Vivas & Graduation Ceremony

Autumn 2026

The viva (the oral defence of a thesis) is the final examination undergone by participants who have been successful in their class participation and continuous assessments. Following the viva, a graduation ceremony will be held, marking the end of the MESGO journey. After their graduation, participants automatically join the MESGO alumni, a unique network of over 120 sports industry leaders!

Holger Preuss
Prof. Holger Preuss
Professor, Institute of Sport Science, Johannes Gutenberg University – Mainz
MESGO Session Director

“MESGO is a challenging executive master’s programme. It has a perfect mix of academics, who expect work based on sound theory and evidence, and many high-level practitioners, who provide experience and real-life examples and involve the participants in discussions. As a result, MESGO is not about the routine application of common-sense governance knowledge – it is about enabling the current and future leaders of sports organisations to make shrewd decisions driven by critical analysis.”