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The "Management of Health and Social Institutions" distance learning Master's degree (held in German)

Qualification for health and social managers

Altered framework conditions are leading to a profound change in the management of health and social institutions. Solutions that enable health managers and/or social managers to cater to the interests of the most diverse of groups are therefore required.

Target group

The two-year, accredited distance learning Master's degree is aimed at university graduates of any discipline with at least one year of professional experience. This course is ideal for specialists and managers at healthcare and social welfare establishments, those looking to assume a management position in this field, as well as graduates keen to work in the field of health and/or social management.

In exceptional cases, applicants for the master distance learning course "Management of Health and Social Insitutions" may also be accepted for the winter term 2012/13, 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 the application process can be found here.

The course is held entirely in German.


The distance learning course has been held by the DISC since 1999 (since 2004 as a distance learning Master's degree) and conveys both the necessary knowledge and the skills needed to successfully manage healthcare and social welfare establishments.

The course concludes with the academic grade "Master of Arts" (MA).

Schedule and organization

The standard course duration for part-time, vocational study, including examination time, is four terms. It is also possible to take a break during the course and then return to complete it. The lectures, exercises and seminars for the "Management of Health and Social Institutions" distance learning degree are provided in the form of written study material developed specifically for distance learning. A weekly commitment of around 20 hours is required to process the material. In addition to this, online seminars are also offered via a learning platform.


On campus events

A compulsory on campus event takes place over a weekend at the end of each term for all participants working towards the "Management of Health and Social Institutions" distance learning degree. These events are held in Kaiserslautern in the first three terms and then at the Witten/Herdecke University in the fourth term. Their goal is to reinforce the course contents within the scope of group work and workshops, discuss questions on the study material and debate the practical implementation of the program content. A written examination is part of every on campus event held in the first three terms. Another, two-day on campus event also takes place in Kaiserslautern at the start of the course.

In certain circumstances and based on a written application, students who are unable to attend the on campus events due to overseas work commitments have the option of taking the written examinations at a Goethe Institute or a German embassy.


Program content

The "Management of Health and Social Institutions" distance learning Master's degree encompasses ten study modules. Among other topics, these modules cover the latest developments in health and social services, the basics of business management, company accounting, basic legal principles, work and organization design, personnel development and staff management, quality management, modern management concepts/instruments and change management. You can find further information, for example on the curriculum and examination regulations, in the download area. This can be accessed at any time via the link in the download box at the top right of the navigation bar.


Authors & modules

The degree course includes the following modules:

