Application and Admission

Admission Requirements

Before you can be matriculated for the M.Sc. Information Systems, your qualification will be examined within the framework of an aptitude assessment procedure. The following overview provides an overview of corresponding prerequisites, however, only the subject examination regulations are legally binding:

  1. A qualifying bachelor's degree of at least six semesters in the courses of study Information Systems, Computer Science with an application subject in Business Administration, Business Administration with a minor in Computer Science or comparable courses of study. A qualifying degree exists if there are no significant differences to the Bachelor's degree program in Information Systems at the Technical University of Munich. An explicit overview of the relevant modules can be found below.
  2. Adequate knowledge of the English language (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Main Suite of English Examinations, or writing the Bachelor's Thesis in English)

If you have completed your undergraduate studies in China, Bangladesh, India, Iran or Pakistan, a GRE or GATE test is also required.

Application Process

The application and enrollment process consists of a total of eight steps. First, it is important that you check for yourself whether you meet all the necessary admission requirements. This will help you avoid not being admitted due to missing formal requirements. Since we receive a large number of applications each application phase, this step also speeds up the application process for all applicants. 

After you have checked the formal admission requirements, submit your application via TUMonline before the corresponding application deadline. You can find a detailed description here. You can also find step-by-step instructions in the form of a video here. The current application deadlines are:

Winter semester: 01.01 - 31.05

Summer semester: 01.09 - 30.11

After submitting your application, we will review it as part of the aptitude testing procedure (see below). If you successfully pass this procedure, you will receive admission to your Master's program from us (and otherwise a rejection). In the former case, you must officially accept the study place early via TUMonline. You then submit the application for enrollment and all relevant documents in paper form. A general overview of these documents can be found below. You will also see a personalized list of all documents to be submitted in your TUMonline account. As a last step, you transfer the semester fee to be finally enrolled. 

Admission Process

Within the framework of the two-stage admission procedure, the aim is to check whether you have the necessary formal and personal prerequisites to successfully complete your studies.

Within the first stage, the submitted documents are evaluated by means of a point system. A curricular analysis is used to check whether the competencies acquired through your first degree correspond to the contents of the modules from the Bachelor's degree program in Business Information Systems at the Technical University of Munich. The following table serves as a guide:

Modules

Credits TUM

Basics: Information Systems

(Introduction Information Systems, Software Engineering for Business Applications, Operations Research)

16

Basics: Computer Science

(Introduction to Informatics 1, Programming, Software Engineering, Algorithms and Data Structures, Databases, Computer Networking and Distributed Systems)

36

Basics: Management

(Financial Accounting and Reporting, Cost Accounting, Investment and Financial Management)

18

Basics: Mathematics

(Discrete Structures, Linear Algebra, Analysis, Statistics)

30

 

 

If you lack competencies, you may be required to take so-called bridge courses. You must successfully complete these bridge courses within the first two semesters of your master's program. The grades of these modules do not count towards the final grade of your master's program.

An overall score is calculated based on the result of the curricular analysis (max. 55 points), your bachelor's grade (max. 20 points), your motivation letter (max. 10 points) and your essay (max. 15 points). If you achieve more than 70 points, you will be admitted directly to the program. Otherwise, you will be invited to an interview in the second stage of the procedure, provided you have scored more than 50 points in the first stage.

The interview, which lasts about 20 minutes, is conducted directly by members of the Faculty of Informatics. The purpose of this interview is to determine whether you have not only the professional but also the personal prerequisites.

FAQ

Besides the informations that are specific to master in information systems, please review the general FAQ section.

General Questions regarding the Application

1. Do I have to complete an internship?

An internship is not mandatory in this degree program, nor is it an admission requirement.

2. What are bridge courses?

If you have been admitted to your master's program and it has been determined in the aptitude assessment procedure that you lack necessary competencies, these will be imposed on you in the form of bridge courses in addition to the regular curriculum. You must pass these within the first two semesters of the master's program. The module grades are not included in the final grade of the master's program. 

3. Is it possible to apply with a Bachelor in Business Administration?

Yes, in principle it is possible to take the master's program after obtaining a degree in Business Administration (also TUM-BWL). However, this only applies if Informatics was chosen as a minor subject (engineering/scientific subject). 
If Informatics has been completed as a minor subject, but individual subject prerequisites from the first degree are still not fulfilled, applicants can be admitted with the requirement to take basic examinations in additional subjects, so-called bridge courses, to the extent of a maximum of 30 credits.

4. Is it possible to apply with a Bachelor in Informatics?

Yes, it is possible to study for the Master's degree after completing a Bachelor's degree in Informatics. However, this only applies if business studies was chosen as a minor subject. 
If you have completed a minor in business studies, but you still do not meet certain requirements from your first degree, you can be admitted with the condition that you take basic examinations in additional subjects, so-called bridge courses, up to a maximum of 30 credits.

5. Is it possible to study part-time while working?

The study program is very intense and designed as a full-time study. Lectures are held on weekdays between 8 am and 8 pm.

6. Is it possible to complete the master's program as a dual study program?

No, the master's program is designed as a full-time study program.

7. Is there a double-degree program for the Master of Information Systems?

No, there is currently no double-degree program.

8. Do I have to listen to additional lectures (bridge-courses) after admission?

In cases where individual subject requirements from the first degree program are not met, applicants may be admitted with the requirement to take basic examinations in additional subjects, so-called bridge courses, to a maximum of 30 credits. Bridge courses must be passed by the end of the second semester in the master's program at the latest and may be repeated a maximum of once if not passed.
You can take these courses in parallel with your master's program. However, you should always give priority to the bridge courses, as you will lose your admission to the master's program if you do not pass the bridge courses. The grades of the bridge courses are not taken into account for the final grade of the program. You can seek advice from our academic advisor
The bridge courses as well as the regulations for taking exams are listed in your admission letter. Unfortunately, you will not be able to download this until after you have accepted your place on the course. If you would like to be informed beforehand, please contact us at efv@in.tum.de.