How to Apply
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How to Apply

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. The online application platform can be accessed here:

The latest application deadline for studying in the MA Development Management programme in Bochum is the 15th of October 2019 (for candidates who wish to apply for a DAAD-EPOS scholarship as well) and, respectively, the 31st of December 2019 (for candidates with other financing options). We strongly recommend to submit your application prior to this latest deadline, as this allows us to perform a preceding check of your application documents concerning their completeness. If a document is missing or incomplete, you might not be able to hand it in anymore in time if the document needs to be provided by a third party institution or organisation.

Please find below further information about programme entry requirements and about required application documents.

Who can apply

The MADM is an interdisciplinary course of study designed for students from all over the world who desire a career in international cooperation and development cooperation. Entry requirements are:
  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in political science, social science, law, economics or geography or in other subjects related to the planning and evaluation of development programmes and projects with a mark of at least "second class, upper division" or its equivalent
  • 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 (DAAD-EPOS scholarship candidates have to prove at least two years' career experience in a relevant field; preference is given to candidates whose employers offer a reintegration guarantee)
  • Minimum certified proficiency in written and spoken English: TOEFL (79-80 iBT equivalent to 213 CBT) or IELTS (Band 6.0)

Please refer to the Examination Regulations of the MA in Development Management for further details.

Required documents

Required documents consist of

compulsory documents according to § 3 (3) of the Examination Regulations of the MADM

  1. Letter of application, describing the motivation of your application
  2. Curriculum Vitae:Please use the europass CV form available at
  3. Certificates:
    • School leaving certificate
    • University certificate(s), showing both the academic title awarded and all single marks (full transcript of records)
    • Language certificate(s), which show the level of proficiency in English (TOEFL or IELTS) and – if applicable – German at the time of the application
    • Evidence of current and – if possible – former employment or any other relevant practical experience. At least evidence for the last two years of professional career shall be provided.
  4. For DAAD-EPOS candidates: The completed DAAD application form
    (scanned version of a filled and signed form; note that – despite being stated in item 10 of this DAAD standard form – it is not required to indicate a research project and/or to attach a research outline. If already applicable, you may indicate a specific field of research interest.)

and additional recommended documents:

  1. Passport size photo
  2. Copy of passport or identity card
  3. Two recommendation letters, one academic and one professional (compulsory for DAAD-EPOS applicants)

Please take care of a good readability of all submitted documents and label the files according to their category (e.g. “letter of motivation”, “CV”, “academic letter of recommendation”, etc.).

MADM: Contact

ThuererDr. Tobias Thürer
Coordinator MADM

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Phone:  +49 (0)234 / 32-22458
Fax: +49 (0)234 / 32-14294