Sports Science (M.Sc.) – International Sports Management

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Summer semester

Admission restrictions:

Restricted in semesters 1 to 3


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 to 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 C 'International Sports Management'

Profile C, International Sport Management is designed to examine the organization and management of sports in a globalized world. The most important international sport management subjects are 'Sports Events' (such as the World Cup). These are characterized by their international nature and the sports associations see their organization as one of their main tasks. From a commercial perspective, these events can be said to represent a sports microcosm, i.e. all aspects of sports organization come into play in association with such events (human resources management through financing and construction of sport venues, through sport policy and support for top performance athletes). As international sporting events are organized by sports associations, the course will focus on an exploration of the working methods of and the policies pursued by international associations. Graduates of the program have various professional options (e.g. management positions in international sports associations).

The 'International Sports Management' major concentrates on two areas:

  1. One module looks in detail at the commercial aspects of sports events, good governance in the management of sports associations and committees as well as the follow-up evaluation of events (media economics).
  2. The other module focuses on the culturally-related differences in the activities of members of sports organizations. Knowledge and techniques (methodologies) are taught that provide participants with the analytical capacity for independent, problem-solving intervention in international sports organizations. An awareness of and an analysis of cultural differences are important for working together successfully at the international level. Recognizing, accepting and utilizing cultural differences is also an important factor for successful international cooperation.

The special feature of Profile C is that graduates are provided with the best qualification for a career in the international context. Their extensive knowledge, ability to use methods from various disciplines and their awareness of interdisciplinary management, commercial and policy theories means that graduates have a level of expertise and analytical skills that will resist premature obsolescence. At their own choice, participants may also study abroad for a large part of the program. At least a third of the Master’s degree will be taught in English. The courses in English and the study of at least one module abroad will create inter-cultural competency.

This Master’s degree will provide graduates with the opportunity to study for a doctorate in the subject or to undertake research- and application-oriented projects largely independently.

Master entrance requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree (B.A.) in Sports Science or a B.Ed. with the subject combination Sports and Natural Sciences, Sports and Mathematics or Sports and Social Studies, or a B.Sc. in Business Education with a Sports major or an equivalent degree awarded by an institute of higher education in Germany or abroad.

Applicants who have not acquired their university entrance qualification at a German institute of higher education or hold a degree from a program that was not taught in German will need to provide proof of proficiency in the German language at the level of the 'German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (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).