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The Master of Arts in Development Management

The application period for the MADM Bochum intake 2024-26 has started in January 2023. Details are provided in the ‘How to apply’ section MADM Bochum

Since mid-2000, the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy offers an international English-language Master Programme in Development Management at the Ruhr-University in Bochum. Since May 2002, the programme has also been offered at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa; originally as part of the DAAD initiative "German Programmes of Study Abroad" and now as part of the DAAD funded "South African - German Centre for Development Research". The duration of each programme cycle is three semesters (18 months). For each intake, around 30 students are accepted.

The following links and pages explain the aims and objectives of our MA programme, its organisational and formal requirements, and details addressing frequently asked questions:

Our Aim

The aim of the 18-month MA in Development Management is the training of professionals to meet the increasing need for experts in programme and project management that has emerged in international development cooperation. The course provides the student with the necessary tools to deal with the practical problems of managing development programmes and projects: an introduction to theory for embedding them in a wider context, an interdisciplinary approach to methodology based on case studies for concrete analysis and the application of theoretical and methodological knowledge.

Entry Requirements

  • BA or relevant degree in political science, social science, law, economics or geography or in other subjects related to the planning and evaluation of development programmes and projects
  • Certified experience related to the management of development programs and projects, either practical work experience of more than four weeks or academic experience in research and teaching at an institution of higher education; for DAAD-EPOS applicants at least two years' career experience in a relevant field is required; preference is given to candidates whose employers offer a reintegration guarantee
  • Demonstrated knowledge of spoken and written English (TOEFL 79- 80 internet based (equivalent to 213 computer based or 550 written) or IELTS: band 6)

Practical Relevance

An important question often posed by potential students and applicants is, "What can I gain as additional qualification from this MA Programme?" Besides the academic qualifications we are imparting and teaching, one main characteristic of our programme is its practical relevance. This starts with the internship, which is arranged by the institute, complemented with continuous career counselling, establishment of a scientific network within the institute through alumni management, and the integrated PhD in International Development Studies. The IEE proudly states that over 85% of our MADM graduates are now working as professionals in the field of development cooperation.

Training of Intercultural Competence

Through participation in the MADM students will strengthen their intercultural competence. Intercultural skills are trained during an optional weekend seminar Intercultural Communication and Teambuilding at the beginning of the programme and throughout the whole study period through ongoing work within a student group, typically coming from more than 20 countries of the world per batch.

Our Partner in Cape Town

Starting in mid-2000, the IEE has been offering its international MA in Development Management in cooperation with the Institute for Social Development (ISD) and the School of Government (SoG) at the University of the Western Cape. This is the first time that a German MA in Development Management is available in South Africa.

More Information

For more information on the MADM please visit the following sections:

If you still have any questions feel free to contact us directly!

The MA in Development Management has been accredited for the fourth time by AQAS in 2021. The accreditation period is 1 October 2021 - 30 September 2029

News and Announcements:

MADM students as authors and editors at D+C/E+Z

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We would like to raise attention to the new articles of our MADM students and alumni in the magazine Development + Cooperation / Entwicklung + Zusammenarbeit.

D+C/E+Z magazine is a forum for international debate and is keen on contributions from around the world. In particular, authors from developing countries and emerging markets share  their views in a monthly digital and print edition. D+C/E+Z is furthermore one of IEE's internship partners for MADM students and has hosted several interns during the last years with many remaining true to D+C/E+Z.

So please have a look at MADM student Prince Thompson’s from Ghana first article “Through Nigeria’s presidential election was a mess, the news for ECOWAS was rather good” and MADM alumnus Ronald Ssegujja Ssekandi’s from Uganda article “Girls with tools: innovative approaches to vocational training in Uganda” in the digital edition as well as Ronald Ssegujja Ssekandi’s article “The new Africa strategy of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development” and MADM alumna Pamela Cruz’s from Mexico article “Mexico wants to prevent teenage pregnancies – and sex education helps to make it happen” in April’s print edition.

Keep up the good work of contributing to the global debate of development and cooperation.

Welcome to MADM 2022 intake

MADM 2022 group welcomeOn 5 September 2022, the new Bochum group of MA in Development Management students started their studies. For the formal opening and the opening of the 2022 summer school the students of the MADM at UWC also arrived at the IEE.

During the next 4 weeks both groups will follow a Summer School programme which includes coursework in Statistical Methods, a trip to Berlin, a weekend seminar Intercultural Communication and Teambuilding, and sessions with external experts representing German organisations working in the field of development cooperation.

Extraordinary DAAD Scholarship Opportunity for Students Fleeing the War in Ukraine

The MA in Development Management at Ruhr University Bochum is one of the programmes included in the recently published extraordinary DAAD call for scholarship applications. The Master Scholarship Programme for students from the Ukraine as well as from countries of the DAC list fleeing the war in Ukraine to continue/complete their studies in Development-Related Postgraduate Courses is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

(Update: Application deadline for eligible applicants was 30 June 2022.)

The full call for applications is available here.

Information regarding application requirements of the MA in Development Management and the documents to be submitted are available here.

MADM: Contact

SiebertDr. Anne Siebert
Coordinator MADM

Leonie Grunau
Contact Person MADM

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Phone:  +49 (0)234 / 32-19024
Fax: +49 (0)234 / 32-14294