Already in 1999, the JGU Central Administration was restructured on the basis of its New Management Model aiming at supporting innovative research. This reform process included the modernization of administrative structures and procedures as well as the restructuring of the faculties in 2005. The national Center for Higher Education (CHE) honored JGU's efforts with its Best Practice award in 2002.
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is organized in ten faculties, the School of Music, and the Mainz Academy of Arts. These are the basic units of JGU. The University Council, the President, and the University Senate are its central administrative bodies.