The Master's programme School Management

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 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 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.

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 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 assignments, successfully participate in an online seminar, submit a portfolio task, 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 fee 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 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. 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 AQAS.

We are here for you

Eva Glade
Eva-Maria Glade M.A.
Programme Management School Management
+49 (0) 631 205-4934
schulmanagement [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
Susanne Distler
Susanne Distler
Secretary's Office School Management
+49 (0) 631 205-4935
schulmanagement [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de

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