Covid-19 FAQ for applicants and participants of our programs

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During the current pandemic, the TUM and TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning are committed to monitoring the situation carefully and ensuring our programs meet the changing requirements for a safe and secure learning experience.

For all of our programs, from our Executive MBAs to our portfolio of Certificate and Customized programs, we have moved to provide blended or online learning formats that are tailored to the needs of our participants during the pandemic. We are aware of the importance of networking within our programs, and ensuring the high quality of teaching whether online or in person. As a result, we have designed our blended formats to include regular and close exchange between lecturers and participants, while always meeting safety regulations.

Our Program Managers have prepared a FAQ list on program delivery that you can find below. We hope this answers most of your questions, but if you do have further questions, or indeed would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact us…

Upcoming Intakes

We regularly offer Virtual Info Sessions and are happy to get in touch with you on a one-to-one basis virtually.  Please, check our Events Page for more details. You can also join our mailing list by sending an email to or with this request. Please provide information on which program you are most interested in so that we can ensure the right team member gets back to you.

Our programs will start as planned for the Fall 2021-2022 intakes. Depending on the status of the COVID-19 situation, we will continue to ensure our programs are offered in an online or blended format. For more information on the specific format, please have a look at the individual program webpage. We will support all admitted and enrolled students so that they can join at the start of semester with as little disruption as possible. We hope to see you in person, but will be ready with an alternate digital delivery.

Application & Admission Process

Yes, through our digital application platform you are able to deliver and upload all required documents for the application process. For more information about the application process…

  • For the Executive MBA programs, please have a look at our admission page.
  • For the Master in Management & Innovation, please have a look at our application page.
  • For the Certificate programs, please check the individual webpages of the programs (an overview of all programs can be found here).

For our Executive MBA & Certificate programs, no test scores are required. Your proficiency in English and your study abilities will be assessed during a multi-stage admission process, primarily through the evaluation of your submitted documents and individual admission interview. For our Master in Management & Innovation, proof of proficiency in English through an official certificate (TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge) is required. More information about the Master in Management & Innovation application process can be found here.

TUM will not ask you for certified hard-copies until you have successfully passed the admissions process and are ready for enrollment. For the admission process we are happy to accept a digital copy of your documents.

However, in the event that you obtained your degree outside of the European Union, you’ll need to go through the uni assist verification process, which requires you to submit certified hard-copies. Please find further information below under “I am applying from outside of the European Union, what should I take into account?”.

No, we are currently conducting admissions interviews digitally. Please be sure to test your computer’s audio/video settings in advance and prepare your environment to ensure that the conversation goes smoothly and provides a professional atmosphere for the duration of the interview.

All applicants who obtained their Bachelor’s degree (or first university degree) in a country outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland must apply for a verification document via uni-assist. You can have your documents reviewed by uni-assist at any time of the year, and indeed we strongly recommend you do this well in advance. At peak periods, the uni-assist process can take up to six weeks to complete.

Non-EU applicants must apply vie TUMonline AND uni assist. We recommend that you apply as early as possible to our program and uni-assist to allow enough time for these processes. Please follow our guidance to start with the verification.

Special conditions for certain countries: Applicants from China and Vietnam can view the conditions they need to be aware of here.

Financing Options

For our Executive MBA programs and the Master in Management & Innovation: The tuition fees are invoiced in four installments (once per semester = twice yearly). You only have to pay for the first 6 months when you start the program. Subsequent payments will be invoiced once per semester thereafter. If for unforeseen circumstances you cannot finish the program, you are not obliged to pay for future semesters.

Also helpful to note is that even though the program takes two years to complete, you can opt to extend your studies to three years to finish all required modules and the Master’s Thesis. This gives you additional flexibility.

Please talk to one of our Program Managers for advice regarding your personal situation and contact the Program Managers on the specific Certificate program page for individual payment options.


We recognize the importance of networking and know that the current situation presents some challenges. We are looking at creative ways to address these challenges and are making use of blended formats to enhance networking and enable a digital and on-site exchange. The new situation also provides additional networking opportunities, such as “Mystery Matching” of participants via algorithms, virtual lunch break events or gamification approaches.

Current Situation in Germany

We are committed to keeping pace with regulations and following all the hygiene and social-distancing measures put in place by local and national authorities. It is our priority to ensure that our attendees are safe when attending a module in person or within a blended format. We want to ensure a high quality and safe learning environment and will continue to adapt our measures accordingly, should the COVID-19 situation demand it.

TUM Knowledge Base

We are aware that the need for evidence-based guidance has never been more important than now. As one of Germany’s leading universities, we recognize our role in this and recommend reading our collection of useful, research-based resources:

Here, you will find links to key resources, free content and webinars to help you navigate the current situation. Find out how to lead virtual teams, how to thrive at working from home, and how to keep yourself and your team upbeat.

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