Mannheim Master in Data Science

The Mannheim Master in Data Science (MMDS) program equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to gain operational insight from large and complex datasets. The program is interdisciplinary and is run as a collaboration of University of Mannheim’s Data and Web Science Group, Institute of Business Informatics, Department of Sociology, Department of Political Science, and Institute of Mathematics. The program provides both a solid theoretical foundation as well as practical skills for data management and data analytics. A wide range of courses are offered in these areas, along with data science projects to apply the acquired knowledge in practice.


Quick Facts

Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Program Length: 24 months (full-time, on campus)

Language of Instruction: English

Main Topics:

  • Data Management
  • Data Mining and Text Mining
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Advanced Statistics


  • Interdisciplinary program
  • Wide range of courses
  • Practical data science projects

Enrollment: Each year in Fall and Spring

Application Deadlines: 

  • November 15 for Spring term
  • May 31 for Fall term

Online Application only:

Tuition Fees: EU citizens only pay a small amount to cover administration costs. In addition, the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg charges tuition fees for international students who are not EU citizens. The tuition fee for these students is EUR 1,500 per semester.

Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree with at least 48 ECTS in data science-related courses
  • English language skills

Selection Criteria:

  • Overall grade of undergraduate degree
  • Previous experience in data science
  • Semester abroad

Accreditation: The MMDS is accredited by ACQUIN.

Student Representatives: Student Association Fachschaft WIM

Studying in Mannheim: Information for international applicants

Job Perspectives

In the 21st century, data is the most important asset of companies and researchers alike, often being coined “the new oil” (Forbes, 2012). Data scientists collect, organize, analyze, and visualize data. As a data scientist, you will either work in academia, the public sector, or in industry wherever large amounts of data are gathered and analyzed, e.g., in marketing, manufacturing, operations research, or logistics. Many data science projects in industry and academia currently cannot be realized as there are not enough educated data scientists available on the market. Thus, the job perspectives of data scientists are excellent. These perspectives together with the impact that the results of your work as a data scientist will have made the Harvard Business Review call data scientist “the sexiest job of the 21st century” (Harvard Business Review, 2012).

Further Information

On the following pages, we give you an overview of the structure and content of the Mannheim Master in Data Science  and inform you about the application procedure. 

The information flyer Mannheim Master in Data Science summarizes the key facts about the program.
Additional information about the program is available in the slide set Mannheim Master in Data Science.


The Mannheim Master in Data Science (MMDS) is supported by the "Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst des Landes Baden-Württemberg", the Ministry of Science, Research and Art in Baden-Wuerttemberg, within the second stage of the building program "Master 2016."