Application and Admission

The Mannheim Master in Data Science (MMDS) program is open to Bachelor alumni from different areas, including computer science, mathematics, statistics, sociology, political science, and business administration. Applicants are required to have obtained at least 48 ECTS in computer science, mathematics, statistics, and/or empirical research methods in the course of their Bachelor programmes. ECTS points from an empirical Bachelor thesis also count towards the 48 ECTS points.

The MMDS admits 25 students per year. Students are selected based on their

  • Overall grade of the undergraduate degree
  • Previous experience in data science (e.g., internships, teaching assistance, publications)
  • Semester abroad

Details about the admission requirements and the selection procedure are provided in the Auswahlsatzung Mannheim Master in Data Science which can be found here (German version only).

Application Procedure

Please apply online at

The deadlines for application are November 15 (for the Spring term) and May 31 (for the Fall term).

In addition to the online form, you need to submit the following documents as hard copy:

  1. Printed and signed application form
  2. CV (in tabular form)
  3. Copy of your university entrance certificate (Allgemeine Hochschulzugangsberechtigung, high school diploma, secondary school leaving certificate); if not in English or German, a notarized translation is also necessary
  4. Bachelor degree transcripts stamped and signed by your university; international applicants must also provide proof of the grading system if it differs from the German system
  5. Certification of English language skills (see below for details), at most five years old
  6. If available: notarized copy of your Bachelor degree certificate including grades (if not in English or German a notarized translation is also necessary)
  7. If applicable: proof of semester spent abroad (transcript of foreign university or Bachelor certificate)
  8. If applicable: certificate(s) of employment demonstrating experience in the data science field

Submit the hardcopy documents to:

Admission Office
Universität Mannheim
Postfach 103462
68131 Mannheim


English Language Skills Certificates

We accept the following certifications of English language skills:

  • University entrance certificate obtained in an English language educational system
  • Bachelor certificate of a study programme in English language
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language – Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT) with at least 79 points
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language - Computer Based Test (TOEFL CBT) with at least 213 points
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language - Paper Based Test (TOEFL PBT) with at least 550 points
  • Cambridge ESOL Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with at least level C
  • International English Language Testing System – Academic Test (IELTS) with at leat band 6.0
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with at least 500 points
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE), General Test with at least 60% in verbal reasoning and at least 80% in quantitative reasoning
  • English language certificate from the University of Mannheim Service and Marketing GmbH with at least level B2 in the areas listening comprehension, written language, spoken language, and reading comprehension


Applying Prior to Completion of the First Degree

Prospective alumni can also apply for the Master’s programme, given that they have completed at least 130 ECTS of their Bachelor’s programme and expect to obtain their Bachelor’s degree until the beginning of the respective study term.