Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Regular program length: 4 semester (full-time program)

Credit points (ECTS): 120 credit points

Language of instruction: German or English

Limited capacity:
First semester: no
Higher semester: no
Application possible for:
First semester: winter and summer term
Higher semester: winter and summer term
Application deadline:
German and EU nationals
First semester: September 30 for winter term, March 31 for summer term
Higher semester: September 30 for winter term, March 31 for summer term
Non-EU nationals:
First semester: July 15 for winter term, January 15 for summer term
Higher semester: July 15 for winter term, January 15 for summer term

Degree and duration

Regular program length of 2 years leading to a "Master of Science (M.Sc.)" degree; 120 credit points (corresponding to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System - ECTS) must be completed. Individual prorgram length may differ from regular program length.

Program structure

The study program is structured into subjects, which in turn are subdivided into modules. All modules are assigned to one of the four mathematical fields: Algebra and Geometry, Analysis, Applied and Numerical Mathematics, and Stochastics.

Subjects of the Mathematics M.Sc. study program
Mathematical Methods I
(24 CP)
Mathematical Methods II
(16 CP)
Complementary subject
(16 - 24 CP)
Mathematical specialization
(14 - 22 CP)
"Complementary subject" and "mathematical specialization" need to make up at least 38 CP combined.
Mathematical seminar
(6 CP)
Interdisciplinary qualifications
(6 CP)
Master's thesis (30 CP)

The study program is completed with a master's thesis worth 30 credit points.

In the course of the Master's program, the scientific foundations and the essential methodology of mathematics are extended and deepened. The Master's program Mathematics provides the qualification for a subsequent professional occupation in economics and industry as well as for a subsequent academic career in mathematics, engineering sciences, natural sciences or economics. Due to their research oriented training, graduates are prepared for life-long learning.

Excerpt from the diploma supplement of the study program

With a completed master's degree program in mathematics, you will be very flexible in the job market, as mathematics is considered a key science. Not only do you possess strong analytical skills and a structured approach to complex issues, but you have also acquired an application-oriented specialization during your studies. This opens up excellent career prospects for you as a specialist and manager, both nationally and internationally, wherever complex situations exist and a high degree of security and commitment is required. Examples include medical technology, IT companies, the automotive industry and the telecommunications sector. With a master's degree and/or a doctorate, your expertise isn't only in demand in industry, consulting companies and the service sector, but also in (interdisciplinary) research.

  • well-structured study program with many options
  • large selection of possible application subjects, possibly at other departments
  • strong research profile of the faculty with impact on research-oriented teaching
  • freely selectable interdisciplinary qualifications
  • many lectures offered in English
  • attractive and modern faculty building with many seminar rooms, workplaces, specialized library and cafeteria
  • good infrastructure of advisory services at the KIT-Department of Mathematics
  • integration into the EUCOR university network enables participation in courses at the universities of Freiburg, Basel, Strasbourg, Colmar, and Mulhouse
  • possibilities for studying abroad
  • possibility of a master's thesis at another KIT-Department or in cooperation with a company
  • Career Service supports your way into professional life

Admission requirements

Admission requirement is a bachelor's degree or at least an equivalent degree in mathematics or a related subject from a university, university of applied sciences, university of cooperative education or a foreign university. The standard period of study of that program must have been at least three years, or alternatively a minimum of 180 credit points.

The bachelor's degree or equivalent must have been obtained in mathematics or a related subject.

Language skills necessary for international applicants

Applicants without university entrance qualifications awarded by a German-speaking secondary school need to submit proof of the following language skill:

  • German language skills: for application, skills of at least B1-level are necessary. All certificates are accepted; a certificate of attendance of a B1-level course is sufficient. For enrollment, a DSH2 certificate or equivalent needs to be presented.
  • or English language skills of at least B2-level, e.g. proven by Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 90 points in the internet-based test or equivalent. Proof of English language skills is not required for applicants who
    • have completed a degree program at a university with English as the sole language of instruction
    • have attended at least 5 years of English language classes in secondary school, can provide a higher education entrance qualification and have received minimum grades of 4 (sufficient, D) or at least 5 points in the last two school years of these English language classes.
  • Can proof of sufficient knowledge of the English or German language not be provided until the end of the application deadline, admission can be granted under the provision that one of the above-mentioned certificates of either the English or the German language will be provided during enrollment.

Contact the International Students Office for additional information.

Application for the 1st semester

Application for a higher semester

Dr. Regine Endsuleit
Head of department, student advisor
Student advisory services (ZSB)

+49 721 608 - 44930Endsuleit does-not-exist.kit edu


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