Religionswissenschaft (Master of Arts)
(Religious Studies)

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas 

The world of religions is both local and trans-national and has an extremely varied history. Religions influence cultures, identities and lifestyles and often have a say in politics. Religious Studies is a key way of exploring such correlations. It is a discipline that takes an inter-cultural approach to understand the religious phenomena in history and today in a methodologically precise and coherent way. The programme aims to understand general historical and cultural correlations and approaches that enable us to perceive the idiosyncratic nature of religious phenomena. The focus in Frankfurt is on the various methods of empirical cultural studies as well as on working with a hermeneutic approach to religious phenomenology that explores subjective, internal perspectives of religion. 

Detailed information

Information from the department
Study regulations


Master of Arts in Religious Studies 


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

Languages of instruction


Start of the programme

The study programme starts at the beginning of the winter and summer semester. 

Student advisory service

Prof. Catherina Wenzel
Fachbereich 6 - Ev. Theologie
Nobert-Wollheim-Platz 1, IG 1.554
60323 Frankfurt 
Tel. +49 (0) 069/ 798-32755 


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Conditions of admission

  • Admission requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies or related subject, or an equivalent degree
    Possible special requirements set by the examination office (up to 60 CPs from Bachelor’s degree) 
  • Adequate knowledge of the English language to Level B1 according to the Common European Reference Framework for Languages (GER), proofed by:
    -  four years of English lessons at school (the grade for English on the final certificate must be “satisfactory” or higher), or
    -  a level 1 UNIcert degree, or
    -  a TOEFL test (online score of at least 57) or
    - a comparable certificate (niveau B1)
  • 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 even if the student has not yet finished the Bachelor’s degree, under the condition that a transcript of records or equivalent document is submitted and at least 80% of the required CP for the bachelor's degree have been completed. 
Additionally applicants have to provide a proof of enrollment in Bachelor's programme and a detailed certificate about the status and the expected completion of the bachelor's programme.

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 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 Skills
  • 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.
  • APS certificate for applicants from Vietnam and PR of China (original)
Deadline for applications

01.12. - 28.02. for summer semester
01.05. - 15.08. for winter semester

Address for applications Online portal for the Master’s programmes  

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