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Management, Ethics and Innovation in the Non-Profit Sector – Diaconal Leadership and Governance

Degree: Master of Arts
Application: mandatory
Course commences: winter semester only
Standard course duration: 5 semesters
Format options: career-integrated only
Language requirements: none
Language of instruction: German
Other features: postgraduate / continuing education
Study fees: EUR 1,830 per semester

Theologische Fakultät, Faculty of Theology, Institute of Diaconal Studies

Course outline

The course supplies students with the skills required for an academically sound leadership style, alongside general theological and ethical perspectives for their professional activity, and a grounding in the structures of social aid provision encountered in the subsidiary and welfare-oriented sectors of assistance systems run by the state. The choice between the compulsory-elective modules “Academic Innovation and Project-Related Research” and “Organisational Management in Social Contexts” enables students to select a study emphasis in line with their inclinations. In the in-depth modules geared to organisational and personality development, these skills are supplemented at an individual level in accordance with the students’ professional biographies.

Course structure

  1. I. Foundation course in Diaconal Studies
    1. central theological and ethical issues
    2. history and forms of welfare activity
    3. basic legal issues and leadership competence
    4. interdisciplinary study and research competence
  2. II. Elective focus: “Organisational Management in Social Contexts” (compulsory-elective)
    1. essentials of stakeholder management
    2. management of external stakeholders
    3. management of internal stakeholders
    4. practicalities of stakeholder management
  3. III. Elective focus: “Social Innovation and Project-Related Research” (compulsory-elective)
    1. research and innovation
    2. social work and social change
    3. innovation and strategic management
    4. shaping and managing organisations
  4. IV. Intensive-study semester on Leadership and Leader Personality
    1. leadership and governance responsibility from a theological and ethical perspective
    2. leadership and leader personality
    3. M.A. thesis

Main research interests

diaconal studies, organisation management, innovation management, leadership, social economy, non-profit leadership

Formal requirements


Access to the course is restricted. The current Admission Regulations are available here.

Applications must be addressed to the Institute of Diaconal Studies.

Application deadline

1 July for the winter semester

Further information

Current information on application procedure

Study and examination regulations

Examination regulations M.A. (15 August 2013)

Module Handbook

Please click here to find the latest Module Handbook.

Examinations board

Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.


The tuition fee is EUR 1,830 per semester. Students are also required to pay a contribution to Student Services and an administration fee.

Academic advisor

Coordination Office
Karlstraße 16
D-69117 Heidelberg
Thelephone conversation by appointment
phone: +49 (0)6221 548157
fax: +49 (0)6221 548155


Institute of Diaconal Studies
Heidelberg University
Karlstraße 16
D-69117 Heidelberg

Secretaries' office

phone: +49 (0)6221 543336
fax: +49 (0)6221 543380


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