Aptitude assessment for master’s programs
Admission to the Master's programs at the TUM School of Life Sciences is governed by the aptitude procedure (abbreviated EV). The specific regulations of the individual aptitude procedures and whether you have to take an aptitude test can be found in the appendix of the respective subject examination and study regulations (FPSO) of the degree program.
The purpose of the aptitude assessment is to check whether you have the professional competencies for the corresponding master's program from your first degree. Your special qualifications and skills should correspond to the intended professional field.
For most of our Master's programs at TUM School of Life Sciences, there is a so-called "soft transition" from the Bachelor's to the Master's program, i.e. at the time of application, students must provide evidence of module examinations amounting to:
- at least 120 credits in the case of a six-semester Bachelor's program,
- at least 150 credits in the case of a seven-semester Bachelor's program, and
- at least 180 credits in the case of an eight-semester Bachelor's degree program.
The minimum number of credits required may vary depending on the program (see the appendix of the respective program's subject examination and study regulations (FPSO)). Proof of having passed the bachelor's degree must then be submitted within one year of starting the master's program.
Exception: for the Master's program Sustainable Resource Management you need a Bachelor's degree already successfully completed (degree certificate and diploma, or, if not yet available, at least a complete transcript together with a preliminary degree certificate) at the time of application.
Your application will be processed as soon as you have submitted all necessary documents online in full and on time. Applications that are not submitted on time and in full will be excluded from the eligibility procedure.
The aptitude assessment takes place in two stages:
- First stage: In the first stage, either the application documents received, in the form of a course-specific curricular analysis (subject-specific qualification derived from the transcript of records) and the grade from the previous studies, or a written performance survey (online aptitude test) or the test result of the electronic test (TUM Test) and the grade from the previous studies, are used to assess whether you have the subject-specific aptitude for the corresponding master's program. Which evaluation procedure applies to your Master's program can be found in the appendix of the respective subject examination and study regulations (FPSO) of the program. The evaluation is done by means of a point system.
Applicants who achieve a certain score will receive direct admission already in the first stage. If the score falls below a certain level, they will be directly rejected in the first stage.
- Second stage: The remaining applicants who are neither admitted nor rejected based on their score in the first stage will receive an invitation to a video aptitude assessment interview by e-mail. For further information on the aptitude assessment interview, please refer to the appendix of the respective program's subject examination and study regulations (FPSO).
You will receive notification of rejection or admission to the program via your TUMonline Account.
After you have been admitted, the next step is enrollment. For this, you must submit your application documents, in part as certified copies, by mail or in person. You can see which documents we are required in your TUMonline Account as soon as you have received admission and accepted your study place.