Philosophy of Religion (Master of Arts)

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas 

The Master’s Program in Philosophy of Religion is open to students holding a bachelor degree (or an equivalent), who intend to specialize in the area of Philosophy of Religion. Focused on research, the program grants a broad academic discussion of questions that are essential to the Philosophy of Religion, thereby proceeding primarily from a systematic, but also from an historic point of view. Phenomena and traditions occurring in the context of religion are reflected upon in terms of philosophical standards of rationality. On the one hand, this process is based on the discussion of central problems of theoretical and practical philosophy. On the other hand, it grounds on an exemplary investigation of topics crucial to theology and religious studies respectively. Thus, the Master’s program shows an interdisciplinary design. Furthermore it is characterized by its claim to consider continental approaches as well as analytic approaches that dominate the philosophical landscape in the Anglo-American world.

In course of its first phase, the Master’s program trains the skill of precise analysis, reconstruction and discussion of concepts and arguments brought forward in the Philosophy of Religion. The second phase of the program highlights the capacity to elaborate and defend a self-contained philosophical position. By teaching these key competences, the Master’s Program prepares its graduates for a broad area of qualified jobs. They fulfill the requirements of professions in university and higher education. At the same time, they have access to non-philosophical jobs in business and public society that demand a conclusive assessment of complex problems raised within an intercultural and multi-religious society.

Detailed information

Information from the department
Study regulations


Master of Arts in Philosophy of Religion 


The standard length of study for the Master of Arts is 4 semesters. 

Languages of instruction

German and English 

Start of the programme

Winter Term

Student advisory service Prof. Dr. Thomas M. Schmidt
Fachbereich 7 - Katholische Theologie
Nobert-Wollheim-Platz 1, Raum 1.512
60323 Frankfurt
Tel.: 069/798-33270

Dr. des. Eva Bucher

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements

Bachelor degree or equivalent first professional degree. In case the major of the Bachelor degree is not Philosophy, basic knowledge in Philosophy has to be proven according §7 (2) of the Examination Regulations.

Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance.

Preliminary admission

Candidates that have not finished their Bachelor Studies to the date of their application have to provide evidence of their Bachelor’s Degree to the Examination Board at the first day of the Master’s Programme. Until that they are admitted on a preliminary basis. In order to attain a preliminary admission, candidates have to provide a certificate of the immatriculation in the respective Bachelor’s Programme as well as a written confirmation of the prospective date of graduation. 

Mode of admission

Admission is not restricted. Students will be directly admitted if the admission requirements are met in full. 

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Documents to be submitted
  • if you are not already enrolled at Goethe-University Frankfurt:
    a university entrance qualification (e.g. A-Levels)
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate
  • if the Bachelor's degree was obtained in another subject:
    proof of basic knowledge in Philosophy
  • if the Bachelor's degree has not yet been completed:
    - a transcript of records or equivalent document listing the content of the study programme and average grade
    - detailed certificate about the status and the expected completion of the bachelor's programme
    - proof of current enrollment in the bachelor programme
  • proof of English language skills (e.g. TOEFL, further information see study regulations)
  • if the first degree was obtained at an international higher education institution:
    certificate of German language skills. See here for more information about the required German language skills.
  • you may need to submit other documents depending on your country of origin and your previous education; please see the general information about applying for a Master’s degree.
Deadline for applications

Applications are accepted from 01.04. until 30.06.

Address for applications Please contact the department

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