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MADM

The Master of Arts in Development Management


The application period 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) – is open. For more information about application deadlines and requirements, and for accessing the online application platform, please check the information in the "How to Apply" section for the MADM Bochum and MADM Cape Town, respectively.


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:

IEE Hosts Alumni Conference

"Evaluation of Development Interventions
- Current Debates, Methods, and Best Practices -"

As a central part of its alumni activities, the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE; Ruhr-University Bochum) regularly organises alumni conferences in close collaboration with its partner master programmes. Against this background, the IEE hosts a conference from the 5th-8th of November 2019, titled “Evaluation of Development Interventions - Current Debates, Methods, and Best Practices” in Bochum. The conference partners are the MA programme in Development Management (MADM; IEE), the MA programme in International and Development Economics (MIDE; HTW Berlin), the Small Enterprise Promotion and Training Programme (SEPT; University of Leipzig), the MA programme in Development and Governance (Institute of Political Science (IfP); University of Duisburg-Essen), and the MA programme in International Relations and Development Policy (Institute for Development and Peace (INEF); University of Duisburg-Essen).

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New Journal Article by Two MADM Alumni

2019 08 ReviewsGlobalEcoNardos Legesse Beyene, Alumnus of IEE’s MA in Development Management, together with Mulugeta F. Dinbabo, also IEE Alumnus and nowadays Acting Director of the Institute for Social Development, IEE’s partner institution at the University of the Western Cape/South Africa, published an article on

An Empirical Evaluation of the Link between Women Participation in Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia

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MADM student wins MAXQDA Research Grant

2019 07 VanAalstLisa van Aalst, student of the Bochum Programme of Development Management in Cape Town, successfully won the MAXQDA Research Grant for her field research period in India. She will perform her field research for her master thesis research project titled "Collective Action and Access to Justice – A case study of Dalit Women Collectives in rural Uttar Pradesh, India". More information can be found here.

We congratulate Lisa for this award and wish her all the best for her field research.

MADM: Contact

SiebertAnne Siebert
Coordinator MADM

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