The Master's programme Master (Blended Learning) of Evaluation (MABLE)
Scientific director: Adj. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Meyer; Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann
Empirical research methods are applied in the implementation of evaluations in order to obtain information. Systematic processes are performed with the help of disclosed, inter-subjective and verifiable criteria in order to evaluate the use or value of an object, for example a program, and to aid in the decision-making process.
The English-language Master's programme is aimed at professionals and executives in the area of evaluation, at professionals who work on evaluation tasks in organisations, administration or ministries and at independent or self-employed consultants.
Objective and degree
The distance learning programme provides the participants with the opportunity to acquire scientific knowledge and skills in the area of evaluation and monitoring, a necessary requirement for the design, implementation and management of evaluations.
Graduates of the Master's programme are awarded a diploma from Saarland University, a certificate documenting conferment of the academic degree Master of Arts (M.A.) as well as an English-language diploma supplement.
The distance learning programme comprises eight compulsory modules that focus on, for example
- Introduction to evaluation,
- Conducting and managing evaluations,
- Data collection and data analysis methods,
- Economic evaluation and M&E in context of organisations,
- Key qualifications for communication in the field of evaluations,
- Evaluation Design,
- Evaluation of sustainability and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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 Master (Blended Learning) of Evaluation (MABLE) has a standard period of study of four semesters (part-time). Mandatory on campus phases take place in the first two semesters for one week in Saarbrücken. All written module examinations are completed during mandatory on-campus phases.
A weekly commitment of around 15 hours is required to study the material, complete the mail-in assignments, participate in the online seminar, conduct a case study, complete the Master's thesis, et cetera.
At a glance
At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 1,500 per semester as well as the social fee of currently EUR 108 per semester. 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. 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 Saarland University 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 Prüfungsausschuss (examinations board).
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 distance learning programme's scientific directors are Adj. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Meyer (Saarland University) and Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann (Saarland University). The distance learning programme Master (Blended Learning) of Evaluation (MABLE) is taught in cooperation with the Center for Evaluation (Ceval) in Saarbrücken as well as Saarland University's Faculty of Empirical Human Sciences and Economic Science.
The distance learning programme Master (Blended Learning) of Evaluation (MABLE) is accredited to award the academic degree Master of Arts (M.A.). The programme received system accreditation through Saarland University's "UdS-Qualitätspass".