Elite Master’s Program in Software Engineering (M.Sc.)

TUM Informatics has partnered with the Faculty for Applied Informatics at the University of Augsburg and the Faculty for Informatics at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich to offer this elite master’s program in Software Engineering, run under the primary management of the University of Augsburg. The program is part of and supported by the Elite Network of Bavaria.

The program is geared towards the top 2 percent of students in computer science and aims to educate an elite cohort of researchers and professionals entering the field of software engineering. Graduates are not only able to face the challenges of tomorrow but to be actively involved in the development of tomorrow's solutions.

Highlights of the program include:

  • The rigorous curriculum
  • A worldwide academic network offering the opportunity to study or intern abroad
  • The integration of globally leading industrial partners
  • Accompanying soft skills education
  • Individual mentoring by scientists and decision-makers in industry

This is the first elite course of study in Software Engineering in Germany. Only a small number of students are admitted to the program each year.


Students work with a mentor to create a course of study that is tailored to their individual interests. The education is focused on the following five central topics of modern software engineering:

  • Software Engineering Methods
  • Formal Methods and IT-Security
  • Database Systems
  • Distributed Systems
  • Human Computer Interaction

Courses are taught in Augsburg and Munich, with slightly more courses in Augsburg. For detailed curriculum information, please see the program website.

Who Should Apply?

The program is open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree in informatics or related fields. Applicants should have earned outstanding grades in previous courses and exhibit personal dedication that reflects their ability to excel in a challenging course of study. Fluent written and spoken English is also required.

How to Apply

Admission to this program is for studies beginning in the winter semester (see our academic calendar). Applications are due by May 1.

Detailed application requirements for this specific degree program are available on the program website.

Career Opportunities

During their studies, students are supported by mentors from science and industry. The mentors consult the student and support him/her in all ranges of the program, and on future career opportunities. The following industry partners support this program:

  • BMW
  • Capgemini
  • KUKA
  • msg systems
  • MaibornWolff
  • Oracle
  • Qplix
  • SAP
  • Siemens
  • Zühlke Engineering

Alumni of this master’s program are well equipped to pursue a career in both industry and academia. Students who go into industry generally hold their first leadership position within the first years. Several former students have pursued careers at one of the supporting industry partners listed below.