Social Sciences in Sports (Master of Arts)

Sozialwissenschaften des sports

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas

Contents and areas of focus:
The programme of study focusses on the social and educational-scientific aspects of sports, which are mediated both theoretically and in a practice-oriented manner. This orientation makes this a unique programme of study for sports studies in German-speaking countries. The studies profile encompasses four core areas.

The central emphasis here is on provision of deeper knowledge about both quantitative and qualitative methods for empirical social research. These are supplemented which sports studies relevant reflective knowledge concerning the cultural history, ethics and aesthetics of sports.

Vocational field orientation:
The programme of study offers the option of vocational field specific deepening, either in the field of sport education or sport sociology. Experiences in possible areas of activity are gathered as part of a 300 hours long vocational practical programme.

Sport practice:
The theoretical and methodical study course is supplemented by an individually selectable spectrum of sport skills courses with a deepened character.

Key competences:
Further mediation of soft skills and general study represent preparation for managerial activities, for example in science, organisations, associations or in the education sector.

The programme of study leads to the internationally recognised degree “Master of Arts“. The final examination certificate contains a “Diploma Supplement” which specifies the contents learned and the qualifications gained.

The Master of Arts in the Social Sciences of Sports provides you with both a broad and a deep understanding of sport as an important cultural phenomenon. You will obtain excellent knowledge of the methods of empirical social research and the theories of sports sociology and sports education. You will be extremely competent to reflect upon sports practice in a critical-constructive manner. You will also be very well qualified to take on a mediating and advisory capacity in organisations – also on topics other than sport.

Detailed information

Information from the department
Study regulations


Master of Arts in Social Sciences in Sports


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

Languages of instruction


Start of the programme

The programme starts at the beginning of the winter semester only.

Student advisory service

Dr. Sören Baumgärtner

Institut für Sportwissenschaften
Ginnheimer Landstr. 39
60487 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: +49 (0)69-798-24567


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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • To take the Master’s degree programme students can only be admitted if

1. they have passed the Bachelor examination in a sports studies or a related primary movement-related and/or social sciences subject of study, or

2. they have at least an equivalent degree from a German university or a German polytechnic recognised by the examination committee in the same or a related subject with a standard period of study of at least six semesters, or

3. they have at least an equivalent degree from a foreign university recognised by the examination committee in the same or a related subject with a standard period of study of at least six semesters or three years of study, and

  • the applicant can verify basic knowledge of methods used for empirical social research, adequate command of the English language as well as a suitability for practical sports topics.
  • Proof of English language skills are to be proven by:
    - five years of English lessons at school, or
    - a level 2 UNIcert degree, or
    - a TOEFL test (computer based score of at least 213) or
    - a comparable equivalent certificate 
  • Full information can be found in the study regulations under §7.
  • certificate of health for sport
  • study exposé (20%)
    explaining the reason for wanting to take the course and the envisaged career
    You can find more details here
  • 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.
Provisional admission

Provisional admission is possible on the basis of a current transcript of records; at least 150 credit points in the B.A.; certificates namned in passage 2 to 5 must be submitted; the Bachelor’s thesis must be finished or almost finished, and a report or recommendation by the professor tutoring the B.A. thesis must be submitted.
Provisional admission is valid for 12 months.

Selection procedure  Admission is about a colloquium/selection interviews. The colloquium is expected to take place in the beginning of August. Please save these dates. 
Mode of admission Admission to programme is not restricted.

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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)
  • certificate of the first undergraduate degree
  • transcript of records or equivalent document listing the content of the study programme
  • 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
    - letter of recommendation from your supervisor (Download)
    - proof of current enrollment in the bachelor programme
  • applicants who didn't graduate in a sportscience but in a social sports Bachelor degree:
    German Physical fitness test (min. level bronze) or a trainer licence (B or A-licence) additionally
  • proof of basic empirical social research methods
  • proof of sufficient English language skills (e.g. A-level, UNIcert or TOEFL)
  • up-to-date certificate stating internal and orthopaedic health that is issued by a licensed physician (GP or sports physician) (Download)
  • study exposé (up to 500 words)
  • Declaration of examination claim (Download)
  • applicants who cannot provide a German university entrance qualification or have not taken their first degree at a German higher education institution must prove sufficient German language skills.
  • APS certificate for applicants from Vietnam, China and Mongolia (original)
Deadline for applications

01.04. - 01.07.

Address for applications Online application portal for the Master’s programmes

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