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 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.
Application deadline November 30th!
If you want to start your master program in the summer term, you should apply as early as possible, starting from September 1st: print the registration form and all required documents via the TUM Online-System and send the required documents by mail to the matriculation office at the TUM until November 30th.
Profile: The essentials for the master's program
"Mathematics in Data Science" commences in the winter semester of 2015/16 as 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 module catalog 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. Every third master's graduate successfully completes a PhD. Our Career Service is there to help you.
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: 154, Analytical writing: 3,0). 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.
If you wrote your bachelor's thesis in English, adequate proficiency in English is deemed proven. Some institutes send your results directly to TUM if you provide the correct address (see infobox).
If you send in your language certificate yourself, we need a certified copy.
Students from abroad: Proof of German language skills
Specific knowledge of the German language is not decisive when it comes to admission to the Mathematics in Data Science master’s program. Nonetheless, the federal government stipulates that international students must have acquired at least a basic level of German language knowledge after two semesters at TUM. If you do not speak German, it is imperative that you complete a language course.
Students from abroad who can already speak German are to include proof of their language skills in their application.
For the "Mathematics in Data Science" degree program, you need proof of English language skills. Here you will find further information on verifying your language skills.
Send your verification direct to the following address:
Technische Universität München, Immatrikulationsamt
(regarding TOEFL, enclose the TOEFL CODE as follows: University: 7806; Department: 99).
The TUM Language Center offers German as a foreign language free of charge
Application: how to get a place
Language exams are not always on offer and the grading of tests takes a while. If the test result has to be authenticated by a notary, one has to take into consideration the time this will take. Regardless, certificates must have been received at TUM by the end of the application period. So plan accordingly!
The VPD certificate can be applied for the whole year round at TUM using the University Application Service for International Students, however this process must have been completed before the end of the application period. Please forward the VPD certificate directly to TUM as soon as you have it.
for the winter semester: 1 January to 31 May
for the summer semester: 1 September to 30 November
The date of receipt at TUM is decisive!
You do not have to have completed your bachelor’s program upon applying: some documents can be submitted after the end of the application period, including for example the Bachelor’s Certificate. The deadline for doing so is approximately 5 weeks after the beginning of the first semester.
Assemble the documents required for your application at the earliest possible opportunity. You can complete major parts of the application process for the Mathematics in Data Science master’s program at TUM by using the platform TUMonline. To do so, an applicant's account is required. Please note that only one account is created; otherwise, it is not possible for the application to be sent. If you already have an applicant’s account, click underneath your visiting card on "Applications – create a new application”.
|DOCUMENTS THAT MUST HAVE BEEN RECEIVED IN FULL BY THE END OF THE APPLICATION DEADLINE||EXTERNAL APPLICANTS:||TUM MA BACHELOR GRADUATES|
|Application for admission (from TUMonline)||✓||✓|
|A transcript of records containing modules amounting to at least 120 credits||✓|
Curriculum of the underlying degree
|List of the best 120 credits with grade calculation||✓||✓|
|Module catalog (as .doc or .pdf file)||✓|
|Current curriculum vitae||✓||✓|
Proof of GRE or GATE test (Applicants from Bangladesh, China, India, Iran or Pakistan only)
|Proof of sufficient language skills for an English-language degree program||✓||✓|
|Essay in one of three predefined topics||✓||✓|
|Letter of motivation||✓||✓|
|uni-assist VPD certificate||✓|
Only applicants outside of the EU/EEA
|DOCUMENTS THAT CAN BE SUBMITTED BY THE SO-CALLED ENROLLMENT DEADLINE|
|Bachelor’s Certificate||✓||Passed on internally upon direct continuation of degree program|
|Certificate regarding health insurance cover||✓||✓|
Our application wizard will guide you step by step through the online application procedure. Important: Under the category "Studiengangsauswahl” [choice of degree program], select "konsekutives Masterstudium” [consecutive master's program] as the form of program.
Upon completing the Online Application, you will receive a list of documents that have yet to be submitted as well as the application for admission to the aptitude assessment.
Sign this application and send it with all required documents by post to the following address:
Technische Universität München, Immatrikulationsamt, Arcisstraße 21, 80333 Munich
Application period for the winter semester: 1 April to 31 May
Application period for the summer semester: 1 October to 30 November
Please Note: The date of receipt at TUM is decisive!
Please regularly check your applicant's account at TUMonline. All messages will be sent to the e-mail address that you provided when creating your account. This applies to notification of completion of the orientation process or the invitation to an orientation interview. If you do not receive a message, please check your spam folder. You will be notified of any incomplete documentation and whether you are confirmed or refused a place on the degree program. If you do not receive a place, you can register once again for the aptitude assessment. You will also receive important individual information about the process at the e-mail address with which you set up your applicant’s account.
