Sports Management

Master of Arts

Sportmanagement, M.A.


The interdisciplinary Master of Arts programme Sports Management acquaints the students with the contents of law and economics, psychology, and sports science (sports theory and sports practice).

The programme thus covers terminology, approaches, methods, and findings of sports science as well as law/- economics. The program enables the students to work on research or application-oriented projects in the field of sports management and to develop and work on specific research and development problems at this interface.

Module Handbook

Semester Course and Examination Schedule

Degree Programme Guidelines/Study Regulations

Course Catalogue

Institute for Sport Science

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Degree Master of Arts
Duration 4 Semesters
Language: German
Programme Start winter semester (recommended) and summer semester (possible, but without degree completion guarantee)
Admission Applying with international qualifications (language requirements, application deadlines): International Admission.
Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme are
1. a joint Bachelor’s degree in a field of study combined with sports science from the Technical University of Darmstadt (reference study programme) or in an equivalent Bachelor’s degree in sports science, and basic skills in law and economics. The respective skills of at least 75 CP (sports science) and 20 CP (law and economics) will be examined in the course of a suitability test. If there are any doubts whether the student possesses the required skills, they will be reviewed in an oral exam of a duration of 20 minutes. If the examination of the written records indicates a skill deficit that requires more than 30 CP of coursework to compensate it, the eligibility requirements will be considered not fulfilled.
2. Proof of physical fitness in the form of a medical certificate.
Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here.
Internship practically oriented internship (see degree course scheme); Internship regulations
Part-time Studies possible under specific conditions
Special Features
  • Please note that you have to submit proof of basic courses (sports practice) in a special discipline before you are admitted to the respective advanced courses.
  • Online Self-Assessment for selecting a course of study

While a Bachelor of Arts focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Arts serves to upgrade the qualifications of graduates. The Master’s degree focuses more than the Bachelor’s degree on enabling and requiring students to adopt their own major focus and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile.

For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.

Upon successful completion of a Master of Arts degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the Technical University of Darmstadt or at another national or international university: Ph.D. at Technical University of Darmstadt

Graduates of the Master of Arts programme Sports Management best occupy positions that are located at the interface of the disciplines of law and economics, psychology, and sports science (sports theory and sports practice) or pertain directly to Sports Management. The graduates can find employment in, for instance, mid or high-level management positions. These are positions in the areas of, for example, project management, sponsoring consulting, product management, marketing management or in the field of sports administration (particularly in associations).

Typical employers for graduates of this degree programme are, for example, tourism companies, different agencies (e.g. marketing agencies, event agencies), the media, universities, clubs and associations (e.g. professional associations, state sports associations), sporting goods manufacturers, health and fitness companies, various industrial companies as well as the civil service (e.g. departments of sports).

For this reason it is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.