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

Sozialwissenschaften des sports

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 only 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
  • Bachelor’s degree in a sports science or a related, primarily movement-related program of study, or a German degree recognized as equivalent in a related field (e.g., social sciences), or a foreign degree recognized as equivalent in the same or a related field
  • (standard study period: at least 6 semesters)
  • Evidence of basic knowledge in empirical social research methods – If lacking in methodological knowledge, the requirement will be given to complete relevant modules from the bachelor's program.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (level B2) through:
    a) five years of English lessons at school, or
    b) UNICert Level II certification, or
    c) Internet-based TOEFL-Test IBT (minimum score of 72), or
    d) IELTS-Test (minimum score of 5.5), or
    e) other proof recognized as equivalent by the examination committee.
  • Medical certificate for sports health
  • Study proposal: information about the motivation for pursuing the program and the intended career perspective
  • Evidence of practical sports suitability (applies only to students who have not completed a sports science bachelor's program with practical components) through:
    a) German Sports Badge (minimum Bronze level), or
    b) currently valid sports coaching or instructor license of level B or higher within the DOSB (German Olympic Sports Confederation) licensing system in a sport governed by a national sports association that is a member of the DOSB
  • 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 if at least 80% of the credits required for the bachelor's degree have been earned. Provisional admission is valid until the end of the first semester of the master’s program. The bachelor’s degree must thus be handed in by March 31 (winter intake) or September 30 (summer intake) the latest.

Selection procedure  To determine the fulfillment of the specific academic prerequisites, an entrance colloquium will be conducted.
Mode of admission

The program is not subject to admission restrictions. Upon meeting all admission requirements, direct admission will be granted. 
The admission requirements are met if the overall grade (degree of special suitability), calculated based on the bachelor's degree (60%), the study proposal (20%), and the entrance colloquium (20%), is at least 3.0.

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Documents to be submitted
  • If you are not already enrolled at Goethe-University Frankfurt:
    copy of your university entrance qualification (e.g., A-Levels)
  • Bachelor's degree certificate with a transcript of records
  • If the Bachelor's degree is not available yet:
    - Transcript of Records or a comparable document listing completed courses and a provisional average grade (issued by the previous university's responsible office for certificate issuance)
    - proof of current enrollment in the bachelor programme
  • Evidence of basic knowledge in empirical social research methods (e.g., through relevant courses listed in the Transcript of Records)
  • For students without a bachelor's degree in sports science with practical components:
    - German Sports Badge (at least Bronze level) or a copy of a sports coaching or instructor license (level B or higher within the DOSB licensing system)
  • Proof of sufficient English language proficiency
  • current medical certificate issued by a licensed physician (GP pr sports physician), confirming internal and orthopaedic sports health (Download)
  • Study proposal (up to 500 words) – Guidelines for creating the study proposal can be found here
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Declaration of examination eligibility (Download)
  • If your first undergraduate degree was not obtained at a German university: Proof of German language proficiency for university admission
  • For applicants from India, Vietnam, and the People's Republic of China: APS certificate (original only)
Application period

01.04. - 01.07.

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

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