Part-time continuing education Master's degree program

Management of social economy enterprises and organisations – Social Leadership (M.A.)

Do you want to work within the field of social entrepreneurship at health and socially-oriented institutions and organisations, both at a management level as well as in research? In this part-time distance learning course, the participants will learn how to effectively tackle current challenges facing these organisations as well as the newest developments, thus actively helping to shape structural change. 

Study course

It is of great importance to help shape the structural change that is so urgently needed for the social system in Germany and to increase the security of care for the population as a whole. The aim is to establish low-threshold and primary community care for all target groups, especially for people that are highly vulnerable. Effective action by public, private and voluntary providers is particularly relevant and requires management knowledge as well as leadership skills at all management levels. The degree program contributes to advancing the professionalisation of the social professions, it aims to provide sustainable career opportunities for employees within the social sector and to make the professional fields involved herein more attractive by attaining competence in new fields of work and activity. 

Advantages, perspectives, focal points

Advantages of our part-time Master's program: 

  • Content focus on social space orientation and the interlinking of community services with inclusive and participatory structures as well as current developments in social media and digitalisation 

  • Acquisition of specialised knowledge based on the latest findings within the field of social entrepreneurship 

  • Building on individual study and practical work experiences 

General information on the study program

Targeted and successful learning using distance learning: 
With the Teams learning platform and its associated learning management system, the distance learning program is clearly structured for the students participating in the degree program and a good learning atmosphere is created, despite the geographic differences in location. This is characterised, among other things, by smaller seminar groups, intensive practical orientation sessions and direct contact with the lecturers as well as fellow students via various communication media. Furthermore, the e-learning team is available to provide support should technical difficulties arise. 

If students are interested, they can also attend other modules outside of this degree program on a voluntary basis. 

Contents and scope

The participants acquire subject-specific and interdisciplinary competences. They will be able to write demanding theory-based papers, such as management concepts and concepts for the relevant institutions, in a self-organised and reflexive manner as managers working for community and social organisations. In addition, they will be prepared to take on leadership positions at all levels as well as dealing with general management tasks. They will be able to integrate their involvement in civil society into their academic professionalism. The participants will reflect on their personal responsibility for social developments and become democratically involved in the diverse public exchange of opinions. 

Program structure

The study program is offered as an online distance learning program with one three-day attendance block (Thursday to Saturday) per semester. The Teams and LMS365 learning platforms are used for the online part of the program. 
The Master's degree program comprises a total of four semesters. 
The modules of the study program build upon one another and leave opportunities open for students to contribute their own suggestions and submit practical cases at any time. 


The program is divided into four focal points: 
1st semester: Research activities and theoretical references 
2nd semester: Core competences 
3rd semester: Innovation and productive appropriation 
4th semester: Self-organisation 

Acquisition of competences

Graduates are, amongst other things, qualified to undertake: 

  • Management activities in the field of health as well as social care of the general population in cooperation with municipalities, political bodies and service providers 

  • Work in the management of health and social services enterprises having the various legal forms and trusteeships as well as larger providers of health services 

  • Research in the areas of health planning, provision and implementation 

  • Advisory work in public, private and church institutions, companies and associations, especially within the sectors of both health and social economy 

Management ZFW


Viola Strittmatter, M.A.

Position Management of ZFW

Working areas Zentrum für Fort- und Weiterbildung (ZFW),  Third Mission

Telephone +49 (0)30 585985 616


Office EHB-Heimat 27, room G 202, 203, 1st floor

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