Master’s Program in Mathematics

Why a Master in Mathematics in Business and Economics?

If you are considering a master’s degree in Mathematics in Business and Economics, you will probably have had a lot of contact with mathematics during your studies. In the master’s program, you can deepen your knowledge from the undergraduate program again – or change paths completely, depending on what you feel like doing. The classes are small and the relationship with the professors is very close. In addition, you will attend courses from the Mannheim Master in Management (MMM), one of the most sought-after master’s programs in business administration. Once you have completed the master’s degree, you not only have good job prospects in various fields, but also a good basis for going into research and starting a doctorate at one of the chairs.

Course of studies


The Master’s program in Mathematics in Business and Economics at the University of Mannheim usually lasts four semesters. There are no compulsory courses, but only requirements for the achievement of ECTS points in the individual areas. For example, 16 ECTS points must be earned in general mathematics, covering two of three possible areas. In addition, a specialization must be chosen that covers at least 14 ECTS points. Due to the great freedom of choice, many courses are only offered very irregularly. Therefore, it is best to inform yourself about the course offerings in good time in the medium-term course catalog.
Economics must also be covered with a minimum of 31 ECTS credits, whereby you can choose between two focal points within business administration: Operation Management and Finance.

Module catalog

In the module catalog, you will find an overview of all subjects offered in the Master of Mathematics in Business and Economics at the University of Mannheim. Here you can also find out how many ECTS credits you need in which areas.

Studying abroad

As a student of Mathematics in Business and Economics at the University of Mannheim, you have the opportunity to spend one or two semesters at one of our many partner universities. A stay abroad is not obligatory. The work you do abroad can usually be credited so that your standard period of study is not affected. The application deadlines can also be as early as the beginning of your first semester. If you are interested in a semester abroad, please contact our International Department for advice. You can also find further information and contact details at the International Office.


In the master’s program, you have to take at least two, but you can also take three seminars. You have to take one of them in the area in which you would like to write your Master’s thesis. There are no grades for the seminars, it is just a matter of passing. At our faculty, it is sometimes even possible to suggest topics for seminars that interest us, and in most cases, such a seminar is then offered.

Master’s thesis

At the end of your studies, you will spend six months working on a mathematical topic in your area of specialization, which will be documented in your Master’s thesis. You will discuss the topic with your chosen professor beforehand. It is advisable to approach this professor already in the first semesters since many professors require you to listen to their subjects to be able to complete your master’s thesis with them. During the introduction week, there is a presentation of the professors, where you can get to know the professors and their areas of research. Otherwise, you can find an overview of our professors and their subjects here.

Examination phase

Every semester there are two exam periods. The first exams take place during the two weeks after the lecture period has ended and the second exams in the last week before the start of the new semester.
You are free to choose on which of the dates you would like to take your exams. If you do not pass an exam on the first date, you can retake it on the second date.

Examination regulations

The examination regulations contain everything concerning examinations. Among other things, they provide information on the various forms of examinations and the calculation of grades. The current examination regulations can be found here.

Exam registration

There is a period each semester in which you can register for exams. You will always receive a reminder to your university mail address in time. During this period and until three days before the first date of the exam you can easily register for your exams via Portal².
If you did not pass an exam or have deregistered, you will automatically be registered for the next possible exam date.

Deregistration or withdrawal from an exam

You can deregister from an exam up to three days before the exam date via Portal².
After this deadline or in the case of compulsory registration, a withdrawal from an exam is only possible with a valid reason. You can find more information here. There you can also download a corresponding application and submit it to the Express Service or by mail to your study office.

Retaking an exam

In principle, you can retake a failed exam once. However, you can choose to change the course if you do not feel comfortable with it. The retaking of an already passed exam is not allowed.

Contact persons

If you have further questions that could not be answered on our homepage or the website of our faculty, please feel free to contact us or one of the following contact persons:

• The student council:
• Study programme manager: Sanja Juric
• Contact person in the study office: David Steiner
• Subject advisory service for content related to the degree programme