Scientific director: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Neuser


Successful management of culture and non-profit-organisations

Cultural and non-profit organisations are caught between the necessity to act economically and their internal corporate objectives, which are generally associated with a public service. This field of tensions requires specific management methods.

Target group

The German-language Master's programme is aimed at professionals who have or desire a management position in cultural, non-profit or media organisations.

Objective and degree

The distance learning programme provides the participants with an introduction to, and the opportunity to scientifically reflect on essential basics, theories and concepts as well as with the opportunity to acquire the required knowledge and skills to successfully manage these types of 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 that focus on, for example

  • Cultural studies and culture management,
  • Media industry, media history and media competence,
  • Marketing,
  • Fundraising,
  • New public management,
  • Business communication,
  • Human resources management and intercultural communication,
  • Culture tourism,
  • Legal basics,
  • Cost accounting,
  • Organisation design and project management,
  • Public finances.

Admission requirements

  • Access with a first degree

The application is open to persons with a first degree of at least six semester from any discipline. In addition, evidence of a qualified 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 Management of Cultural and Non-Profit Organisations 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 six mail-in exercises, create an e-portfolio, conduct a case study, write a term paper, take two examinations and complete the Master's thesis (amongst others).


At a glance

At the moment, the tuition fee is EUR 850 per semester and the social contribution costs 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.

For more information on deadlines or requirements, please click here.

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 Management of Cultural and Non-Profit Organisations is defined in the examination regulation.

The distance learning programme's scientific director is Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Neuser (TU Kaiserslautern).


The distance learning programme Management of Cultural and Non-Profit Organisations 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

Isabel Sorg
Isabel Sorg, M.A.
Programme Management Management of Cultural and Non-Profit Organisations
+49 631 205-4468
mkn [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Annika Bernhard
Annika Bernhard, B.Sc.
Programme Assistance Management of Cultural and Non-Profit Organisations
+49 631 205-5382
mkn [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Programme Assistance Tax Law for Business Operations
+49 631 205-5382
steuerrecht [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Anke Schappert
Anke Schappert
Secretary's Office Management of Cultural and Non-Profit Organisations
+49 631 205-4927
mkn [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de

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