The development of sensitive analytical techniques for the real-time detection of aromatic hydrocarbons (AHs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is of high importance, because of their impact on human health and the environment. A promising approach, regarding to direct determination of (P)AHs in aqueous samples, is resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) coupled to external-membrane introduction mass spectrometry (eMIMS). In eMIMS, analytes are extracted from the water phase into the gas phase, which is supplied to the MS by using an external semipermeable membrane setup. As a result, no laborious enrichment techniques are needed. With REMPI, ions are formed by the subsequent absorption of two photons via an excited molecular state. The unique ionization scheme of REMPI provides selective and sensitive detection of (P)AHs. When combining the capabilities of REMPI and MIMS, direct measurements of sub-mu g/L concentrations of small (polycyclic)aromatic compounds are feasible. In this study, we present an external sheet membrane probe (ESMP) for the determination of selected (polycyclic)aromatic species in water samples by using REMPI time-of-flight mass spectrometry (REMPI-TOFMS). This inlet design shows promising results with respect to the direct analysis of (P)AHs in aquatic environments. With this early stage system, concentrations down to tens of ng/L for selected small (polycyclic)aromatic compounds are accessible within minutes without any sample preparation.