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The "Systemic Consulting" distance learning Master's degree (held in German)

Systems thinking and management based on scientific knowledge

A variety of highly capable systems approaches are already used in many fields of application and some are being implemented with ever wider acceptance in Human Resource Management, in areas like consulting, coaching, and project management. The "Systemic Consulting" master’s degree program teaches scientifically based knowledge and skills in the area of systems thinking and management.


Target group

This program is designed for university graduates with at least one year of relevant work experience and has a duration of two and a half years. The course follows an interdisciplinary approach and is especially appropriate for specialists and managers with leadership, consulting, or organizational responsibilities such as executive officers and managers, personnel and organizational developers as well as business consultants or persons aspiring to such positions.

In exceptional cases, applicants for the master distance learning course "Systemic Consulting" may also be accepted for the winter term 2013/14, who have relevant work experience but have not graduated for a university. These applicants must prove relevant professional work experience and have to pass an aptitude test. More information about this test (conducted in German) can be found here.

This course is held entirely in German.


Objective

The distance learning program applies systems theory approaches to professional consulting and support of non-controllable systems. Additionally, it develops and expands systems management skills on the basis of scientific research.
The "Systemic Consulting" course culminates in a "Master of Arts" (M.A.) degree.


Schedule and organization

The standard course duration as a part time, vocational study program, including exam time, is five terms. It is possible to interrupt the standard program. The lectures, exercises, and seminars in the "Systemic Consulting" program are conveyed by means of written course lessons, especially developed for use in distance learning. Additionally, there are also seminars for selected courses provided via an online learning platform. Approximately 15 to 20 hours per week is required in order to complete the coursework and examinations. Further information about the application process can be found here.

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On campus events

All participants in the "Systemic Consulting" distance learning program are required to attend a compulsory event on campus at the end of each term. This event broadens the course content in terms of group projects and workshops, allows questions concerning the course materials to be raised, and provides a forum where practical applications of the course content can be discussed. A written examination is part of the compulsory event in the first term. A choice of two different dates is offered for each compulsory event.

If a student is unable to attend the event due to a professional commitment abroad, under some circumstances, it may be possible to substitute another performance in lieu of attending the required session.

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Program content

The "Systemic Consulting" distance learning master program consists of 10 course modules. Included among other topics are the areas of systems theory, consulting, methods, quality assurance, leadership, continuing education, change management, organizational consulting. The authors of the current course modules, which consist of several studies or course lessons, are well known, respected experts in the field of systemic consulting. More information, for example, about the class schedules or the exam policy is available in the download area, which can always be reached from the link in the download box in the navigation bar at the upper right.

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Authors & modules

The degree course includes the following modules:

