Master's Mathematics in Data Science
Are you happy juggling the data that social media, for instance, generates? Are you genuinely excited by procedures for gathering, preparing, and analyzing data? Do you want to apply these procedures using complex data in ecological systems? The Mathematics in Data Science Master's program at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) rigorously prepares you for working in the future-proof area of big data. As a data expert, you are sought after in research and development, the finance sector, biotechnology and logistics, the health system, insurance companies, and IT security.
Major fields of study
The main focus during the Mathematics in Data Science Master’s program is on the areas of Data Engineering, Data Analytics, Data Analysis, Machine Learning, and Data Science. Students therefore focus on techniques of data retention and data evaluation. They learn to tailor these procedures to specific problems and to combine or redevelop them, thereby deriving prediction and classification models. In addition, they deal with the development of algorithms for problem-solving purposes. Interdisciplinary courses are equally important elements of the Master’s program. These deal with the social and political implications of big data as well as conveying fundamental legal knowledge and foreign language expertise.
Here you will find important dates, deadlines and other relevant information.
If you want to start your Master's program, you should apply as early as possible. All documents necessary for admission must be uploaded via the TUM Online-System by the deadlines.
Application deadline for the winter semester: 1 January to 31 May.
Application deadline for the summer semester: 1 September to 30 November.
Profile: The essentials for the Master's program
The Master’s program "Mathematics in Data Science" at the TUM is a full-time study program. The standard duration of study is four semesters.
Commencing the degree program
Students can commence the Master's program at TUM either in the winter or summer semester.
Language of instruction
"Mathematics in Data Science" can be pursued entirely in English. Some teaching sessions take place in German.
Methods and algorithms from Statistics, Machine Learning, Optimization, and the Theory of Data Representation are important mathematical elements of the Mathematics in Data Science Master's program.
The Advanced Seminar is one of the compulsory requirements. Please note when selecting a seminar that permission to commence the thesis is in some departments dependent upon you having successfully completed the Advanced Seminar.
Details of all the modules that are relevant to the degree program, along with associated times and locations, are available in the department’s curriculum at TUMonline. Here you can create your own timetable and save it digitally.
The area in which you acquire advanced knowledge during the degree program informs your choice of topic for your Master's thesis. Read everything you need to know about the Master’s thesis here.
A six-week professional internship is integrated into the program. The accompanying Internship Seminar offers you the opportunity to inform yourself about suitable occupations and to discuss the experience you acquired during the internship.
You can round up your individual personal competence profile through modules out of the field of extradisciplinary competencies. Lead by your own interests you can choose out of a large offer of soft skilsl or language courses.
Master’s – then what?
Many of our students already get to know their future employer during their studies. TUM maintains close contact with leading corporations. Our Career Service is there to help you. Every third Master's graduate successfully completes a Doctoral Project.
Examination regulations and degree program documentation
All students must note the general information concerning examinations as well as the current program-specific Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO). Information on the degree program's concept can be found in the degree program documentation.
(Please notice that applications for the summer semester 2022, due to the amendmend of academic regulations, will presumably be subject to a modified list of modules for the "Basics of the Bachelor's degree course in Mathematics at the TUM". Further Information will be available here by the end of July 2021.)
In order to commence the Mathematics in Data Science Master’s program at TUM, a recognized university degree in Mathematics, Informatics (with a minor in Mathematics) or a comparable study program is required. Those who are interested should refer to the program-specific Examination Regulations under "Grundlagen aus dem Bachelorstudiengang Mathematik der TUM” [“Foundations for the TUM Bachelor's program in Mathematics] and to the Attachment 3, to find out which competencies must be proven in detail.
Students from abroad: GRE Test or Gate Test
Applicants who acquired their university degree in Bangladesh, China, India, Iran, or Pakistan must provide proof of a sufficient pass mark in the admission test GRE (Graduate Record Examination) - Quantitative reasoning: 157, Analytical writing: 3,5. Institutional Code: 7806 Department 5199. Alternatively, students can apply using the associated score card for the Indian GATE-Test (Mathematics).
Proof of English language skills
For the "Mathematics in Data Science" Master’s program at TUM you must provide evidence of adequate knowledge of the English language. Students whose official language of instruction during their undergraduate studies was not English must demonstrate proficiency in the form of an acknowledged language test, such as
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (at least 88 points on the TOEFL iBT),
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (at least 6.5 points),
- or Cambridge Main Suite of English Examinations (advanced (CAE) or proficiency (CPE)).
If you wrote your Bachelor's thesis in English, adequate proficiency in English is deemed proven.
Application: How to get a place
Language tests are only offered on the appointed days and their evaluation requires some time. In any case the certificate has to be uploaded before the application deadline. Schedule enough time for that!
Preliminary Documentation (VPD)
You can apply for the preliminary documentation from uni-assist throughout the year but you have to apply before the end of TUM application period. If you have applied for a VPD but it is not yet available, you can confirm the timely competion of the application for the VPD by submitting our form instead. Yo can then submit the final VPD to study (at) tum.de as soon as you receive it.
for the winter semester: 1 January to 31 May
for the summer semester: 1 September to 30 November
All necessary documents must be uploaded by the end of the application deadline!
You don't need to have your Bachelor's degree at the moment of your application: some documents, such as your Bachelor's certificate, can be sent up to the so called enrollment deadline. This deadline is normally about 5 weeks after the start of the corresponding semester.
Compile the necessary documents for your application as early as possible. All documents necessary for admission in a Master´s program at the Technical University of Munich must be uploaded on the platform TUMonline. A candidate account is required for this purpose. Please note that only one account is created. If you already have an applicant’s account, click underneath your visiting card on "Bewerbungen – neue Bewerbung erfassen” [Applications – create a new application]
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List of the best 120 credits with grade calculation:
|Curriculum description of the underlying university degree (as a doc- or pdf-file), resp. module description||✓||✓|
|Actual Curriculum Vitae (CV)||✓||✓|
|Letter of Motivation||✓||✓|
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Essay on one of three given topics
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Only applicants outside of the EU/EWG
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|Bachelor’s certificate and bachelor’s diploma or comparable qualification for admission||✓||If you proceed directly after your TUM Bachelor to the TUM Master your diploma will be forwarded to the Student Registration Office automatically.|
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The electronic applicant wizard guides you step by step through the online application procedure.
All required documents for admission must be uploaded.
Important: choose "consecutive Master degree" as the form of study below the point "study programme selection".
In order to obtain a place in the Master´s program, you must follow the procedure for verification of eligibility. This takes place once every six months and is carried out by the Faculty of Mathematics. After reviewing your application documents, the board of examiners decides whether you will receive an acceptance, a rejection, or an invitation to an aptitude assessment interview.
The suitability interview, which has to be completed by only a few candidates, takes place personally in Garching or as a webconference in German or English and lasts 20 to 30 minutes. The interview focuses on the candidates' motivation and ability to apply structured working methods. The expertise acquired from undergraduate courses is also assessed.
After you have been admitted for the master's program and after you have accepted the place of study in your TUMonline account, you still have to pay the administrative fees and submit the necessary documents for enrollment. This includes amongst others the signed application for enrollment on paper as well as the certified diploma. The list of required documents can be found in your TUMonline account. Only then you'll be enrolled.
Recognition of examination and study achievements
Please find out for which modules from your Bachelor´s degree you may be able to receive credits from your Bachelor´s degree and where you have to submit the application request for their recognition.