Religionsphilosophie (Master of Arts)
(Philosophy of Religion)

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

The study programme starts at the beginning of the winterer semester.

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

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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.
  • proof of English language skills (level B2)
  • 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

Provisional admission is possible if at least 80% of the required CP for the bachelor's degree have been completed and the Bachelor's dissertation has been finalised or is about to be submitted. The Bachelor's degree certificate has to be handed in within the first semester in the Master'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 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.
  • APS certificate for applicants from India, Vietnam and PR of China (original)
Deadline for applications

01.04. - 30.06.

Address for applications Online application portal for Master's study programmes

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