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MADM

The Master of Arts in Development Management


The application deadline for the 2020-22 intake of the MA in Development Management – both for studying at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa) as well at the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) – expired. Selection results will be communicated until end of January for the MADM in Cape Town and until end of February for the MADM in 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, up to 25 students are accepted in Bochum and up to 20 students in Cape Town.

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 third time by AQAS in 2015. The accreditation is valid until 2021.

News and Announcements:

MADM Students of the Bochum Group Graduated

On Friday, 21st of February, 13 candidates from the Bochum group of the MA in Development Management programme received their graduation certificates after having successfully defended their Master thesis during the week.

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Congratulations to all of you and welcome to the IEE Alumni family!

Call for Applications - Alumni Conference 2020

"Implementing the SDGs – Practical Challenges, Creative Solutions and Best Practices for Knowledge Transfer and Policy Learning"

This year’s conference will take place from 27th to 30th of July in Berlin and is hosted by the Master’s in International and Development Economics (MIDE) at HTW Berlin and organized in collaboration with the Small Enterprise Promotion and Training Programme (SEPT; University of Leipzig), and IEE’s MA in Development Management Programme. The conference is financially supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Foreign Office (AA). Selected participants who are international alumni of the cooperating institutions therefore have the opportunity to get financial support for travel and accommodation costs.

The deadline for application at HTW Berlin is 9 March 2020. Further details regarding the application procedure are available here (PDF).

MADM Alumnus Eduardo Galindo Avilo at IEE

We are happy to welcome Eduardo back at the IEE - he was one of the students in the very first MADM intake (2000-2002). He is originally from Bolivia and currently visiting the institute for a short teaching period. The DAAD is funding his stay.

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In Bolivia, he is the Chief of Staff of the Minister of Development Planning and Professor for Sustainable Development at the Private University of Bolivia.

MADM: Contact

SiebertDr. Anne Siebert
Coordinator MADM

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