FAQ: Application and Admission
What are the requirements for the degree course?
Qualification for the Master degree course Architecture is shown by
- A bachelor’s degree in Architecture in Germany or abroad of at least three years / 180 Credits (ECTS)
- Passing the aptitude assessment for the M.A. Architecture course
How do I apply?
You apply online via the application portal TUMonline. After completion of the application process, you will receive a list of the documents that you have to send to TUM until the end of the application process. Please note: If you have obtained your qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. your bachelor's) in a country outside of the EU/EWR or Switzerland, you need to apply for a Preliminary Documentation (VPD) via uni-assist before applying to TUM. In detail: https://www.tum.de/nc/en/studies/application-and-acceptance/masters-degree-programs/applying-for-a-masters-degree-program/
In which language is the course taught? Do I need a German certificate?
The M.A. Architecture degree course is taught in German. There are certain modules that are taught in English, but you need a German certificate to study. You can find a list of accepted language certificates here: https://www.tum.de/nc/en/studies/application-and-acceptance/university-admission/language-certificates/
Can I attain my German certificate while already studying at TUM?
No. The German certificate is part of the application. The latest date to hand in the German certificate is August 15. (Deadline for the summer semester: February 15).
Which documents do I have to send?
The necessary documents are listed in the application portal TUMonline. Documents needed for admission can be found here.
When can I apply?
The application period for the winter semester is from April 1 to May 31. The signed application has to reach the matriculation office during this time. In special circumstances, individual documents necessary for admission can be handed in until August 15. Documents necessary for matriculation can be handed in after admission.
You can only apply in the summer semester if you already study for a M.A. Architecture degree at another university. The application period is November 1 to January 15. In special circumstances, individual documents necessary for admission can be handed in until February 15.
When is the latest I can accept a place in the program?
You should accept an offered place in the study program as soon as possible. Accpetance is possible until September 15 for the winter term and March 15 for the summer term. If you are only offered a place after these dates, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to accept.
Can I accept my place in the study program in a later semester?
If you are accepted, you can write a short mail to the matriculation office that you want to defer your placement. You can defer your placement for a year (it is not possible to defer for one semester because you can only start in the summer term when you are already studying in a Master’s program at another university). Please be aware that you have to apply again with your old account, with all your application documents (the exception is the portfolio, which you do not have to hand in again). The decision from your fist application will still be valid, so that you would be admitted without another aptitude assessment.
Can I also apply to start studying in the summer semester?
You can only apply for the summer semester when you’re already studying in a M.A. Architecture program at another university. You will start in the second full study semester.
Should I apply for a focus area or a mentoring program?
Please only apply for a focus area or mentoring program if your interest is serious. An application without a stated focus is no disadvantage for the aptitude assessment. Choosing a focus area is also possible after admission.
How does the Department of Architecture choose students for the M.A. Architecture?
The Department conducts an aptitude assessment. This is a two-step-process, in which the Department tests if you fulfil the specific requirements for the M.A. Architecture degree course.
During the first phase the final grade of your BA degree and your portfolio will be assessed via a point system. According to the score, you will either be admitted directly, invited to a personal interview or your application will be denied. In phase one of the process, you can reach up to 60 points (up to 30 points for your grade and 30 for your portfolio). If you receive up to 30 points, your application will be denied. If you receive between 31 and 42 points, you will be invited to a personal interview. If you receive 43 or more points, you will be directly admitted.
In the second phase of the aptitude assessment, points gained in the personal interview (up to 40 points) are added to the points gained in phase one. You are admitted if you receive 62 points or more.
How is the personal interview conducted?
We will contact you by mail one week before your interview date at the latest. Please confirm this date as soon as possible. The date is mandatory and can only be changed in exceptional circumstances. Please also check the spam folder of your e-mail address regularly.
You will be interviewed by two members of the aptitude assessment commission. The interview lasts 20 to 30 minutes. The interview will be conducted in German. Please bring a print-out of your portfolio.
Assessment criteria for the interview are:
- Exceptional motivation for the M.A. Architecture degree course
- Explanations of your works up to now (mainly works included in your portfolio, you can bring further designs)
- Understanding of architectural questions and problems
- Personal impression of suitability – can the candidate answer adequately and argue cogently? Can she give good examples?
Each criteria is given up to 10 points.
Can the personal interview be conducted by phone or videochat (Skype, etc.)?
No, the interview has to be conducted in person at the TU München.
When do the interviews take place?
Interviews take place in July and September (begin of studies in the winter semester) or in February and March (begin of studies in the summer semester). The exact times will be published before the start of the application period.
What are the criteria for designing your portfolio?
Please read our guidelines for the portfolio (in German).
How often can I apply?
You can only apply twice for the M.A. Architecture degree course. If you cancel your application, it does not count towards your two attempts. You can cancel your application by mail (email@example.com).