Basic requirements for admission to the Master of Science program in Astrophysics
The basis for admission to the Master’s program is proof of a
higher education entrance qualification and a professional University
qualification from a program in physics or astrophysics lasting at
least six semesters.
In particular, the following entrance requirement
an accredited Bachelor’s degree at a University in PHYSICS or Astrophysics!
The candidate cannot have failed the same Master’s program,
or one with comparable content, irrevocably.
In addition to the successful completion of such a Bachelor’s
program, admittance to the Master’s program of study in astrophysics
is further dependent on the successful participation in an
Purpose of the assessment
The purpose of this procedure is to determine whether the
candidate, in addition to the attainment of the first degree, is
suitably qualified to meet the needs of a Master’s course in
The qualifications necessary include
knowledge from a first degree course in PHYSICS or Astrophysics,
in particular in theoretical mechanics, theoretical quantum mechanics,
theoretical electrodynamics, theoretical thermodynamics and statistics,
atomic and molecular physics, nuclear and particle physics,
as well as mathematical-analytical skills and an ability to work
Application for admittance to the assessment procedure
The application for admittance to the assessment procedure must
be submitted to
Subject: Master of Science in Astrophysics
University Observatory Munich
in this case we accept only
a single (!) PDF file with a size of at most 5 MB
– no tar, tgz, zip, or similar files)
by July 15th for the following winter semester
and by January 15th for the following summer semester.
Sending the required documents via mail is
sufficient for the assessment procedure of the Master of Science program in
Astrophysics, but the original documents are required to obtain the
official Acceptance Letter issued by the examination office!
Note that independent of this application to the
assessment procedure, international applicants (for exceptions, see
here) must also contact the International Office (IO) before July 15th for the
following winter semester and before January 15th for the following
summer semester to start the enrollment procedure.
If the application to the assessment procedure was successful,
then in a first step an “unofficial” acceptance letter
is sent by the examination office to the applicants via (e-)mail.
International applicants must forward this letter to the International Office
also via mail.
On basis of this mail sent to the IO, the IO will inform the applicants
on how to proceed further.
The following documents should accompany the application for admittance to
the assessment procedure:
(in German or English)
- a short curriculum vitae, with complete postal and email address;
- a copy of the first degree certificate (if available already) and the
transcript of records
(we are looking for students who have excelled in their undergraduate
physics studies and also have done well in their other studies);
- an essay of at most 1000 words explaining the candidate’s
interest in and abilities pertinent to the study of astrophysics at the
Master’s level, including a description of his/her achievements
in the first degree course
(students with some prior research experience are especially strong candidates);
- applicants whose first degree course was
not taken at a University in a country of the European Union have
to provide verification of their expertise in the form of
“Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores”
in physics or mathematics;
Questionnaire (PDF), provided by the
faculty of physics, completed and signed by the candidate.
Results of the assessment
The assessment procedure will be carried out after the above
mentioned dates by a selection committee of the faculty of physics
and the candidates will be informed – in the first week of March and
August, respectively – of the results in writing.
- International Office (IO):
- With respect to the documents required for the
enrollment procedure at the LMU Munich, international applicants have to contact the
International Office before July 15th for
the following winter semester and before January 15th
for the following summer semester!
- Teaching language:
- In case one of the students is not familiar with the German
language, the teaching language is English!
- Our University provides no Scholarships for Master’s students.
- Overview and Catalogue of the Courses in Astrophysics and Physics:
- Current Teaching
- Applying to LMU Munich:
- University enrollment eligibility (accreditation):
- Normal enrollment for a degree (International Office):
- Online enrollment:
- Enrollment dates:
- Examination Office of the Faculty of Physics (recognition of credits):
- Faculty of Physics (submission of the application for admittance to the assessment procedure):
Contact address for the M.Sc. program in Astrophysics:
Application for admittance to the assessment procedure, and related questions:
Prof. Dr. Joseph Mohr
General questions regarding the M.Sc. in Astrophysics (curriculum, certificates, Master’s thesis, etc.):
Priv.Doz. Dr. Joachim Puls