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Dear prospective students,

thank you very much for your interest in the Master's program in Data Science of the Statistics, Computer Science and Mathematics Departments of TU Dortmund University. On this page you will find information regarding the application and enrolment process. Also, have a look our FAQs.

Step 0

Inform yourself about the contents of our study program. Keep in mind that our study program is based on the theoretical (mathematical) fundamentals of statistics and computer science to derive advanced methods of Data Science. The course is designed as a consecutive Master's degree to our Bachelor's degree in Data Science. Hence, all contents of the Bachelor are assumed to be known. Having studied at a different university before, you will most likely be missing content from our bachelor's program, which you will have to work on in addition to your master's program. Therefore, consider whether this really is the right program for you. We would be pleased if you finally decide to study at our university.

Step 1

Check that you meet the following criteria for admission to our Data Science program:

  1. A suitable Bachelor’s degree. There are two possibilities:

    1. You have completed a Bachelor's degree in Data Science at TU Dortmund University.

    2. You have completed another Bachelor’s degree at a German university. In this case, admission is possible if your studies are assessed by us as being informatics/statistical/mathematical oriented. For this purpose, we apply the following rule: the bachelor's programme has to include courses of at least 15 ECTS in basic courses relevant to Data Science in one of the fields of computer science, mathematics or statistics, and another 15 ECTS in the other two fields combined. To assess whether a course is "fundamental and relevant for Data Science", you can take a look at the study plan of our Bachelor's program. Comparable degrees at foreign universities are recognised according to legal regulations.

  2. The final grade of the Bachelor's degree previously reviewed for application is at least “good” (2.5) in the German system. No exception can be made from this rule. If you have completed your degree abroad, our International Office will calculate your final grade, which may differ from your CGPA.

  3. Sufficient knowledge of English (at least B2 level). Here, we accept the following proofs:

    1. a German certificate of general qualification for university entrance (English from 5th or 7th grade up to the Abitur),

    2. an internationally recognised language certificate,

    3. a diploma from an English-speaking school or an English-speaking course of study,

    4. comparable evidence.

Proof of German language skills is NOT required. The entire program can be completed without knowledge of the German language.

Owing to legal regulations, other criteria such as Master's degrees, professional experience, and certificates from further (professional) education according to legal regulations cannot be used for the assessment. All three criteria must be fulfilled for admission. If you do not meet criterion 1) or 2), you cannot change this by additionally completing further courses.

The course of studies is NOT admission restricted. If you meet the criteria above, you are guaranteed a place at our university.

Step 2

Application and registration. This process varies depending on where you obtained your relevant degree. Your citizenship is explicitly not relevant. The application is basically free of charge.

  1. Within Germany and you are already enrolled at TU Dortmund University:

    1. Procedure: fill out the application for change of study program and submit it to the Student Secretariat.

    2. Deadline: Friday before the start of lectures.

    3. Documents required: the completed application form, your (preliminary) degree certificate, proof of your English language skills, and a maximum of two pages showing your previous academic career.

    4. Procedure: the Student Secretariat forwards your application to us (usually within a few days) for examination of the criteria in step 1. If this is given, you will be enrolled automatically. We recommend an early application a few weeks before the start of the semester.

    5. Contact person for formal problems: here we can NOT help you. Contact the Student Secretariat instead.

  2. Within Germany and you are not enrolled at the TU Dortmund University:

    1. Procedure: apply online at the Student Secretariat.

    2. Deadline: Friday before the start of lectures (We recommend an early application a few weeks before the start of the semester).

    3. Required documents: the completed application form, your (preliminary) degree certificate, proof of your English language skills, a maximum two-page description of your previous academic career, proof of a German health insurance, a certified copy of your university entrance qualification.

    4. Procedure: the Student Secretariat forwards your application to us (usually within a few days) for examination of the criteria in step 1. If this is given, you will be enrolled automatically. We recommend an early application a few weeks before the start of the semester.

    5. Contact person for formal problems: here we can NOT help you. Contact the Student Secretariat instead.

  3. Within the EU:

    1. Procedure: apply at the International Office

    2. Deadline: Friday before the start of lectures.

    3. Documents required: a list of the documents required can be found on the website of the International Office linked above. Further required documents for the Master in Data Science are: English language certificate, a maximum of two pages presentation of your previous academic career.

    4. Procedure: you first submit your application online to the International Office. They will forward your application to us for examination. As there are a lot of international applicants, this can take several weeks or even months. You will then receive the admission decision from the International Office and may enroll in our degree program. You can find all information on enrollment here.

      Attention: do NOT use the application portal for English language degree programs.

    5. Contact person for formal problems: here we can NOT help you. Contact the International Office instead.

      Important information: we are NOT informed about the current status of your application.

  4. Outside the EU:

    1. Procedure: apply at the International Office.

    2. Deadlines: November 15 to January 15 (application for the summer semester); March 15 to July 15 (application for the winter semester). We recommend an early application, as we need a few weeks to process your application and you may have to take care of a visa and an apartment in Germany afterwards.

    3. Required documents: a list of the required documents can be found on the website of the International Office linked above. Further required documents for the Master in Data Science are: English language certificate, a maximum of two pages presentation of your previous academic career.

    4. Procedure: you first apply online to the International Office. It is not planned to send documents by post. Your application will be forwarded to us for examination. As there are a lot of international applicants, this can take several weeks or even months. You will then receive the admission decision from the International Office and may enroll in our degree program. You can find all information on enrollment here.

      Attention: do NOT use the application portal for English language degree programmes

    5. Contact person for formal problems: here we can NOT help you. Contact the International Office instead.

      Important information: we are NOT informed about the current status of your application.

Step 3

Organization of the study program: Congratulations, you have made it and are enrolled for our Master in Data Science. The following information might be relevant for the start of your studies:

  1. Extra Requirements: if you have not completed our Bachelor in Data Science, you have probably been admitted under conditions. These conditions serve to bring your level of knowledge closer to our Bachelor graduate’s level. These extra requirements have to be fulfilled after enrollment and before attending the course Case Studies. Please note that in the case of extra requirements your studies may take longer than two years.

  2. Study organization: there will be orientation events at the beginning of your studies. These will take place at the beginning of October for winter intake together with the newcomers in the Bachelor's program of our department, and at the beginning of April for summer intake. Participation is highly recommended as you will you will receive a lot of useful information regarding your studies and get to know your fellow students and the campus.

  3. Precourses: Before the start of the lectures you should check out our precourses which will help you to prepare for your upcoming master and to refresh your memories of all the important stuff from your bachelor courses. There will be 3 different precourses.

    The first one is a statistics precourse in German language which covers especially the most important content of the statistics bachelor. It takes place 3 weeks live on campus or via zoom (due to the corona virus). It is recommended if you prepare for the statistics master.

    The second and third precourses are online courses on the learning platform moodle in English language. They have no fixed timetable. So, you can do them where and whenever you want.

    One of them is a online statistics course. It mostly covers the same content as the first precourse and is recommended for both master's programmes Data Science and Econometrics. The other one is a data science course and is highly recommended for all data science students.

    For more information click here

  4. You can find a lot of information for foreign students on the website of the International Office.