Information Systems

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Key Data

Type of Study: Full-time

Standard Duration of Studies: 4 semesters

Credits: 120 ECTS

Main Locations: Garching

Start of Degree Program: Summer or Winter semester

Language of Instruction: English

Costs: Semester fees, no tuition

Professional Profile: Informatics

Application and Admission

The Master's in Information Systems is both theory- and practice-oriented.

The aptitude assessment for the M.Sc. Information Systems is a two-stage process in which we assess your qualification with regard to the special qualitative requirements of this Master's program.

Application Periods

Winter semester: 01 February - 31 May

Summer semester: 01 September - 30 November

You have to apply for the Master's degree via TUMonline. After you have created your account in TUMonline, enter personal data and information about your education, and upload the required documents. The application is done completely electronically.

Prospective students with a Bachelor's degree from outside the European Union have to request a preliminary examination documentation from uni-assist (VPD) in advance.

Only in case of admission, you will have to submit some additional documents as certified copies for the enrollment.

Application for a Master's program - step by step

The following documents have to be submitted for the application (the required documents may vary depending on the applicant):

  • A statement of reasons explaining why you have chosen this master’s program and TUM specifically (max. 2 pages)
  • Your CV/résumé
  • A scientific essay of approx. 1,000 words on a specified topic (see below)
  • Form "Analysis of the Curriculum" (see below)
  • Bachelor's degree certificate, including a list of courses and grades OR an official transcript of records. Documents not issued in German or English must be translated and notarized by a sworn translator.
  • Curriculum (module descriptions, course catalog or syllabus) of the underlying university degree
  • Proof of your English language proficiency
  • GRE or Gate score for applicants with a B.Sc. degree from Bangladesh, China, India, Iran, Pakistan (original scorecard or have the score transmitted directly via ETS)
  • Preliminary documentation from uni-assist for all applicants with a Bachelor's degree from outside the EU/EEA
  • APS certificate for applicants with a Bachelor's from China, Vietnam or India
  • Certificates from professional training or additional qualifications related to the program (e.g. participation in research competitions, internships, etc.) (not mandatory)
  • A passport photo
  • A copy of your passport

International applicants:

Attention: If you did not obtain your Bachelor's degree in a country within the EU/EEA, you have to upload a preliminary documentation from uni-assist (VPD). In order to get the VPD, you must send the required documents (some as notarized copies!) to uni-assist via post! Uni-assist still needs the documents in paper. As the issuance of the VPD can take up to 4 weeks, we highly recommend sending the necessary documents to uni-assist very early. More information on Preliminary Documentation (VPD) by uni-assist.

Please do check the requirements for Notarization, especially for translations!
Special requirements for documents apply for certain countries.

The admission office checks if your uploaded documents are complete and correct. When this is the case, the department can access your application and forward it to the admission committee. The admission committee will decide whether your application is admitted, rejected or processed to the second stage of the aptitude assessment.

Preliminary documentation from uni-assist (VPD)

Applicants who did not obtain their qualification for postgraduate studies (usually a bachelor's degree) in a country within the EU/EEA must apply for a preliminary documentation (VPD) from uni-assist, additionally to the TUM application.

What documents must be submitted to uni-assist?

  • Filled-in application form for VPD (see Downloads)
  • a copy of your degree certificate (if available)
  • a copy of your transcript of records
  • a translation, given that the original documents have not been issued in either German or English
  • if necessary: Certificate of the German Evaluation Center (APS)

You don't have to submit an entire application for a specific program to uni-assist, you only have to apply for the general preliminary documentation (VPD).

An application for a VPD via uni-assist alone does not qualify as an application for a degree program at TUM.


Applicants with a Degree from Bangladesh, China, India, Iran or Pakistan have to submit a GRE (General) Test. We have defined required minimum scores, lower scores will not be accepted!

The required scores are:
Verbal reasoning: (will not be taken into account anymore)
Quantitative reasoning: 164
Analytical writing: 4.0
The Institution Code: 7806, Department: 5199 ("all other departments").

Alternatively, students can submit a scorecard of the Indian GATE test (Computer Science; for M.Sc. CSE the Mechanical Engineering Test will also be accepted). The minimal qualifying score of the respective year is necessary.

Certificate from the German Evaluation Center (Akademischen Prüfstelle, APS)

Applicants with an undergraduate degree from China, India and Vietnam have to submit a certificate from the German Evaluation Center (APS).

Students with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems (Wirtschaftsinformatik) which is equivalent to the B.Sc. Information Systems (Wirtschaftsinformatik) taught at TUM are eligible to apply. Other programs do not qualify for this Master's degree.

