We understand that being denied admission can be a disappointment, and it is reasonable that you want to know the reasons behind the admission board’s decision. Therefore, as time allows, on request you can get the opportunity to get feedback from one of the interviewers. Please understand that the decision of the admission board is final. Due to time constraints, we cannot give feedback on written applications unfortunately.

CDTM has approximately 25 students per class and one class per semester. Our alumni network counts over 900 members.

Of the over 300 applications per semester for the Technology Management program, 60 students are invited to a personal interview. Approximately 25 students of those invited to the personal interview are admitted to the program.

Apply until 30 May 23:59 CET (fall term) for an intake in August and by 30 November 23:59 CET (spring term) for an intake in the following February.

Yes. To ensure that every student can contribute skills from his/her main studies to the program, we require that the student has completed his/her third semester before starting at the CDTM. We consider a semester completed at the end of the lecture period and before the Trend Seminar course starts in the semester break.

You should have at least 10 weeks of work or internship experience (in industry or at university). Students who already have some work experience, during which they applied the knowledge from their studies in practice generally get more out of the program and can better contribute to discussions and tasks.

No. Since it is a core course and attendance is mandatory for the seven-week period, you need to keep this time-period free. Please apply in the following semester if you cannot be present for the full seven weeks. For more information about the course dates, see ‘Program Structure’ below.

No. Please only apply for the semester in which you can start the program and attend the Trend Seminar. Admissions are only valid for the corresponding semester and will not get carried over to the next semester.

Yes. You have to be enrolled at either LMU or TUM (Diploma-, Bachelor- or Master-level study program) to apply for CDTM.

Yes. If you are currently applying at LMU or TUM for a Diploma-, Bachelor- or Master-level study program, you are eligible to apply at CDTM. However, you have to present your acceptance letter and/or certificate of enrollment to the CDTM administration by the start of the new semester. Otherwise, we cannot enroll you in the CDTM add-on study program.

Yes. As long as you can find the time to do the core courses in parallel to your studies or future employment, there is no formal requirement that prevents you from applying. However, you should be aware that the courses MPD and eLab usually require 1.5-2 days of work a week.

While good grades and academic potential certainly play a role in the assessment, candidates can balance their grades with being active in other areas, such as volunteering or working experience.

CDTM has two application deadlines per year (30 May and 30 November). The online application tool is available some months before the next deadline. There is no competitive advantage to applying earlier. An application after the final deadline is not possible as the decision process is well underway.

No. There is no need for a language certificate for the application. However, the application is to be written in English and the whole program is in English. Therefore, good written and oral English skills are expected. We may also conduct part of the personal interviews in English to confirm these skills.

Within the CDTM application process recommendations (from past employers or your university) are not required, but you may bring them to the interview as supporting documents.

Yes, you certainly may. If you feel like you have personally improved (e.g. after a semester abroad or after an interesting internship), you are always welcome to apply again. We recommend you to highlight what you have learned since your last application.

Yes, please include your personal improvements in your second application so we can see your progress since your first application.

No. Due to the current pandemic situation all interviews are taking place virtually.

It is unlikely that an admission committee member would be able to assess your chances for admission without first seeing a completed application. Please instead try to assess the overlap of your personal and professional activities with the core values of the CDTM.

General Criteria

We look for students whose personal characteristics suggest that they will make the most of the opportunities at CDTM, both in academic and non-academic areas. We also seek those whose presence will enhance the experience of other students. Therefore, we value characteristics such as motivation, involvement, interpersonal skills, entrepreneurial aptitude, leadership quality, creativity, analytical skills, and open mindedness.

Desired Qualifications

The admissions committee looks for excellence – applicants with high academic achievements, strong motivation, and leadership potential. High academic potential is normally reflected in excellent academic records. Motivation and leadership is usually shown in relevant experience, your essays, and recommendations.

Formal Criteria

Students have to be registered for a Diploma-, Bachelor- or Master-level studies program at LMU or TUM. Most of the CDTM students come from the fields of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Management. Students of other related fields are also highly encouraged to apply.

