Sozialwissenschaften des Sports (Master of Arts)
(Social Sciences in Sports)

Sozialwissenschaften des sports

Special regulations (due to COVID19) for applications to the Master's programmes

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas

Contents and areas of focus:
The programme of study focusses on advanced training in the social and educational disciplines of sports, which are taught 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.

Reseach Orientation:
The program takes a research-oriented approach, teaching in-depth knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods of empirical social research. This knowledge is directly applied in a research project as well as in the master's thesis.

Occupational field orientation:
The program offers the option of a professional field-specific specialization in the field of sports education, sports sociology or sports psychology. Experiences in possible areas of activity are gathered as part of a professional internship of at least 300 hours.

Sport practice:
The range of courses in the area of social science and methodological specialization is supplemented by an individually selectable range of sports courses.

Key qualifications:
In addition, the teaching of soft skills and freely selectable courses in the optional module prepare students for managerial activities, e.g. in science, organized sports or the education sector.

Structure of the study program:
The degree program comprises 120 CP and is divided into 10 modules. A detailed overview can be found here.

Qualification Profile:
The programme of study leads to the internationally recognized degree "Master of Arts". The degree certificate includes a "Diploma Supplement" that specifies the content and qualifications taught.

With the Master Social Sciences of Sport, you will have both a broad and deep understanding of sport as a significant cultural phenomenon. You will have excellent knowledge of methods of empirical social research and theories of sports education or sociology of sport or sports psychology. You are able to critically and constructively reflect on sports practice. You will also be very well qualified to take on a mediating and advisory capacity in organisations – also on topics other than sport.

Occupational fields:
Completion of the program opens up a wide range of career options. These include employment in sports clubs and sports associations, in sports administrations and sports editorial offices, activities as a commercial and freelance sports provider and sports consultant, as an expert for physical activity programs in all-day schools and, last but not least, as an employee at the university and in other research institutions.

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

Fabienne Ennigkeit

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 (level B2) 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 will take place on July 20th and July 28th 2020.
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 and PR of China (original)
Deadline for applications

01.04. - 01.07.

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

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