Importance of Informatics and Mathematics foundations
Equivalent academic qualification in Informatics and Mathematics is very important to us. Therefor, if more than 14 credits are missing when comparing your modules to the following group of modules of the BSc. Wirtschaftsinformatik, your Bachelor's degree is not equivalent and the application will be rejected without further assessment:

  • Introduction to Informatics
  • Programming
  • Software Engineering
  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Databases
  • Computer Networks and Distributed Systems
  • Linear Algebra for Informatics
  • Analysis for Informatics
  • Discrete Structures
  • Discrete Probability Theory / Statistics

Applicants also have to provide a proof of sufficient English language proficiency.

Stage 1 of the Aptitude Assessment
The following criteria will be evaluated in stage 1:

  1. Academic Qualification: The modules of your Bachelor's degree will be checked for equivalence with the B.Sc. Information Systems of TUM. The prerequisite modules are listed in the document "Analysis of the Curriculum" (see below).
  2. Grade: The grade of your best courses in the amount of 120 Credits resp. 2/3 of Bachelor's degree credits will be considered for this criteria. You must indicate your best courses in the Excel sheet "Analysis of the Curriculum" (see below). After filling the form, upload it as a PDF(!) in your application in your TUMonline account.
  3. Scientific Essay / Scientific Paper: see below
  4. Statement of Reasons: see below

According to your score, you can be directly admitted, rejected or invited to the second stage of the aptitude assessment.

Stage 2 of the Aptitude Assessment
The second stage of the aptitude assessment consists of a 20-30 minute interview with the admission committee. You will be invited at least one week before the interview date. After the interview, we will inform you as soon as possible about the result.

Please download and complete the form for the analysis of curriculum, and then upload it in your TUMonline application!

Form - Curricularanalyse - Information Systems

The topics for the scientific essay / paper will be published with the start of the next application period.

The statement of reasons, submitted along with the online application, should not be longer than two DIN-A4 pages and can be written in English or German.
In your statement of reasons, you should explain your specific qualification and exceptional commitment for this particular Master's program. This may include demonstration of qualifications which exceed the knowledge and qualifications obtained at undergraduate degree level, e.g. program-related vocational training, internships, stays abroad, research papers etc. You should make clear the connection between your specific qualifications and the contents of the program.
The statement of reasons must be your own work and you have to write it without any assistance. We reserve the right to check the essay for authorship of the applicant and the use of unauthorized tools.

Analysis of the Curriculum

1. At my university, we do not use credits at all. What should I do?

We assume that all courses are weighted equally. You can indicate one credit for each course. In this case, each course is of the same weight. The total number of credits then is the total number of courses that were part of your study program.

2. At my university, we have a letter grade scheme. What should I do?

For the grade calculation, the Excel sheet does not acept letters, you have to indicate numbers. You can use one number for each letter, i.e. if your grade scheme is A+, A, B, C, D and E = Fail, you have A+=1, A=2, B=3, C=4 and D=5. The highest possible grade is 1, the lowest grade to pass the course is 4.
If your grading scheme is A+, A, B+, B etc., you have A+=1, A=2, B+=3, B=4 etc.

3. I have more than one degree. Can I indicate all courses and grades in the Excel sheet?

If you are applying for M.Sc. Robotics, Cognition and Intelligence, you can only specify courses and grades from a single Bachelor's program for the grade calculation. This must be the Bachelor's degree that qualifies for the Master's degree and that you have indicated in TUMonline as your entrance qualification for the Master's program.
If you are applying for M.Sc. Information Systems or M.Sc. Informatics: Games Engineering, you can enter courses from more than one program in part 2 (matching your courses with courses at TUM), but only courses and grades from one program (the master's entrance qualification) in part 3 (calculating the grade).
You have to prove all entered grades and credits by uploading a corresponding Transcript of Records of all courses.

Postponing of the study start

1. I have been admitted, but I have to postpone the start of my studies. Is that possible?

Yes, you can postpone the start of your studies. After reapplying (!) via TUMonline within the regular application periods, you can receive a new admission for the respective semester. The new application works as follows:

You enter a new application in TUMonline and upload an updated CV (!). The rest of the documents must also be uploaded again, but here you can use the same documents which you submitted for the first application. This means that you do not have to write a new essay and a new statement of reasons, but you can upload the documents from the first application again here.

Please make sure that you actually upload a document for all requested documents, otherwise your application will remain on the status "incomplete" and will not be processed. If you have uploaded your application documents completely and correctly within the official deadline, you will automatically receive a new admission.

