Mathematics (M.Sc.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.

Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2

Winter semester: April 1 - September 1

Summer semester: October 1 - March 1

Required Bachelor's degree:

Mathematics (B.Sc.)


Department of Mathematics


Faculty 08: Department of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

Mathematics is not only a time-honored science, the history of which goes back more than 2500 years, but is now, more than ever, a lively and productive field of research. Mathematics is omnipresent in the modern information society. New computer chips are produced according to mathematical models. Without Mathematics, complex processes in social systems and in taxation systems are inconceivable. Mathematicians advise companies on complex business decisions.

The mathematics course at Mainz University covers fields of pure and applied mathematics and distinguishes itself by an abundance of specialization possibilities, which guarantee a balanced mixture of practical and intellectual depth.

Pure Mathematics deals with abstract structures and their relationships. Applied Mathematics makes such relationships usable in natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, and economics. Mathematics students can also engage themselves in Computer Science (see subject description) or the History of Mathematics and Natural sciences, which is a special feature at the University of Mainz.

Following on from the Bachelor in Mathematics, the Master's program offers students the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge, as well as the ability to independently work out scientific principles and apply scientific methods and knowledge.

The program will appeal to mathematically talented students who want to be at the cutting edge of research and pursue professional work in industry, business, science or administration, to a similar level and character as traditional graduate mathematicians.

Master entrance requirements

Proof of a Bachelor's diploma in Mathematics (with a minimum grade of "satisfactory") or an equivalent diploma from a university in Germany or abroad; at least two-thirds of the study qualifications (a minimum of 80 credit points) must be in Mathematics courses.

Proof of a minimum of 27 credit points successfully completed within the Bachelor’s degree in the chosen minor field of study (for proof, the applicant must submit an additional form with the application documents. You can find the additional form in the checklist at the end of the online application). If the applicant provides proof of a minimum of 12 weekly credit hours or 18 credit points, the applicant may enroll provided they obtain the required proof no later than the end of the first year of study. If proof is not provided to the Examination Committee within the deadline specified, the student will usually no longer be allowed to continue their program. In addition, if the above criteria have not been fulfilled, the Examination Committee may decide, in well-founded individual cases, that the candidate has adequate previous training. If need be, the Committee must determine which additional study qualifications the candidate must still provide for sufficient qualification. Where necessary, a qualifying examination may be deemed necessary. The modalities for this are determined by the Examination Committee in time for each semester. The same procedure can apply if a candidate provides proof of an appropriate qualification in a Computer Science degree program.

Students are required to have sufficient active and passive languages skills to read specialist literature in English and participate in courses taught in English; this does not include producing written course work and exam qualifications in the English language unless otherwise specified in this ordinance. (Proof is not required).

Proof of proficiency in the German language to the level of the "German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)" is required for foreign applicants from non-German-speaking countries.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).