Modul Lehrbriefe, Titel Autoren/innen
SB 0100 SB 0110: Soziale Systeme
SB 0120: Systemtypen und -differenzierungen
Apl. Prof. Fritz B. Simon
SB 0200 SB 0210: Ablauf von Beratung
SB 0220: Vergleich mit anderen Beratungsansätze
Mag. Joana Krizanits
Prof. Dr. Christiane Griese/Dr. Kristin Pataki
SB 0300 SB 0310: Systemisches Denken und Handeln
SB 0320: Die Systemik der Fremd- und Selbststeuerung des Lernens
Prof. Dr. Fritz Simon
Dr. Annette Gebauer
Prof Dr. Rolf Arnold
SB 0400 SB 0410: Systemische Fragetechniken
SB 0420: Methoden der Intervention in sozialen Systemen
Mag. Joana Krizanits
Prof. Dr. Arist von Schlippe
Prof. Dr. Jochen Schweitzer
SB 0500 SB 0510: (Un)möglichkeit der Intervention
SB 0520: Führungsstile und ihre systemische Wirkungen
SB 0530: Systemische Führung
Prof. Dr. Helmut Willke
Dr. Bernhard Krusche
Prof. Dr. Rolf Arnold
SB 0600 SB 0610: Evaluation und Qualitätssicherung
SB 0620: Kollegiale Beratung und Supervision
PD Dr. W. Meyer
Prof. Dr. Rolf Arnold
SB 0700 SB 0710: Organisations- und Unternehmensberatung
SB 0720: Formen von Organisationen und ihre Besonderheiten
SB 0730: Spezielle Methoden der Organisationsberatung
Dr. Christoph Kolbeck
Dr. S. Rabbe
Prof. Dr. G. Hönn
Prof. Dr. M. Elbe
SB 0800 SB 0810: Bildungsberatung: Felder, Modelle und Finanzierungen
SB 0820: Kompetenzen: erfassen, bilanzieren und entwickeln
Prof Dr. Rolf Arnold
Prof. Dr. Wiltrud Gieseke
Prof. Dr. Christine Zeuner
Dipl.-Psych. Anna von Behr
Prof. Dr. John Erpenbeck
Prof. Dr. Werner Sauter
SB 0900 SB 0910: Strategieentwicklung, Lernen und Wissensmanagement in Organisationen
SB 0920: Ansätze organisationalen Lernens
apl.-Prof. Dr. Rudolf Wimmer
Dr. Annette Gebauer
Dr. Thomas Schumacher
Dr. Sven Grote
Dr. Ulrich Erhardt
Laurens Lauer
SB 1000 Wahlpflicht Modul (Teil 1 & 2) Modulkombinationen sind frei wählbar
SB - 1A: Management von Kultur- und Non-Profit-Organisationen
SB - 1B: Interkulturelles
SB - 1C: Personalentwicklung
SB - 1D: Erwachsenenbildung
SB - 1E: Organisationsentwicklung
Änderungen vorbehalten
* = in Vorbereitung

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Examinations

The total compulsory scope of the "Systemic Consulting" distance learning master program consists of 90 credit points or 2250 student workload hours. The requirements for earning credit points are: a performance record in the form of submitted assignments, the successful participation in at least one online seminar, portfolio work, a written exam, and a master thesis paper. After all coursework and examinations have been completed as well as a review of the master thesis, the distance learning program concludes with the granting of the academic degree "Master of Arts" (M.A.). The successful conclusion of the program is certified by the following documents:

  • Diploma from TU Kaiserslautern
  • Degree certificate for the academic degree Master of Arts
  • Diploma supplement (DS) in English

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Costs

The study fee for the "Systemic Consulting" distance learning program is 1290 Euros per term, plus the social fee of 101 Euros per term. A one-time payment in the amount of 500 Euros is required for master's examination. The study fees cover all costs for the course materials and postage, the participation at the compulsory sessions, the term examinations, and the administrative expenses. This does not include the travel, accommodation and meal expenses associated with the compulsory events. Starting from the third semester over the regular study time, a reduced fee of 30 % of the semester fee is levied. The fee for the master’s thesis is not affected. The study fees are not subject to the German value added tax and are tax deductible.

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Financial Aid

Financial support is available from the government by means of individual tax incentives. Depending on your individual tax bracket and employment situation, you can claim the costs as professional or special expenses. Discuss this with your local tax office or tax advisor. In some circumstances, the German Federal and state governments promote continuing professional education with so called training and education checks. Information about this is provided online, for example, at: www.bildungspraemie.info.

Employers are often willing to share the costs of additional skills qualification measures for their employees. You may also consider the low interest education loans offered by the federal and state governments as well as some banks, like the KfW Development Bank. Unfortunately, financial support based on Book III of the German Social Code (SBG III) or the Federal Training and Education Assistance Act (BAföG) is not possible.

We would be happy to speak with you about funding options, either on the telephone or in person.

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Accreditation

The "Systemic Consulting" distance learning degree is accredited with the academic title of "Master of Arts". The agency responsible for managing the accreditation process is FIBAA (www.fibaa.de).

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Application

The application period for "Systematic Consulting," a limited enrollment distance learning degree from mid-May to mid-July of every year. The courses begin in early October. The form for a written application is also available for download online. You may also apply online by using the link in the info box at the right of the screen.