2. I have postponed my study start and received an admission for the following semester. Which documents do I need to submit for enrollment?

The documents you need to submit for enrollment are listed in your TUMonline account. You can also find information here:

Please note that some required documents must be submitted in paper, and that some documents have to be submitted as certified copies for the enrollment:

During the degree program

The qualification profile of the Master's program Information Systems (Wirtschaftsinformatik) consists of the respective modules. The degree program requires 120 credits in total, which consists of:

  • Required Modules in Informatics, Information Systems (Core Modules)
  • Elective Courses
  • Support Electives
  • Thesis

Below you will find further explanations regarding the modules. 


A detailed overview of the modules can be found in the Curriculum and in TUMonline:

without login: Curriculum as of summer semester 2022

with login: Enrolled students can find their own study plan (Curriculum Support) at the top of the Studies and Teaching menu under Study Status / Study Plan.

The following modules are mandatory in the Master's Program Information Systems:  

From the area of the Elective Courses, the following modules are required: 

  • at least 5 credits from the area Algorithms
  • at least 5 credits from the area Machine Learning and Analytics
  • at least 5 credits from the area Information Systems
  • at least 5 credits from the area Databases and Information Systems
  • at least 18 credits from the area Management

 The list of the modules can be found in TUMonline in your curriculum for the summer term 2022

In the Guided Research module, you will learn basic skills to conduct independent research. This is done by working on a research question under supervision.

  • Registration: Submit the form to the Board of Examiners within the first week of lecture of the semester in which you will conduct the research.
  • In order to complete your Guided Research, you will need to:
    • Successfully complete your research work 
    • Participate in regular meetings with your advisor
    • Present your results to the chair or at a scientific event
    • Submit a brief scientific profitability report (8-12 pages) in English to your advisor (due no later than the first week of lecture of the following semester)
  • Submission: At the latest at the beginning of the following semester: The results report must be submitted to the advisor at the latest in the first week of lectures of the following semester. You will receive your evaluation by the fifth week of lecture of the semester after you submit your report.

To fill out the Online application form for a guided research project, you have to log in with your TUM ID.
Complete the Guided Research Registration Form with your advisor. Please submit the application and the project description as hard copy or a signed copy.

Registration in the online portal is not yet a guaranteed registration. The verification will only take place when the signed form is submitted.

How to submit your registration:

  1. Online Registration via the form above. Deadline for winter semester 2023/24: October 22, 2023.
    Registration window opens two months prior to the first lecture week of the upcoming semester.
  2. Print (1) the project description and (2) your printed registration form (= email you recieve after submitting this form).
  3. Submit the two printed documents (see step 2.) to your supervising professor.  
  4. The supervising professor signs the registration form.
  5. Then the professor or their chair respectively will forward the printed and signed registration form to CIT ASA Office for TUMonline entry. The professor has about 2 weeks to submit the hard copies to CIT ASA Office until November 3, 2023.
  6. CIT ASA Office will enter the data of your registration into your TUMonline account. You won't get a confirmation email.
  7. Please check your TUMonline account regularly from November or May on respectively. Registration data will be entered in TUMonline after the deadline November 3, 2023 until the end of November

In the area of the Support Electives 6 credits are required. Regulations for the courses of Carl von Linde Akademie can be found here Support Electives 

Additionally accepted courses for the Master Information Systems (Wirtschaftsinformatik) can be found in TUMonline in your Curriculum as of summer term 2022


Special regulation

  • Either SZ1101 or SZ11011 Intercultural Communication - Cross Cultural Encounters (with 2 or 3 credits) can be included.

Information in detail you will find here Examinations

The General Academic and Examination Regulations (APSO) of TUM and the respective Program-Specific Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO) apply to all students.

(FPSO English version)

Fachprüfungs- und Studienordnung (FPSO) vom 28. September 2018 in der Fassung vom 7. September 2021
applies to all students starting in winter term 2021/22

Fachprüfungs- und Studienordnung (FPSO) 2018 in der Fassung vom 4. März 2020
applies to all students starting in summer term 2020

Fachprüfungs- und Studienordnung (FPSO) vom 28. September 2018
applies to all students starting in winter term 2018/19 up to winter term 2019/20

In order to complete the master's degree program, students have to write a scientific paper, namely the Master's Thesis. The processing period for the thesis is six months. It can always be registered on the 15th day of a month. You can find everything you need to know, from its planning to the submission, here: Thesis.

Registration form for the Master's Thesis


After you have completed the required achievements and submitted your thesis, you graduate with the Master of Science (M.Sc.). So you can enter the professional life. Tips and advices for your graduation process can be read here: Graduation