Modul Lehrbriefe, Titel Autoren/innen
1. Semester
MGS 0100 Rahmenbedingungen
Aktuelle Entwicklungen im Gesundheits- und Sozialwesen
Vertrags- und Arbeitsrecht
Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Schubert
Dr. Stefan Pabst
Susanne Lier, Dipl.-Ges.wiss. (MPH)
Prof. Dr. jur. Dr. rer. pol. Jürgen Ensthaler
Jun.-Prof. Dr. jur. Dagmar Gesmann-Nuissl
Dr. jur. Martin Stopper
MGS 0200 Betriebswirtschaftliche Grundlagen
Grundbegriffe der Betriebswirtschaft
Instrumente des betrieblichen Rechnungswesens
Prof. Dr. Bernd Frick
Dr. Gunnar Pietzner
Dipl. Kfm. Frank Tolsdorf
Dr. Andreas Wiendl
Dr. Günter Merschbächer
Christian Weiskopf
MGS 0300 Managementkonzepte
Integrierte Managementkonzepte
Informations- und Wissensmanagement
Prof. Dr. Klaus J. Zink
Dr. Walter Steinmetz
Prof. Dr. Roland Gabriel
2. Semester
MGS 0400 Organisation
Arbeits- und Organisationsgestaltung in Gesundheits- und Sozialeinrichtungen
Grundlagen des Prozessmanagements
Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Schubert
Dr. Maria Eberlein-Gonska
Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. J. Schleep
Prof. Dr. Margit Osterloh
Prof. Dr. Jetta Frost
MGS 0500 Vernetzung
Sektorübergreifende Betreuungs- und Versorgungskonzepte
Sektorübergreifendes Fall- und Versorgungsmanagement
Dr. rer. pol. Christina Tophoven
Dipl.-Volkswirt Steffen Bohm
Prof. Dr. PH Michael Ewers MPH
MGS 0600 Personalführung
Anreizsysteme und Vergütungskonzepte
Prof. Dr. Klaus J. Zink
Dr. Christian Ehrlich
Prof. Dr. Bernd Frick
Marcel Battré, M.A.
MGS 0700 Kommunikation und Konfliktmanagement
Kommunikation und Gesprächsführung
Konfliktmanagement in interdisziplinären Kontexten
Dr. Daniela Heisig
Dr. Susanne Klein
3. Semester
MGS 0800 Entwicklung und Veränderung
Change Management
Prinzipien und Methoden des Projektmanagements
Managementinstrumente I
Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Schubert
Dr. Thomas Bäuerle
Dr. Andreas Schmidt
Dr. med. Waltraud Zenz-Aulenbacher
MGS 900 Qualitätsmanagement
Grundlagen des Qualitätsmanagements
Qualitätsmanagement in Gesundheits- und Sozialeinrichtungen
Managementinstrumente II
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Prof. h.c. Tilo Pfeifer
Dr. med. Heidemarie Haeske-Seeberg
Dr. med. Carsten Joh. Leffmann
MGS 1000 Nutzerorientierung
Marketing in Gesundheits- und Sozialeinrichtungen
Nutzerorientierung in Gesundheits- und Sozialeinrichtungen
Prof. Dr. Dieter K. Tscheulin
Dr. Martin Dietrich
Dr.med. Thomas Michael Ruprecht
Dr. Sabine Josat
Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Schubert



All participants in the "Management of Health and Social Institutions" distance learning degree must gain 60 credit points in order to graduate. Records of achievement are required during the course to reach the necessary number of points. These take the form of send-in assignments, successful participation in online seminars, three examinations and submission of a Master's dissertation. Once all assignments and examinations have been successfully completed and a Master's dissertation submitted, the distance learning degree is concluded with the academic title "Master of Arts" (MA). Successful participants will then receive the following documents:

  • Joint certificate of the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern and the Witten/Herdecke University
  • Certificate on awarding of the academic title Master of Arts
  • Diploma supplement (DS) in English



The study fees for the "Management of Health and Social Institutions" distance learning Master's degree are 1,090 Euro per term. Added to this is a social contribution of 102 Euro per term. The one-off fee for the Master's examination is 500 Euro. Starting from the third semester over the regular study time of six semesters, a reduced fee of 30 % of the semester fee is levied. The fee for the master’s thesis is not affected. These study fees cover all costs for the 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 theon campus events. The study fees are not subject to German VAT and are tax-deductible.


Financial Aid

The state can support you in financing your studies with individual tax incentives. Based on your personal rate of taxation and your professional situation, you can for example offset the costs as professional or special expenses. Please get in touch with your local inland revenue office or tax advisor for more information on this. In certain circumstances, the German state can also support you in your professional further training with so-called training and qualification cheques (Bildungs- und Qualifizierungschecks). You can find information on this on the internet, for example at www.bildungspraemie.info.

Employers are often also willing to contribute to the costs of training for their workforce. And low-interest bank loans geared specifically to funding training courses and offered by the state and banks, such as the KfW Development Bank, represent another good option. However, financial support as per the rules of Germany's Social Security Code (SBG III) or Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) is unfortunately not possible.

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



The "Management of Health and Social Institutions" distance learning degree is accredited for the academic title of "Master of Arts". The agency responsible for managing the accreditation process is FIBAA (www.fibaa.de).



You can apply for the "Management of Health and Social Institutions" distance learning degree from mid-May to the end of August of every year. Courses start at the beginning of October.  The documentation is also available for download and submission in a written application. You can access the online application section directly via the links in the "Online Application" info box in the right-hand column.