The Master's programme Systemic Consulting
Scientific directors: Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Rolf Arnold; apl. Prof. Dr. Fritz B. Simon
Systemic concepts in practice
In conjunction with constructivist approaches, systemic concepts, which are based on systems theory have long enjoyed great popularity due to their practical applicability. Nowadays, systemically-oriented consulting can be found alongside traditional fields such as family and educational counselling in many different areas including schools and educational institutions, care and rehabilitations centres, administration, social and case management, pastoral care and organisational consulting.
The German-language Master's programme is aimed at professionals in managing, consulting or organising positions in different areas such as organisational consulting, pastoral care, school or family counselling.
Objective and degree
The distance learning programme provides the participants with the opportunity to acquire knowledge in the areas of professional consulting and support of controllable systems.
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.
The degree programme comprises ten compulsory elective and compulsory modules that focus on, for example
- Theory of social systems,
- Systemic consulting,
- Systemic methods and attitudes,
- Professionalism in consulting.
Distance 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 learnig programme in Systemic Consulting has a standard period of study of five 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 15 to 20 hours is required to study the material, complete the mail-in assignments, successfully participate in two online tutorials, take an examination, submit a portfolio task, write a term paper and complete the Master's thesis (amongst others).
At a glance
At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 1,290 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's scientific directors are Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Rolf Arnold (TU Kaiserslautern) and apl. Prof. Dr. Fritz B. Simon (Witten/Herdecke University). The distance learning programme Systemic Consulting is organised in cooperation with the Carl-Auer Verlag.
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Anne-Line Bodestedt M.A.
Veronika Scheuermann M.A.
Karolina Toczynski B.A.
All questions concerning application and examination procedures will be answered by the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.