Scientific directors: Prof. Dr. Jochen Mayerl; Prof. Dr. Natascha Zowislo-Grünewald
Organisational communication and social contexts
The area of strategic organisations has an increasing need for professionals, who, in addition to business skills, also have a more in-depth understanding of societal development processes and political as well as economic decision-making mechanisms. Professional internal and external communication is becoming more and more important to ensure the transparency of organisational strategies and decisions. As a result, organisations require professionals, who are able to understand, describe and analyse social structures and organisational communication processes.
The German-language Master's programme is aimed at professionals and executives with leading or consulting roles who are regularly confronted with interdisciplinary issues in the area of social sciences and whose tasks include organisational communication.
Objective and degree
The distance learning programme provides the participants with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the theories and methods applied in social sciences and organisational communication. Students learn to develop, implement and evaluate strategies and concepts concerning of internal and external organisational communication basend on sociopolitical interactions.
Graduates are awarded a diploma from the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, a certificate documenting conferment of the academic degree Master of Arts (M.A.) as well as an English-language Diploma Supplement.
The distance learning programme comprises eleven compulsory modules and compulsory elective modules that focus on, for example
- Theories and methods in organisational communication research,
- Forms and instruments of organisational communication,
- Theories of social science,
- Communication as a management task,
- Sustainability and responsible behaviour of organisations,
- Communication in change processes,
- Methods of empirical social research/data analysis,
- Public Relations.
The application is open to persons with a first degree of at least six semester from any discipline. In addition, evidence of a relevant professional experience of at least one year after the first degree must be provided.
- Access without a first degree
Interested persons without a first degree have the opportunity to qualify for the programme by taking an aptitude test if they have sufficient relevant professional experience.
Schedule and organisation
The distance learning programme in Organisation and Communication has a standard period of study of four semesters (part-time). Mandatory on-campus phases take place once or twice per semester over a (long) weekend in Kaiserslautern.
For the study and examination credits a weekly commitment of about 15 to 20 hours is required. These credits are to be provided in the form of mail-in exercises, online seminars, four on-campus phases (including preparatory tasks), a scientific essay, a case study, a term paper, an online colloquium and the Master's thesis.
At a glance
At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 990 per semester as well as the social contribution of currently EUR 102 per semester. The one-time fee for the Master's thesis is EUR 500. The tuition fees do not include travel and accommodation expenses or meal allowances during the on-campus phases. Only the social contribution is charged in the first and second semester after the end of the standard period of study. Tuition fees are reduced to 30 percent of the original fee as of the third semester exceeding the standard period of study; this does not apply to the Master's thesis fee. The tuition fees are exempted from German VAT and may be tax-deductible if the legal requirements are fulfilled. An instalment payment request is possible.
Subject to change.
The aim of the aptitude test is to determine whether candidates with professional experience but no university degree have comparable skills and knowledge to candidates with a completed undergraduate degree. The application for admission to the aptitude test must be submitted to the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.
Informations on deadlines and requirements will be provided in due time. In addition, please feel free to contact Sabrina Defren (eignungspruefung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de) with any questions.
The distance learning programme's scientific directors are Prof. Dr. Jochen Mayerl (TU Chemnitz) and Prof. Dr. Natascha Zowislo-Grünewald (Bundeswehr University Munich).
The distance learning programme Organisation and Communication is accredited to award the academic degree Master of Arts (M.A.). The agency responsible for the accreditation process is ACQUIN.
Distance learning programmes are basically defined by the fact that students do not physically attend the institution of higher education, instead the institution of higher education comes to them. Both programme organisation and the didactically prepared learning materials are based on the concept of independent learning: the learners are supported in taking personal responsibility for their own learning process by a teaching-learning arrangement that consists of a combination of self-learning materials, on-campus phases and online-based interactions in the online campus. Each programme has an own virtual learning environment within the online campus that accompanies the students for the duration of their course. During the on-campus phases, the students have the opportunity to consolidate and substantiate the self-taught content in the context of practical classes and group work and to further discuss their acquired skills and knowledge in consideration of current issues.
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Sabrina Defren, M.Sc.
Questions concerning application and examination procedures will be answered by the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.