To receive a place on the master’s program, you must complete the aptitude assessment. This takes place once every six months and is conducted by the TUM Department of Mathematics. After reviewing your documents, the Examination Committee decides whether you are to be directly accepted, directly rejected or receive an invitation to an aptitude assessment interview.
The aptitude assessment interview, which very few applicants have to complete, usually takes place in German or English before two members of the special committee and lasts 20 to 30 minutes. The central focus of the interview is on the motivation as well as the ability of applicants to work scientifically, including in a manner oriented towards both fundamentals and specific methods. Subject-specific knowledge from applicant’s first degree is also evaluated.
Once all application documents have been submitted in full and in due time, and you have received confirmation as well as accepted the place on the degree program at your TUMonline account, you must pay the tuition fees. Once this is done, enrollment ensues.
Recognition of examination requirements
Inform yourself of which modules can be taken into consideration, if applicable, from your bachelor's degree course and where you have to submit your application for the recognition of examination requirements.
Master’s thesis: From planning to submission
In order to successfully complete a master’s program at the TUM Department of Mathematics, students must write a scientific thesis: the master’s thesis. Everything you need to know about the master’s thesis, from planning to submission, can be found here in overview.
For questions relating to the content of your master’s thesis, please contact your thesis supervisor as defined in the General Academic and Examination Regulations (APSO) or the Student Advisory Office responsible.
You have six months to complete your master’s thesis. This period begins on the date of registration. You normally complete the master’s thesis in the fourth semester of your master’s program, after you have fulfilled all other academic and exam requirements.
Examiners and assessment
The master’s thesis must be approved and evaluated by someone who is authorized to do so (thesis supervisor as defined in the APSO) at the TUM Department of Mathematics. You will find an overview of all such persons in the following list:
Registration: When and where?
It is possible to register your master’s thesis on the 1st and 15th of each month (though not retrospectively). Please submit the registration form signed by your thesis supervisor at the Infopoint Mathematics.
Registration: Which documents?
In addition to the Registration Form, you must also sign and submit the Route Card for the Diploma Supplement of the TUM Department of Mathematics. Please also submit the route card even if no activities are supposed to be incorporated. Please do not forget to provide a German and an English title for your thesis – both will appear on your transcript of records.
Note: The Diploma Supplement is an English-language supplement to the university diploma and describes the qualifications linked to the study program. Under the heading “Additional Information” in this document, you can request the incorporation of specific details of extracurricular activities completed within the framework of your degree course.
The thesis can be written in the German or English language.
Cover page and page 1
Here you indicate the topic of the work as well as your name and that of the supervisor. In addition, you indicate the date of submission.
Here you make the following declaration:
“I hereby declare that this thesis is my own work and that no other sources have been used except those clearly indicated and referenced.” (Place, date, signature)
Change of title
Please write an e-mail containing the new thesis title to master(at)ma.tum.de and copy in your co-supervisor and your supervisor.
The master’s thesis is to be submitted in bound form (adhesive binding). On the spine of your master’s thesis, please indicate your first name and surname and the short title of the thesis.
Number of copies
You must submit two identical, signed copies of your master’s thesis. You submit one signed copy to the thesis supervisor (for grading) and the second copy at the Infopoint Mathematics (to be archived). If in addition to the thesis supervisor you had further co-supervisors, you should arrange for each of these to receive a copy, too. You do not receive confirmation of submission.
Should the submission date fall on a weekend or a public holiday, submission on the subsequent workday is also possible. Theses can of course also be submitted prior to the planned submission date.
In the event that you need more time to work on your thesis, you must submit an application at the Infopoint Mathematics for an extension, at least seven days prior to the planned submission date. This application must have been signed by your thesis supervisor. In the event of a second extension, the Chair of the Examination Board must sign the application as well as the thesis supervisor.
The typesetting system LaTeX is the standard program worldwide for the compilation of theses that contain mathematical formulas. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with LaTeX as early as possible during the course of your studies. It is a good exercise to prepare sheets for seminar presentations using LaTeX.
You can find further information, templates and helpful advice on our LaTeX info page.
LaTeX-Vorlagen für die Abschlussarbeit
The TUM Library does not only offer outstanding access to all manner of books, newspapers, and electronic media, it also offers courses on, by way of example, bibliographical research and how to correctly cite works.
Please also note subject-specific practices when citing works.
Further seminar papers and tools specific to mathematics
For licensing and contractual reasons, some of these databases are only accessible via domains belonging to the TUM Departments of Mathematics and/or Informatics. Please address queries where applicable to your supervisor or the TUM Library:
MathSciNet – Mathematical reviews on the web
The English Writing Center offers all TUM members free one-to-one advice on writing English texts and helps you to enhance your writing skills.
You can print your thesis at the computer room. Contact your supervisor to receive a sufficient print quota.