The Faculty of Mathematics and Economics – Who are we?

The Faculty of Mathematics and Economics at Ulm University comprises 16 institutes: 7 in the Department of Mathematics and 9 in the Department of Economics.

36 full-time professorships, eight honorary (part-time) professorships, and numerous other full-time and part-time lecturers offer a wide variety of teaching and research topics. Around 400 students successfully complete their studies with us each year.

Mathematics programmes 

We are one of Germany’s largest educational institutions in the discipline of mathematics. Our successful programmes include the interdisciplinary bachelor’s/master’s programmes in Mathematics and Management, which are very popular with both students and companies and integrate the most important components of the subjects of mathematics, management and economics, and computer science. The career prospects and reputation of Ulm’s WiMas, as they are known, have continued to enjoy an excellent reputation for many years.

Alongside the classic education in the bachelor’s/master’s degree programmes in mathematics and a teaching degree in mathematics, since 2010 we have been offering three new programmes. In addition to basic education in mathematics and computer science, the bachelor’s/master’s study programmes in Mathematical Biometry mainly focus on teaching in-depth knowledge of statistics and life sciences (biology and medicine), opening up interesting career opportunities for students, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry and clinical research.

The Computational Science and Engineering programme, launched in the winter semester 2011/2012, deals with interdisciplinary computer-based mathematical modelling and simulation of problems, primarily from the areas of natural sciences and engineering. This study programme can be completed as a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree and is offered in cooperation with Ulm University of Applied Sciences.

Our master’s study programme Mathematical Data Science started in winter semester 2021/2022. Data science is about data, analysing data, recognizing patterns in data and understanding data.

In the winter semester 2024/2025 we are expanding our Master's degree program with business informatics.

Management and Economics

Our very successful concept of the study programme in Management and Economics, which is a six-pillar concept, comprises the core economic disciplines of business administration and macroeconomics, along with the subjects of mathematics, computer science and business law. We also provide language training and the teaching of additional key qualifications.

A fundamental feature of the programme is its quantitative orientation and the consistent utilisation of the strengths resulting from the interaction with mathematics. In addition, the range of topics covered includes behavioural economics, sustainable corporate management and tax law.

Our Management and Economics study programme regularly achieves excellent results in the prestigious CHE rankings (Centre for Higher Education).

Interesting additional qualifications in Mathematics and Management and Economics

One of the special aspects of our study programmes is the crediting of coursework towards professional examinations: During their studies, students of Mathematics and Management can already take all those sections of the German Association of Actuaries (DAV) examinations available to be taken as part of a university course.

In the Bachelor’s study programme in Management and Economics, students in the “13b Bachelor” study programme have the opportunity to take exams that can be credited toward the German Chartered Accountant (Wirtschaftsprüfer) exam.

At the point where mathematics intersects with management and economics, our central research focus is on the field of financial services and related mathematical methodologies, an area that particularly benefits from the close integration of mathematics with economics, and one in which our faculty has earned a very good reputation throughout Germany over the past decades. In a research ranking by the German Economic Review, we are ranked second among all universities in the German-speaking world in the area of finance, and we have received 16 research awards in the area of insurance over the past five years.

Our research specialisation Mathematical Foundations of Science and Technology includes in particular the state graduate research programme “Mathematical Analysis of Evolution, Information and Complexity” and establishes interdisciplinary links to computer science, physics and electrical engineering. In the equally interdisciplinary Scientific Computing Centre Ulm (UZWR), research topics such as efficient numerical or stochastic simulation in the areas of flows, strength and structure are addressed, as are optimisation and data mining.

Our third field of research, Quantitative Economics, deals with the quantitative foundations of economic decisions in profit and non-profit organisations, with a particular focus on research activities in the field of risk management and, on this basis, sustainability research. Working with various Medicine and Psychology departments, we investigate modern behavioural issues in economics and management. For a comprehensive overview of this research field, please consult the topic dossier “Risk Management and Insurance. Analysis – Assessment – Decision.”

The School of Advanced Professional Studies (SAPS)offersmaster's programmes for working professionalsas continuing education. You also have the option to select individual modules of the master's programmes as courses that lead to a recognised certificate(Zertifikatskursein order to specialise in a particular area.
We offer interesting additional qualifications in the area of economics and business analytics. read more

We maintain close contact with our alumni, who are organised within an alumni association, Studium und Praxis e.V.  With the interesting events and diverse activities offered by our alumni association, we actively promote mutual contact between graduates and students, successfully supporting them in their career planning.

Our faculty is well connected: Our annual career day, WiMa-Kongress, offers an attractive forum for professional contacts for both companies and students. We are also closely linked to the Ulm Forum for Economic Sciences[RL1]  (UFW) e.V., which comprises representatives of auditing and accounting firms, tax consultancies and companies in the region. In addition, we maintain close contact with the Institute for Financial and Actuarial Sciences (ifa), an independent consulting firm for actuarial consulting. Our participation in the International Performance Research Institute (IPRI), a non-profit research institute in the field of business administration, reinforces our controlling expertise in particular.

A reflection of our good contacts with the business community and in the region can be seen in our endowed professorships: the Ludwig Erhard Chair on Economic Policy; the Werner Kress Chair on Strategic Management and Finance; the Chair on Sustainable Knowledge, Sustainable Education and Sustainable Economics; and the Junior Professorship in Actuarial Science.



Faculty Board

Helmholtzstrasse 18
89081 Ulm
Email: mawi.dekanat(at)
Tel.: +49 (0)731/50-23500
Fax: +49 (0)731/50-23610

Faculty Council - Deans of Studies - Examination boards at the department of Mathematics and Economy - Licensing Committees - Promotion/Habitilation read more

The quality of the education we provide is fuelled by our commitment to research that is visible on an international scale. To fund our basic research, we have access to basic funding financed by taxes, and we build on successful research proposals submitted to research societies which are also funded by taxes. To fund the accompanying application-oriented research, which is particularly important for uniting research and teaching, we rely on the support of our alumni, friends and sponsors from the private sector. This also applies to events intended to promote the exchange between the university, companies and society; the equipment of the library; the WiMa Kongress career day or projects that intend to lead to research proposals. read more

The Economic Advisory Board was founded in 2004. Its members are successful and renowned representatives of large and medium-sized enterprises from different sectors, all of whom have studied at the Faculty of Mathematics and Economics or have a particular connection to the Faculty. read more

The student councils of the Department of Mathematics including Computational Science and Engineering and the Department of Business and Economics