Scientific directors: Prof. em. Dr. Hans Günter Rolff; Prof. Dr. Mandy Schiefner-Rohs


School management tasks

Societal and political changes lead to ever increasing challenges and new areas of responsibility in the school and education sector. A specific characteristic of development are the changing roles of school management, teachers, pedagogical staff as well as school administrators and professionals in organisation management.

Target group

The German-language Master's programme is aimed at professionals who already work in school management as well as at teachers and pedagogical staff who aspire to leading positions in schools, school administration or other educational institutions.

Objective and degree

The distance learning programme provides the participants with the opportunity to acquire knowledge in the areas of school development processes, organisational, personnel and classroom development as well as establishment of quality management standards and processes.

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 14 compulsory modules and compulsory elective modules that focus on, for example

  • Pedagogical leadership,
  • Personnel and change management,
  • Team development and cooperation,
  • Communication,
  • Marketing,
  • Budgeting and controlling,
  • Educational policies,
  • School legislation,
  • Quality, evaluation and inclusion.

Admission requirements

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 School Management 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. All 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 exercises, successfully participate in an online seminar, submit a case study, take an examination, write a term paper and complete the Master's thesis (amongst others).


At a glance

At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 790 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 starts in the winter semester (October) of every year. Informations on the application procedure and deadlines will be provided in due time.

The legal and organisational framework of School Management is defined in the examination regulation.

The distance learning programme's scientific directors are Prof. em. Dr. Hans Günter Rolff (TU Dortmund) and Prof. Dr. Mandy Schiefner-Rohs (TU Kaiserslautern). The distance learning programme School Management is organised in cooperation with the educational institution of the German Red Cross in Rhineland-Palatinate.

The distance learning programme School Management 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.

We are here for you

Eva Glade
Dr. Eva-Maria Glade
Programme Management School Management
+49 631 205-4934
schulmanagement [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Programme Management Management of Digital Education Processes
+49 631 205-4934
mdb [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
Verena Vollmer
Verena Vollmer
Programme Assistance Aptitude Tests
+49 631 205-5209
eignungspruefung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Susanne Distler
Susanne Distler
Secretary's Office School Management
+49 631 205-4935
schulmanagement [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Secretary's Office Management of Digital Education Processes
+49 631 205-4935
mdb [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de

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