Sports Science (M.Sc.) – Health Promotion and Sports Therapy

The most important facts at a glance:


Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Summer semester

Admission restrictions:

open admission

(starting from summer semester 2024; subject to the approval of all relevant committees)


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.

Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Sport & Sports Science (B.A.)

Sport (B.Ed.) with the combination of subjects of Sport and a natural science, Sport and Mathematics or Sport and Social Studies.

Business Education (B.Sc.) with the area of concentration of Physcial Education


Department of Sports Science


Faculty 02: Social Sciences, Media and Sports


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz offers a methodologically focused consecutive, research-oriented, Master's degree program in Sport Sciences with two different major specializations: Profile B 'Health Promotion and Sports Therapy' and Profile C' International Sport Management'. Both majors will earn the internationally recognized degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.). The degree program imparts a broad set of fundamental skills that enable participants to develop solutions to subject-specific problems. Course graduates will have a broad and in-depth knowledge of methodology as well as the skills to learn methods which are not directly associated with what currently constitutes the discipline of Sport Science and to appropriately employ these. The core subjects during the first of the two program semesters are the following, regardless of which profile is selected (see modules 1-5): Sports medicine diagnostics, performance assessment of musculoskeletal systems and interacting musculoskeletal systems, social science evaluation and analysis of sports organizations. In scope and complexity, these extend the basic knowledge imparted in the Sports Science Bachelor's degree program offered at our institute. The program semesters three and four are adapted to the major specialization and thus the selected profile (see modules 6-10) Depending on the courses attended, up to 2/3 of the credit points can be earned in the profile-specific phases of the program. A period of study abroad is recommended during the third and/or fourth program semesters.

Profile B 'Health Promotion and Sports Therapy'

In Profile B, 'Health Promotion and Therapy through Sport', program participants gain expertise in the areas of prevention and rehabilitation in the case of lifestyle diseases, sports injuries and selected neurological-psychiatric disorders. They acquire in-depth methodological skills in the design, execution and evaluation of focused, internal medicine, orthopedic, neurological and psychosomatic rehabilitation programs both for various test subjects/patient collectives and individuals. At the core of the program are the promotion of healthy lifestyles, promotion of health-conscious behavior and improvements to lifestyle through healthy sports and sports therapy while demographic changes and the increasing incidence of degenerative and chronic diseases are also taken into account. The expertise and skills acquired through Profile B also enable participants to acquire level 2 LSB licenses in 'Posture and Movement' and 'Cardiovascular Circulation' ('Prevention' sector) and 'Sport in Cardiac Groups ('Rehabilitation' sector). In addition, qualifications obtained through Profile B are credited towards the supplementary qualification of 'Sport and Movement Therapy DVGS'.

Master entrance requirements

Applicants for the master's program M.Sc. in Sports Science with profiles B or C need one of the following:
- a B.A. or B.Sc. in Sports Science
- a B.Ed. in Sports
- a similar degree from a German or foreign higher education institution At least 65 of the credits obtained for this degree should come from subjects related to sports science. Of these 65 credits, 26 should come from subjects related to didactics. This should include four individual and four team sports. Another 28 credits should come from subjects related to the sociology of sports, sports medicine, kinesiology, sports education, sports psychology and statistics.

Applicants who have earned their degree or higher education entrance qualification at an institution where classes were not taught in German must take the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber (German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants), also known as the DSH.

Selection criteria

(subject to the approval of the relevant committees)

The grades of applicants for selection purposes will be calculated using:

    • The average grades for academic performance and examinations weighted by credit points in the previous degree course (at least 135 CP);
      minus (if present)
    • A bonus of 0.3 for members of the A-squad ("Olympiakader") or B-squad ("Perspektivkader") or "Ergänzungskader" (A and B) in a particular sport during the last two years prior to the application (Proof needed)
    • A bonus of 0.3 for relevant professional training
    • A bonus of 0.2 for at least two years of relevant professional experience


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).