Mathematics (Master of Science)

Overview
Conditions of admission
Applications


Overview

Course content and focus areas 

Mathematics is a major cultural science with a history dating back to ancient times. However, it is also the driving force behind many modern technologies and has become a key technology in the Information Era. This fact contradicts the public image of mathematics, which is often seen as a closed world of theorems and arithmetic formulae.  However, there are mathematical methods and processes behind issues and problems such as data compression and data safety, traffic control, the optimisation of financial instruments and non-destructive medical techniques. These processes give rise to a vivid science with many unsolved problems and an enormous impact on applications.
Studying mathematics is highly appealing and a great intellectual challenge. It can help you prepare for a career as a mathematician in business and industry and as a mathematics teacher.

Students on the Master of Science course build on the skills learned in the Bachelor’s programme by acquiring the following:

•    knowledge of the main mathematical disciplines, their methodological approaches and their interrelations,
•    an insight into up-to-date research results and the significance of these,
•    the ability to deal with a comprehensive mathematical task independently in a Master thesis,
•    the skills needed to work as a mathematical assistant or employee in an academic institution,
•    the basis for a PhD.

Detailed information

Information from the department
Study regulations 

Degree

Master of Science in Mathematics 

Duration

The standard length of study for the Master of Science degree is 4 semesters. 

Language of instruction

German 

Start of the programme

The programme can start at the beginning of both the summer and winter semesters. 

Student advisory service Please click here for contact details


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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • B.A. in mathematics or a degree in a subject that focuses on technical mathematics, business mathematics or IT mathematics;
  • Applicants without a bachelor's degree in mathematics must demonstrate equivalence knowledge in Analysis, Linear Algebra, Stochastics, numerical analysis and discrete mathematics and beyond beyond in-depth study in a mathematical area totaling at least 18 CP. 
    Admission may be granted to the condition of the provision of additional coursework and module examinations from the Bachelor's degree programme with a maximum amount of 60 CP. These courses are not part of the Master's examination. If the requirement is not complied with within the time limit set by the Admission Committee, admission shall be revoked.
  • Applicants who do not have a German university entrance qualification, nor do they have a degree from a German higher education institution, are obliged to submit proof of adequate German language skills.
Provisional admission

If the university entrance qualification for the consecutive Master’s programme (namely the Bachelor’s degree) has not yet been completed, you can apply for the programme with a transcript of records on the basis of at least 150 credit points. This provisional certificate must be issued by an office authorised to award grades or issue certificates. Also a confirmation of the Bachelor's thesis' advisor stating the start of the Bachelor’s thesis and a confirmation of enrolement is requested. If a student is admitted, this will be on a provisional basis.

Mode of admission Admission is not restricted. Students will be directly admitted if the admission requirements are met in full.


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Scholarship

Goethe Goes Global Goethe University offers scholarships for this Master programme. Eligible for application are candidates from all over the world who have obtained a degree from a university outside Germany. For details please click here.


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Applications

Documents to be submitted
  • If you are not already enrolled at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt:
    a university entrance qualification (e.g. A-Levels)
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate
  • if the Bachelor's degree has not yet been completed:
    a transcript of records or equivalent document listing the content of the study programme and average grade
    Confirmation of your Bachelor's thesis' advisor stating the start of the Bachelor’s thesis (Download in the online application portal or here)
    Confirmation of enrolement
  • If you do not have undergraduate degree in mathematics:
    Proof of courses in Analysis, Linear Algebra, Stochastics, numerical and discrete mathematics  and beyond in-depth study in a mathematical area totaling at least 18 CP
  • If the first degree was obtained at an international higher education institution:
    certificate of German language skills  See here for more information about the required German language skills.
  • you may need to submit other documents depending on your country of origin and your previous education; please see the general information about applying for a Master’s degree.
Deadlines for applications

01.05. - 15.08. for the winter semester
01.12. - 15.02. for the summer semester

Address for applications Online application portal for the Master’s programmes  


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