Master's Mathematics in Operations Research

Perhaps you are fascinated by logistics as well as production and resource planning? Or does network and process optimization or personnel planning say more to you? Even if you are better suited to controlling, portfolio management, or actuarial mathematics: when decisions have to be taken over investment or product selection, how personnel are utilized or concerning the business location, order processing or machine design, then optimization procedures play an important role. In four semesters, the Mathematics in Operations Research Master’s program conveys how models and methods of decision-making support look and how they function.

Major fields of study

The theory and applications of non-linear, combinatorial, and discrete optimization as well as numerical analysis and stochastics constitute the specializations in the Mathematics in Operations Research Master’s program. Students learn to express practical problems in mathematical models and solve them algorithmically. Also of importance here is the communication of the intended set of results in a comprehensible manner – a real challenge given that in practice, colleagues from different disciplines often work together in a single team. Having selected minor modules from the areas of Economics, Informatics or Information Systems, graduates achieve highly later on through their applied and interdisciplinary knowledge. Seminars on rhetoric and presentation techniques round out their profile. 

Contact

Examination management

Anja Hoffmann

Questions concerning examination regulations

Dr. Michael Ritter

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Registration for examination

Registration for your exam

In order to attend an examination (written or oral exams) you have to register in TUMonline using curricula support. Observe the registration periods:

Repeat examinations: 22.11.2021 - 15.01.2022

Exceptions are possible.

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New Examination Regulations

The examination regulations for the master's program "Mathematical Finance and Actuarial Science" have been significantly updated. A brief summary of the changes is available on these slides

The new regulations apply to all students starting the program in winter semester 2021/22 or later. If you have started your master's program in the summer semester 2021 or earlier, the old examination regulations will stay in effect for you. Changing into the new regulations is possible upon request, but please make sure to consult your academic advisor if you consider such a change.

Master Application deadline

Application deadlines

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 October to 30 November.

Graduation Ceremony

Graduation Ceremony

The ceremonial farewell of our graduates will take place on 8th July 2022, starting at 16:00. More information, including a possibility to register for the event, is available at Graduation Ceremony. We look forward to your participation!

Consultation hours for Master's Students  

On Campus

open consultation hours (no appointment necessary) for Anja Hoffmann and Michael Ritter:

every Thursday, 09:30 - 10:15, at room 00.10.056 (please wear an FFP2 mask)

no consultation hours on 22 September

Online

open consultation hours (no appointment necessary) for Anja Hoffmann and Michael Ritter:

every Thursday, 10:15 - 11:00on zoom: meeting ID: 926 6912 3397, passcode: TUM-1868

no consultation hours on 22 September

Individual counselling

Individual appointments (online or on campus) may be requested by email to master (at) ma.tum.de.

Profile: The essentials for the Master's program

Educational requirements

The prerequisite for the TUM Master´s program "Mathematics in Operations Research" is an accredited university degree in Mathematics or a comparable degree program and the proof of appropriate competencies, as specified in the check list to the right. If you fail to meet these conditions only by a narrow margin, points will be deducted during the application process and you possibly will be required to complete missing modules during your first year of the Master´s program. If the commission thinks that there is too much content missing, your application will be rejected.

Check List

You should have acquired the following competencies before your application:

Required Mathematical Basics from the Bachelor's Degree Program

Language requirements

Your language of instruction

In case the language of instruction during your undergraduate study was neither German nor English, you will need a language certificate (see Check List) in one of these languages before the end of the application period.

Check List

  • A list of certificates recognized as proof of German or English language proficiency may be found here.
  • German as a foreign language for international students is offered free of charge by the TUM Language Center.

Application: How to get a place

Language Certificates

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 completion of the application for the VPD by submitting our form instead. As soon as you receive the final VPD upload that instead to your TUMonline account.

Application Period

for the winter semester: January 1 - May 31 
for the summer semester: October 1 - November 30

      

All necessary documents must be uploaded by the end of the application deadline!

Enrollment 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. You can find detailled information on this website.

 

Documents, that have to be uploaded before the application deadlineExternal applicantsTUM Bachelors
Transcript of Records with courses equivalent to a minimum of 140 ECTS

just upload an unauthenticated transcript from TUMonline

Form with grade calculation (curricular analysis) from the best 140 ECTS
Curriculum of the underlying university degree
Please upload that
Actual Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Letter of Motivation
Proof of language skills (German or English)✓*
uni-assist VPD certificate
Only applicants outside of the EU/EEA
 

* For Science amd Engineering English is needed!

Documents, that have to be uploaded or sent in after admission but within the enrollment deadlineExternal applicantsTUM Mathematics Bachelors
Signed printout of the application for enrollment (from TUMonline)
Bachelor’s Degree or comparable qualification for admissionIf you proceed directly after your TUM Bachelor to the TUM Master your diploma will be forwarded to the Student Registration Office automatically. 
Proof of sufficient health insurance 
ID Picture 

The electronic applicant wizard guides you through the application step by step

All required documents for admission must be uploaded.

Important: choose "consecutive Master degree" as the form of study below the point "study programme selection".

Check your candidate account on TUMonline on a regular basis. You will be notified there about missing documents and receive an offer or refusal of a study place. If you do not receive an offer, you can register one more time for the selection procedure. You will also receive important individual information at the e-mail address provided in your applicant account.

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 aptitude assessment 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.

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.

Any questions?

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.

Time frames

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. (Exception: For the master's program "Mathematics in Data Science" all persons authorized as examiners in the TUM Department of Informatics can also act as a thesis supervisors.) You will find an overview of all such persons in the following list:

List of professors approved for examination purposes

Registration: When and where?

It is possible to register your Master’s thesis on the 1st and 15th of each month (though not retrospectively). The completed form must be submitted in due time as a pdf or photo/scan (readable) to master (at) ma.tum.de, either by the student (examiner in CC) or by the examiner (student in CC). The signature of the examiner can be provided digitally on the document, or the consent of the examiner is made clear in the attached e-mail correspondence. It is currently not necessary to send the original forms by post. Please do not forget to provide a German and an English title for your thesis – both will appear on your transcript of records.

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 send the completed form as a pdf or photo/scan (readable) to master (at) ma.tum.de. Please also submit the route card even if no activities are supposed to be incorporated.


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.

Language

The thesis can be written in the German or English language. 

Formal considerations

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.

Page 2

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.

External presentation

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

Please submit the Thesis as a pdf file to master (at) ma.tum.de  within the deadline. In addition, you have to submit within one week thereafter two identical, printed copies of your Master’s thesis with your original handwritten signature (including all data files that are relevant for the grading of your thesis on 2 USB's or CDs) at the Infopoint Mathematics or send them there via post. We will forward one copy to the thesis supervisor (for grading) and the second copy stays at Ms. Hoffmann's office (to be archived). You do not receive confirmation of submission.

Date

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.

Extension

In the event that you need more time to work on your thesis, you must submit an application to master (at) ma.tum.de for an extension, at least seven days prior to the planned submission date. This application must have been signed by your thesis supervisor (or you have to send the consent of the supervisor in electronic form). In the event of a second extension, the Chair of the Examination Board must sign the application as well as the thesis supervisor.

LaTeX

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.

Literature

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

English theses

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.

Printing

You can print your thesis at the computer room. Contact your supervisor to receive a sufficient print quota.

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