Master of Arts
Development Studies – Online

It aims at professionalizing those already working in development or others for whom an e-learning program seems most fitting. It offers a solid academic base in the field of development studies. Students learn relevant theories that are necessary to critically reflect current practices in the field of humanitarian and development aid. Courses such as project planning, monitoring and evaluation advance students’ practical competencies. Academic competencies taught in the area of research methods and writing skills enable a continuation in a scientific career. Stemming from the diversity of the student body, the specific worth of the program lies in the opportunity to assess international issues through virtual co-learning with professionals from across the globe.


  • Theories of Development
  • Development Industry and Legacy
  • Development Economics
  • Poverty Analysis and Social Protection
  • Global Public Health
  • Religion and Development
  • International Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Methods of Empirical Social Research (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Academic Writing and Rhetoric and Presentation Skills
  • Planning, Management and Evaluation of Development Projects
  • Disaster Management and Response
  • Sustainability, Degrowth and Resource Politics
  • Globalization and Global Governance
  • Migration and Development
  • Gender Intersectionality and Development
  • Land Use, Land Rights and Development
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Research-Oriented Master Thesis

A specialization in an area of concentration is possible.

Application period for online studies:

March 1 – July 31



Start of courses:

winter term: Mid of October







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Dr. Kwaku Arhin-Sam

M.A. B.Ed.
Leiter | Friedensau Institute for Evaluation
Dozent für International Social Sciences

Telefon: +49 (0) 3921-916-144
Fax: +49 (0) 3921-916-201

An der Ihle 5
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Dr. phil. Jill Philine Blau

Leiterin des M.A.-Studiengangs Development Studies – Online for Professionals

Telefon: +49 (0) 3921 916-153

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Prof. Daniel Bendix

Ph.D. (University of Manchester, UK)
Professor für Development Studies
Fachbereich Christliches Sozialwesen

Telefon: +49 (0) 3921 916-203
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201

An der Ihle 5 A
D-39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Ulrike Schultz

Prodekanin Fachbereich Christliches Sozialwesen
Studiengangsleiterin International Social Sciences (Development Studies)
Dozentin für Entwicklungssoziologie und -ökonomie

Telefon: +49 (0) 3921 916-193
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Prof. Dr. phil. Thomas Spiegler

Professor für Soziologie und empirische Sozialforschung
Dekan Fachbereich Christliches Sozialwesen

Telefon: +49 (0) 3921 916-151
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201

An der Ihre 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Dr. phil. Annette Witherspoon

M.A. International Social Sciences
Studiengangsleiterin B.A. International Social Work (EN)

Telefon: 03921 916-137
Fax: 03921 916-201

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor degree in social sciences, humanities or other related fields
  • English proficiency test (e.g. TOEFL) or a Bachelor degree taught in English
  • Experience in development cooperation

Time Frame

  • 6 semesters / 3 years (120 credit points)
  • Intake only in winter semester (October)
  • Application period from March 1 – July 31
  • Courses start in October

Tuition Fees

  • 12.714,00 EUR in total, i. e. 2.119,00 EUR per semester
  • Plus 200,00 EUR registration fee each semester


Please start your application below.


Icon FragezeichenIs this online program and degree accredited?

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The MA Development Studies (part-time) offers the study program of the accredited MA International Social Sciences (Development Studies) as part-time distance learning for students with relevant professional experience.

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It is not possible to accelerate the duration of the study. In case you have studied some similar courses, an accreditation of the courses can be discussed.

Icon FragezeichenDo you offer scholarship for the MA Development study program?

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We do not offer scholarships for our part-time program. However, there is a reduction for the program for early birds.  The Early Bird reduction is for students who have received admission before 31st Jan 2021. Students that register for 2021 will only pay 50% of the tuition fee for first two semesters.

Icon FragezeichenHow is the classroom structured?

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The Master Development Studies is based on a combination of synchronous and asynchronous teaching methods. The synchronous classes are facilitated through the platform zoom.

For the asynchronous teaching, we use the leaning-platform Moodle.

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Students should plan to be available to study between 10–15 hours per week. Most of the studying will be self-paced, but the students should be available for the synchronous session. These will be coordinated depending on the time zones of the students in the program.

Icon FragezeichenHow many students in courses?

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To ensure the quality course delivery, online courses have an enrollment to between 10–25 students.

Icon FragezeichenWhat platforms or systems are used?

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We use Moodle as our learning platform, a virtual portal where students can view the syllabus and grades; contact professors, classmates and support services; access course materials; and monitor their progress on lessons.

This platform is where students find their individual assignments. For each individual assignment, the lecturer gives personal feedback. Forum discussions and other interactive forms where the students get the opportunity to interact complement this.

Most instructors utilize Zoom or Skype for class chats or conference calls.

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In general, students should expect assignments similar to in-class programs, such as research papers and proctored exams in addition to online-specific assignments such as responding to professor-posed questions in a discussion board. Standard assignments include reading the course text and additional materials, active participation in online discussions, quizzes, writing papers etc.

Icon FragezeichenHow much time should I expected this program to entail a week?

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Students are expected to spend 10 to 15 hours a week on coursework. This varies depending on the individuals background and skills. Do not expect your course to be easier just because it is online.

Icon FragezeichenIs the material available online from the beginning till end?

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All obligatory and additional readings are available online during the semester and students will receive virtual access to the universities library.

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Yes, also virtual group assignments are part of the coursework.

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The grading is based on continuous assessment and a final term assessment, which is either in the form of a term paper, a presentation or an oral exam. This varies depending on the course.

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Professors are very accessible and responsive to students. Students and instructors communicate primarily through the platform moodle in online courses. Most instructors also utilize Zoom  for class chats or conference calls.

Icon FragezeichenWhat technology do I need to be successful?

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Students are expected to be confident with their skills regarding standard computer applications for completion of your coursework and have sufficient internet access for a zoom class.

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If you want to apply for this program, please contact Dr. Jill Blau, Head of study program Online MA Development Studies.

Dr. phil. Jill Philine Blau

Telefon: +49 (0) 3921 916-153