Management in Nonprofit-Organisations (M.A.)

Program structure

Structure of the program

The standard period of study of the Management in Nonprofit-Organisations Master’s degree program is four semesters. The study includes three theoretic semesters and concludes with the Master's thesis in the fourth semester.

Competency model

The degree program course plan includes a nine-module comprehensive core offering ("Core Competencies"), which covers the key areas of "Strategic Management in Nonprofit Organisations".

The program is supplemented by two "Special Competencies", which include three modules each. These specializations convey the diverse idiosyncrasies and activities of nonprofit organisations, especially in the specialization of "Development Cooperation".

This Master’s offer is supplemented and rounded off by three modules that convey common skills and knowledge as "General competences".

Elective options from the third semester

In the first semester, you can freely choose an in-depth specialization (the so-called "Special competence II". This consists of three modules. The following four "Special competencies" are offered: Development Cooperation, Change Management, Human Ressources Management or Education Management and Planning in Municipalities.

Master's thesis for graduation

In the fourth semester of the theoretical or practical-oriented Master’s thesis is required for graduation. There is the possibility to write this at the university or at a nonprofit organisation of your choice. With the successful completion of the course, graduates acquire the academic degree "Master of Arts".


Options from the first semester

From the first semester, stundents may choose one of five specializations (also called special competence II) which enables them to acquire specialist expertise over three subsequent semesters. The following five specializations are offered: