
  • Curriculum (module descriptions, course catalogue or syllabus) of the underlying university degree (not for MSc. CSE)
  • proof of your English and/or German language proficiency
  • GRE or Gate score for applicants with a BSc. degree from Bangladesh, China, India, Iran, Pakistan (original score card or have the score transmitted directly via ETS)
  • Preliminary documentation from uni-assist for all applicants with a Bachelor's degree from outside the EU/EEA
  • APS certificate for applicants with a Bachelor's from China, Vietnam or India
  • certificates from professional training or additional qualifications related to the program (e.g. participation in research competitions, internships, etc.) (not mandatory)
  • a passport photo
  • a copy of your passport
  • confirmation of health insurance for submission to a university (only needed for the enrolment in case of admission)

International applicants:

Attention: If you did not obtain your Bachelor's degree in a country within the EU/EEA, you have to upload a preliminary documentation from uni-assist (VPD). In order to get the VPD, you must send the required documents (some as notarized copies!) to uni-assist via post! Uni-assist still needs the documents in paper. As the issuance of the VPD can take up to 4 weeks, we highly recommend to send the necessary documents to uni-assist very early. More information here.

Please do also check the requirements for Notarization, especially for translations!
Special requirements for documents apply for certain countries.

The admission office checks if your uploaded documents are complete and correct. When this is the case, the department can access your application and forward it to the admission committee. The admission committee will decide whether you can be admitted directly or have to do an interview. You can also be rejected directly.

For the analysis of curriculum document, please check the subpage of the Master's program you want to apply for.

Applicants who did not obtain their qualification for postgraduate studies (usually a bachelor's degree) in a country within the EU/EEA must apply for a preliminary documentation (VPD) from uni-assist, additionally to the TUM application.

What documents must be submitted to uni-assist?

  • Filled-in application form for VPD (see Downloads)
  • a copy of your degree certificate (if available)
  • a copy of your transcript of records
  • a translation, given that the original documents have not been issued in either German or English

You don't have to submit an entire application for a specific program to uni-assist, you only have to apply for the general preliminary documentation (VPD).

An application for a VPD via uni-assist alone does not qualify as an application for a degree program at TUM.

You will be informed of your admissions decision after either stage 1 or stage 2. After being admitted, you will receive information on orientation events at the Department etc.

Please check the website of TU München for information about enrollment, the Student Union fees and your StudentCard.

Master's students can postpone their start of program, e.g. if they need time to finance their studies or did not get their visa on time.
You will receive an admission for the following semester - but only if you submit a new application for the respective semester within the official application deadline.

Further information on postponing the study start here (After admission)