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 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 modules and compulsory elective modules. These focus on, for example, organisation development at different intervention levels such as

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

Admission requirements

  • Access with a first degree

The application is open to persons with a first degree from any discipline. In addition, evidence of a relevant professional experience of at least one year after the first degree must be provided. Further information can be found here.

  • 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 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.

A weekly commitment of around 20 hours is required to study the material, complete the mail-in exercises, 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 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 installment payment request is possible, further information can be found here.

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.

The application period for the aptitude test ends on 31st January 2021. The online seminar for the aptitude test will then take place between 7th and 21st April 2021. The related oral examination will take place on a pre-arranged date in the period from 14th to 25th June 2021 or 12th to 23rd July 2021.

For more information on deadlines or requirements, please click here or contact Sabrina Defren (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 legal and organisational framework of Organisation Development is defined in the examination regulation.

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.

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.

We are here for you

Michelle Kefer
Michelle Kefer, M.A.
Programme Management Organisation Development
+49 631 205-5277
organisationsentwicklung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Programme Management Organisation and Communication
+49 631 205-5277
sozialwissenschaften [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Sabrina Defren
Sabrina Defren, M.Sc.
Management Aptitude Tests
+49 631 205-4217
eignungspruefung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Ellen Clemens
Ellen Clemens
Secretary's Office Organisation Development
+49 631 205-5278
organisationsentwicklung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de

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