• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The M.Sc. in Data Analytics and Decision Science (DDS) has been carefully designed to equip ambitious professionals with a STEM background with a distinct set of skills needed to succeed in a digitized and globalized economy.

Data-driven decisions become mission-critical in one vertical after the next. Many professions will face disruptive change, job descriptions will change significantly as data- and algorithm-driven decisions are at the core of creating value for businesses and new jobs will emerge. Tasks currently performed manually or supported by simple approaches will require specialized knowledge in Data Analytics and Decision Science, machine learning and optimization techniques in the future.

The M.Sc. degree  in Data Analytics and Decision Science (DDS) granted by RWTH Aachen University in  Germany will also enable you to pursue an academic career and continue studying towards a PhD in fields such as data analytics, machine learning & artificial intelligence, operations research and engineering.

Whichever way you want to follow after graduation: Our dedicated team of experts in the career and entrepreneurship centers will accompany you on that journey and help you decide how to best realize your ambitions, be it an exciting new job or starting your own business. We seek to place our graduates in global technology blue chips, hidden technology champions, leading technology consultancies and fast-growing technology ventures. The Entrepreneurship Center at RWTH Aachen University also has a long track record of supporting innovative startups by our graduates – between 70 to 100 every year.

Career fields

  • Retail & Value Chain Management
  • Industry & Production
  • Transportation & Mobility
  • Energy & Climate 

Further application areas can be found in:

  • Marketing (e.g. ad placement, SEO optimization, marketing campaign optimization, ...)
  • Health care (e.g. personalized medicine, automated diagnostics, ...)
    • Finance & Insurance (e.g. predictive underwriting, fraud detection, tariff optimisation, ...)
    • Politics & public sector
    • Agriculture 
    • Sustainability & Smart Living
    • Sports
    • Education


    RWTH Aachen is ranked number one in the field of Statistics & Operational Research in Germany by the QS World University Ranking.

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:
    • Statistics and Mathematics
    • Algorithms and Data Structure
    • Predictive Modeling
    • Machine Learning
    • Exact Optimization: Modeling
    • Exact optimization: Algorithms
    • Heuristic Optimization
    • Optimization Project
    • Data Science Project
    • Engineering, Culture and Society
    • Digital Work: Challenges and Solutions

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • More details:

      Applications open from 3rd December. 

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 24 months
      • Duration description

        4 semesters full-time, including 1 semester Master thesis

    • Credits
      120 ECTS
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus
    • More information Go to the programme website

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    General Requirements

    RWTH Business School is looking for applicants who have a background in a technological area and at least a Bachelor’s of Engineering or Science degree in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

    Applicants need:

    • at least 125 credit points in mathematics and/or natural sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry, computer science or similar;
    • a minimum of 15 credit points in the fields of higher mathematics or statistics, database and information systems, programming, algorithms and data structures, complexity theory, quantitative methods/operations research.

    Work Experience

    At least 1 year(s) of work experience are required.

    Applicants need to have at least 12 months of professional work experience.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      15000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 30000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
    • EU/EEA

      15000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 30000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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    + social contribution fee at RWTH Aachen approx. 280 € per semester

    Living costs for Aachen

    • 813 - 1140 EUR/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


    There are several scholarship opportunities available for international students. We highly recommend that students start searching for an appropriate scholarship as soon as possible. Please find below some possible starting points that will help you search for a suitable scholarship:

    • The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) offers a scholarship database on its website with a broad variety of scholarship programs for international students. Please visit their website to find more information on these programs.
    • RWTH Database: RWTH Aachen University also offers a scholarship database

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