Master of Arts MA in Architecture

Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, Germany
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Technische Universität München (TUM)
Faculty of Architecture
Munich, Germany
Arcisstraße 21, 80333 München, Germany
BAM 2023
#12 / 19
English / German
24 months

While the Bachelor’s study program in Architecture imparts basic knowledge of all architecture-related topics, students of the Master’s study program in Architecture have the choice to engage themselves in advanced studies of the basis of architectural work, planning and design, and to concentrate on technical priorities, based on personal preference, interests and qualification.

For that purpose, students can choose from four key topics: The core practice “Architectural Design” and three activities grouped into three focus areas “Integrated Building Technologies”, “Urban and Landscape Transformation” and “Cultural Heritage, History and Criticism”.


What you´ll learn

The term papers of the Master’s study program in Architecture essentially consist of three components: an individual project term paper (the central focus of the study program), the accompanying self-study, which is assigned to the contents of the individual project term paper as well as study and research choices of the department. Priority in all fields of specialization is given to the project term paper, which is complemented and strengthened by the other components.

In consultation and cooperation with a Professor, students can create a mentoring program which further promotes the study objective. A focus on sub-disciplines can lead to a subject-specific orientation and various job profiles.

Students should acquire the necessary qualification, not only to initiate and realize planning processes, but also in order to be able to undertake management tasks in a team and to implement building projects with economic and business success.

Applicants are expected to show a high level of dedication and commitment. In order to determine an applicant’s individual skills, an aptitude test is conducted as part of the admission procedure. The academic degree Master of Arts (M.A.) entitles to a Ph.D. program.

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Admission Requirements

Architecture M.A. – Application

You apply online via the application portal TUMonline. In detail:

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.


All necessary documents must be uploaded by the end of the deadline.

-A Higher Education Entrance Qualification (HZB)

-An Entrance qualification for a master’s degree program or rather Academic Background, an academic degree qualifying you to study at the master’s level

-A transcript of records showing the modules taken in the applicant’s first degree and a minimum of 180 credits (200 credits for 8 semester study courses). The transcript of records must be issued by the respective examination committee or responsible course director’s office. Please note: applicants with a six-semester BA (180 credits) must complete at least 60 credits from the compulsory elective and elective program of the Bachelor. The year abroad is compulsory – if you were not abroad during your bachelor’s degree, you will be required to complete it in the master’s program. Missing credits will be booked as a condition and must be proven by the time of submission of the master thesis.

-Curriculum vitae in tabular form.

-A letter of motivation describing the reasons for wishing to be admitted to the M.A. in Architecture course at the TUM. This statement should be no longer than 500 words and explain why the applicant’s specific abilities, interests and career goals make them a good candidate for the study program and why they would like to study at the TUM. Evidence of any related extra-curricular professional education, internships or vocational activities undertaken outside the regular hours of the bachelor’s study program help demonstrate the applicant’s degree of commitment and dedication.

-A portfolio of the student’s own work in digital form (max 15 pages, max. DIN A4 format, PDF file no larger than 20 MB, upload in the application platform of TUM). You can find guidelines for the creation of your portfolio here (in German).

-A signed assurance that the portfolio and letter of motivation was produced and written without assistance, that the reasons given for choosing this study program are the applicant’s own, and that any thoughts or ideas stemming from other sources have been identified as such (is included in the Antrag auf Zulassung).

-Applicants from abroad should provide proof of adequate proficiency in the German language. Please see: Information about German language skills

-Applicant from abroad need to have their qualifications checked through uni-assist

-If you have already completed relevant courses at a different university or in another course of study, you can apply to a higher subject semester (Fachsemester). To do this, you need a credit transfer report (upstream process). Please get in touch with the study advisor.

-Guideline for the aptitude assessment and application process.


Please note that we can only consider your online application if all documents for the admission have been uploaded before the application deadline.

The application will be assessed by a committee on the basis of the documents submitted. Applicants may be asked to attend an aptitude assessment interview in which they will be asked to present their bachelor’s thesis project.

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BAM Evaluation 2023
Total Points
37,50 pts
Overal Score
58,14 pts
Final Score
73,53 pts
Campus Location
** Some information about this program was extracted from its official website in order to be evalued by the BAM Ranking
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