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Master of Evaluation

Qualification

Apply now till January and start your distance online course in April 2018!

The Blended Learning Master of Evaluation Program aims at developing and strengthening evaluation and monitoring capacities within the government, private sector and civil society, with regard to enhancing the performance of state administration and of public services delivery.

The following qualifications are necessary to access the Blended Learning Master of Evaluation (MABLE):
I. University Degree (Bachelor, Diploma) or equivalent
II. Relevant work experience(At least one year after your primary university degree).
III. 20 ECTS (about 300hrs.) points in Statistics and Social Research Methods.
IV. English skills Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Level B1, TOEFL CBT: 213, TOEFL PBT: 550, IELTS: 6.0, CPE: C
If you do not have a university degree, but can claim more significant work experience, you can access an introductory qualification test.


Target group

The two-year blended learning program is designed for three general target groups:

1. The “Blended Learning Master of Evaluation” (MABLE) is especially designed for graduates of social science study programs, but also appropriate for students of other subjects (Bachelor degree level).

2. The course enables extra-occupational studies especially for freelancers and self-employed evaluators. The modular course structure and the self-learning options make MABLE a good choice for experienced evaluators who want to enhance or deepen their knowledge in specific areas.

3. MABLE is not only for evaluators, but also for the people who commission evaluations and want to gain new insights into the field of evaluation. Many aspects of the program are directed towards people who have to conduct evaluations on behalf of donor organizations, administrative agencies, or government ministries and intended to provide the tools and guidelines to assist in the completion of their tasks.

This course is taught entirely in English.


Objective

The aim of the two-year “Blended Learning Master of Evaluation” (MABLE) Program is to develop and strengthen the evaluation and monitoring capacities of government, private sector, and social organizations with a view to improving the performance of state administrations and the delivery of public services.


Schedule and organization

The standard course duration for part-time, vocational study including examinations is four semesters. It is also possible to take a break during the course and then return to complete it. The lectures, exercises, and seminars of the "Blended Learning Master of Evaluation" (MABLE) are specially developed for distance learning and self-study and are provided in the form of online study material (SCORM packages, audio, video, and pdf files). Additionally, online lectures and tutorials are provided for clarification and discussion. Two classroom seminar weeks, one at the beginning and one after the second semester, help to transfer knowledge in a more interactive and personal way. During the online phase, a weekly commitment of around 15 hours is required to process the material. 

On campus events

Compulsory on campus events takes place at the beginning of the first and the end of the second term for all participants working towards the MABLE master's degree. Each of these on campus meetings lasts one week. The goal of these events is to reinforce the course content through interactive exchange with the lecturer, group work, and workshops. Discussion topics based on the study material and practical implementation of program content are also featured. A written examination forms part of the on campus event held at the end of the 2nd term. 


Program content

The master program consists of five parts: a coursework part including self-learning by reading the SCORM package and additional materials (books, papers, scripts etc.), f2f learning in presence phases, tutored and non-tutored online learning, a case study group work project and, finally, a master thesis. All parts are compulsory to all students. The core blended learning master course will consist of eight modules. 

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Authors & modules

Module Title, SCORM-package Learning Material (ECTS) Work Load Authors
M01 Introduction to Evaluation (5 ECTS) 20h SCORM
40h teaching
40h self-study
25h examination
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann
M02 Conducting and Managing Evaluations (5 ECTS) 20h SCORM
32h teaching
8h self-study
25h examination
Freya Gassmann & Dr. Vera Hennefeld
M03 Evaluation Design (5 ECTS) 20h SCORM
32h teaching
45h self-study
25h examination
Adj. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Meyer
M04 Data Collection Methods in the Field of Evaluation (5 ECTS) 20h SCORM
65h teaching
15h self-study
25h examination
Prof. Dr. Dieter Filsinger & Dr. Christoph Müller
M05 Data Analysis Methods in the Field of Evaluation (5 ECTS) 20h SCORM
25h teaching
55h self-study
25h examination
Prof. Dr. Dieter Filsinger & Dr. Christoph Müller
M06 Economic Evaluation and M&E in context of organizations (5 ECTS) 20h SCORM
25h teaching
55h self-study
25h examination
Prof. Dr. Petra Riemer-Hommel & Adj. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Meyer
M07 Key Communication Qualifications in the Field of Evaluation (5 ECTS) 20h SCORM
36h teaching
44h self-study
25h examination
Wolfgang Vogt
M08a Evaluation of Sustainability and SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) (5 ECTS) 20h SCORM
30h teaching
50h self-study
25h examination
Adj. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Meyer
P01 Evaluation Case Study (5 ECTS) 125h Students
MT Master Thesis (15 ECTS) 325h Student