You should have completed (or are this term completing) your undergraduate studies (e.g. Vordiplom) and your Abitur (Abitur, A-Level, International Baccalaureate or High School equivalent) with above-average results.

If you are in a Bachelor program (and do not get a Vordiplom) you need to have completed your third semester before starting at the CDTM. We consider a semester completed at the end of the lecture period and before the Trend Seminar course starts in the semester break.

A list of courses offered at the CDTM is available on our curriculum page. In addition to the three core courses, varying electives are offered each semester.

The Trend Seminar is the first core course of the CDTM curriculum and takes place in the last 7 weeks of the semester break following your application. Attendance is mandatory during that time (small exceptions can be made if you e.g. need to leave for some hours to take an exam). If you already know that you are not available at that time, please kindly apply for the following semester. During the week before the Trend Seminar, a Kickoff evening will take place on Tuesday and the Kickoff Weekend from Thursday until Saturday. Please find the dates for the next semester below:

Fall 2021:

  • Pre-Kickoff: 10 August 2021 (start: 6 pm)
  • Kickoff: 12 August 2021 – 14 August 2021
  • Trend Seminar: 16 August 2021 – 01 October 2021

Yes. After you finish the Trend Seminar, you can take a break before MPD or eLab. After your break you can join the students of the subsequent class. However, you can only start eLab once you have finished MPD and you cannot take MPD and eLab in parallel.

A Task Force consists of CDTM students and a member of the Management Team. They work together on certain topics, such as maintaining the IT infrastructure or organizing CDTM events. Every CDTM student is member of at least one Task Force.

There are a variety of Task Forces at the CDTM. They organize events or invite and host speakers, maintain the IT infrastructure, organize the recruiting process or take care of our big Alumni network. If there is an area that interests you, but is not represented through a Task Force, we encourage you to start one.

The CDTM employs a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, case studies, team projects, writings, problem sets, presentations, company visits, guest speakers, and other theoretical and applied teaching methods.

The core courses have approximately 25 students. Often, smaller teams of 4-5 people are formed for some part of the lecture. Elective courses typically have 10-20 students.

The CDTM does not offer a stand-alone master’s program. Rather you will be enrolled in an Honours Degree in Technology Management program which is part of the Elite Network of Bavaria. The program is pursued in parallel to your main studies. Therefore, you have to be enrolled in a regular university program at LMU or TUM in order to apply for CDTM.

Upon completion of the degree requirements, candidates receive an Honours Degree in Technology Management issued by two of Germany’s leading universities, the Technical University Munich (TUM) and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) and supported by the Elite Network of Bavaria.

As CDTM offers an additional Honours Degree complementary to (and not integrated in) your primary studies, credit transfer is restricted, yet possible in some cases.

No, CDTM does not offer any part-time programs.

All degree candidates enrolled in the Technology Management Program complete a required core curriculum (27 credits) in addition to 6 credits of elective courses, 9 credits for a term abroad and 3 credits for their work in a Task Force. The program is tailored to be completed within 4 semesters, but can be extended if you would like to pause the program due to a semester abroad or internship.

Even though you might find yourself working on projects involving cutting-edge technology during your time at CDTM, learning to program a computer is neither a requirement nor a necessity. All projects are designed to be highly interdisciplinary.

You will have to invest about 1.5-2 days a week for the program during the semester. For the first phase (Trend Seminar), i.e. during the semester break, it is a full-time program.

Yes, as long as you can be present during the compulsory lectures, it is up to you to coordinate your main university studies and job. Please keep in mind that the Trend Seminar requires you to be present for almost the whole day during its seven-week duration. In the semesters of MPD and eLab, classes usually meet for 1-2 meetings during the week, where attendance is required.

No, the CDTM is completely free of charge. However, as we know that taking part in the CDTM requires some time and effort from the students, we provide a need-based scholarship. Please find more information about it on our Scholarship page.