Institut für Diakoniewissenschaft und DiakonieManagement • Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel

Bethelweg 8 • 33617 Bielefeld • Tel. 0521 144-3948 • E-Mail:

M.A. Diaconic Management (international)

Profile of the Program

Efficient Diaconic Management needs integrative thinking of theological and economic dimensions. In collaboration with the United Evangelical Mission (UEM), Wuppertal (Head office), an English version of the MA-curriculum has been developed and internationally organized. Relevant topics of Business Administration/ Economics, Theology and Ethics are taught in each paradigm and are interrelated. Conceptual basis is the New St. Gallen Managementmodel.

After successful studies students are rewarded the title Master of Arts (MA) in the accredited program.


Structure of the Program

The program contains 60 ECTS and is part time for a group of max. 15 students. It is taught in three continents. The program starts in Europe (Protestant University Wuppertal/Bethel, Institute for Diaconic Science and Diaconic Management), continues in South Africa (Stellenbosch University), The Philippines (Silliman University, Dumaguete City), Tanzania (Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU), Lushoto) and ends in Europe (Protestant University Wuppertal/Bethel, Institute for Diaconic Science and Diaconic Management). Each section is taught during four to five weeks and starts with regional field research.

IDM and UEM are organizing the program and all related services mutually.



Professors for Theology, Ethics, Economics and Management from partner universities as well as qualified executives are teaching. Intercultural and interdisciplinary learning corresponding to the diversity of the group enrich the pedagogic basis.



During the first sections three written papers have to be produced. The first three modules end with an oral exam. After the last section you write your master thesis (six months), related to your professional field. A final comprehensive oral exam and the defense of your master thesis qualifies for the academic title.


Costs and Admission Requirements

The fees for studying and exams are € 14.400,-. You need a qualified degree for minimum 180 ECTS in the areas like Economics, Social Sciences, Social Work, Theology, Medicine, Law, etc. You need three years  of professional  leadership experience.


Applications and Application form

Students, deriving from the fields of theology, social work, economics and other relevant fields are suggested by UEM-member churches. The first group for the two year program started in 2011, the second in 2013.

The next course is expected to start in 2021. Applications are handled via UEM/ Center for Mission and Diaconia, Bethel.

Please contact Prof. Büscher for more information.



Francis Yao Amaglo (46) Pastor/Sociologist

„We are good both at preach­ing and at pastoral work, but we still lack a fair share of knowhow in diaconia.“

„I have come to learn about management, and the roles and responsibilities of lead­ers.“ Many projects are said to have taken off on a good start only to collapse a few years later. He feels reassured and en­couraged by the course: “I have gained in confidence and faith, and have acquired many new skills, and in particular strategies. That is very inspiring.“


Beratung und Kontakt

Prof. Dr. Martin Büscher

Tel.: 0521 144 - 26 17


The next course starts: winter term 2021.


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Institut für Diakoniewissenschaft und DiakonieManagement

Bethelweg 8 • 33617 Bielefeld • Tel. 0521 144-3948 • E-Mail