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Examinations

The grading is primarily determined on the basis of student performance during the blended learning process. Generally, the idea is to include all activities during the process. The grading system honors attendance and participation as well as individual and group work, the results of exams, quizzes, homework, and other assignments during online and f2f seminars.

The grading system for the eight models distinguishes four different forms of testing:

  • Oral Presentations (both individual and in groups, f2f, or online)
  • Written Exam (individual, f2f, or online)
  • Assignments (both individual and in groups, e.g. writing an essay)
  • Active participation (individual attendance of f2f seminars and online access activities like chats, forums, etc.)

Assignments, exams, and presentations are equally weighted. All three parts must be successfully completed to achieve the MABLE. There is one key testing activity for each module (for details see here), but others are also included as defined by the lecturer and published on the study program platform at the beginning of each semester. The time for preparation and completion of the exams should not exceed 25 hours.

According to European laws, oral exams may vary between 15 and 60 minutes, while the written exams are allowed to range between 60 and 180 minutes. This decision is left to the lecturer and most guidance suggests the duration should be kept in the middle of this range (i.e., 30-45 minutes for oral, 90-120 minutes for written exams).

The compulsory scope of the Blended learning Master of Evaluation (MABLE) course requires a total of 60 credit points or, a student workload of about 1,500 hours. The required credit points can be earned through submitted assignments, the successful participation in online activities and exams, one case study, 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 graduation from the program is certified by the following documents:

  • Diploma from the University of Saarland
  • Degree certificate for the academic degree Master of Arts
  • Diploma supplement (DS)

 

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Costs

The study fees Blended Learning Master of Evaluation (MABLE) are EUR 1.500,- per term., plus the mandatory social services fee of currently EUR 98 per term. These study fees cover all costs for the digital teaching material, participation in the on campus events, term exams and all administration expenses. However, they do not include any travel, accommodation or meal costs for the on campus events. The study fees are exempted from German VAT and are tax-deductible.

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Financial Aid

No special scholarships are currently available, however, several opportunities exist for students to apply for financial support from private and public foundations. In Germany, the most common opportunity is the German Exchange Service. Many international organizations also offer financial support to citizens from many foreign countries, depending on your country of origin.

Furthermore, you can check for support opportunities in your own country. The German government, for instance, supports German citizens with individual tax incentives. Based on your personal rate of taxation and your professional situation, for example, you may be able to offset the costs as professional or special expenses. Get in touch with your local inland revenue office or tax advisor for more information. In certain cases, the state governments can also support your adult education and vocational training through the program called “Education and Training Grants” (Bildungs- und Qualifizierungschecks) sponsored by the ESF. You can find more information about this on the internet, for example, at www.bildungspraemie.info

Employers are often also willing to contribute to the costs of training their workforce. Low-interest bank loans geared specifically to funding training courses are offered by the government and another good option you can check into are banks, such as the KfW Development Bank. Unfortunately, the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) does not apply to this program according to the rules of Germany's Social Security Code (SBG III).

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

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Accreditation

The Blended Learning Master of Evaluation (MABLE) program is accredited with the academic title of "Master of Arts". Saarland University manages the accreditation process and is an accredited institution www.uni-saarland.de/info/universitaet/portraet/im-fokus/sysakkr.html.

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Application

For upcoming summer semester (2018) the application period for enrollment in the Blended Learning Master of Evaluation (MABLE) is from now until January 15th 2018. The course will begin in April 2018. 

Apply now till January and start your distance online course in April 2018!