The Master's programme Organisation Development

Scientific directors: Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Rolf Arnold; Dr. Ulrich Erhardt



Supporting organisations

The successful management of change processes represents a growing segment in businesses and other organisations. As a result, scientifically-substantiated competencies in the area of change management mentoring and consulting are becoming increasingly important.

Target group

The German-language Master's programme has a transdisciplinary approach and is aimed at professionals and executives with leading or consulting roles in various organisations who work, for example in management, human resources and organisation development, or business consulting.

Objective and degree

The distance learning programme provides the participants with theoretical and methodological knowledge of organisational research by offering the necessary condition for cometency-acquisition related to organisation design and sustainable changes in organisations.

Graduates of the Master's programme 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.

Programme concept

Programme content

The distance learning programme comprises ten compulsory elective and compulsory modules. These focus on, for example, organisation development at different intervention levels such as

  • Leadership,
  • Communication,
  • Organisation consulting,
  • Strategy development and
  • Innovation management.

Teaching-learning format

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.

Schedule and organisation

The distance learning programme in Organisation Development 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. The written module examinations are completed during mandatory on-campus phases.

A weekly commitment of around 20 hours is required to study the material, complete the mail-in assignments, successfully participate in two online seminars and attend five on-campus events, write an essay and a term paper, take two examinations, and complete the Master's thesis (amongst others).


At a glance

At the moment, students pay a tuition fee of 990 euro per Semester as well as the social fee of currently 102 euro 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 fee 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.

Subject to change.

The Master's and Certificate programmes at the DISC are training programmes. The admission requirements are based on the following legal regulations:

  • the Higher Education Act (Hochschulgesetz) of the respective federal state,
  • the applicable examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung) at the time of enrolment,
  • the enrolment regulations.

The specific admission requirements for the TU Kaiserslautern and this programme can be accessed here.

Professionally qualified persons without a university degree have the opportunity to take an aptitude test under certain requirements.

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.

The online-based part of the aptitude test will take place from 26 March to 8 April 2020. For the verbal part of the aptitude test, two blocks of dates are offered: 8 to 19 June 2020 or 13 to 24 July 2020. Subject to change.

For more information on deadlines or requirements, please click here or contact Karolina Toczynski (eignungspruefung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de).

The distance learning programme starts in the winter semester (October) of every year. Information on the application procedure and deadlines can be accessed here.

The distance learning programme's scientific directors are Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Rolf Arnold (TU Kaiserslautern) and Dr. Ulrich Erhardt (denkmodell).

The distance learning programme Organisation Development is accredited to award the academic degree Master of Arts (M.A.). The agency responsible for the accreditation process is AQAS.

We are here for you

Michelle Kefer
Michelle Kefer M.A.
Programme Management Organisation Development
+49 (0) 631 205-5277
organisationsentwicklung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Programme Management Social Sciences: Organisation and Communication
+49 (0) 631 205-5277
sozialwissenschaften [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Karolina Toczynski
Karolina Toczynski B.A.
Programme Assistance Aptitude Tests
+49 (0) 631 205-5209
eignungspruefung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Laura Wagner
Laura Wagner
Secretary's Office Organisation Development
+49 (0) 631 205-5278
organisationsentwicklung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de

All questions concerning application and examination procedures will be answered by the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.