Scientific directors: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Meyer; Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann
Evaluation is a standard tool used for programme- and project management in a broad variety of fields, particularly in development cooperation. Methods of empirical social research are used to gather the required information on programme performance and impacts and make assessments based on verifiable criteria for decision making on measures to enhance social betterment. Evaluations contribute to making processes transparent, to document effects and to show interrelationships, ultimately facilitate decision-making to improve evidence-based communication between various stakeholders.
The English-language Master's programme is aimed at professionals and executives in the area of evaluation, at professionals who work on evaluation tasks in organisations, administration or ministries and at independent or self-employed consultants.
Objective and degree
The distance learning programme provides the participants with the opportunity to acquire scientific knowledge and skills in the area of evaluation and monitoring, a necessary requirement for the design, implementation and management of evaluations.
Graduates are awarded a diploma from Saarland University, a certificate documenting conferment of the academic degree Master of Arts (M.A.) as well as an English-language Diploma Supplement.
The distance learning programme comprises eight compulsory modules that focus on, for example
- Introduction to evaluation,
- Conducting and managing evaluations,
- Data collection and data analysis methods,
- Economic evaluation and M&E in context of organisations,
- Key qualifications for communication in the field of evaluations,
- Evaluation Design,
- Evaluation of sustainability and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The application is open to persons with a first degree in a related discipline. In addition, evidence of a relevant professional experience of at least one year after the first degree must be provided.
Interested persons without a first degree have the opportunity to qualify for the programme by taking an aptitude test if they have sufficient relevant professional experience.
- Evidence of knowledge
Since the programme is taught in English, sufficient evidence of English language skills must be provided. In addition, knowledge of statistics and methodology must be provided.
You can find legally binding information in the examination regulations of the programme.
Schedule and organisation
The distance learning programme Master (Blended Learning) of Evaluation (MABLE) has a standard period of study of four semesters (part-time). Mandatory on campus phases take place in the first and third semester for one week in Saarbrücken. All written module examinations are completed during mandatory on-campus phases.
A weekly commitment of around 15 hours is required to study the material, complete the mail-in exercises, participate in the online seminar, conduct a case study, complete the Master's thesis (amongst others).
At a glance
At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 1,500 per semester as well as the social contribution of currently EUR 113 per semester. The tuition fees do not include travel and accommodation expenses or meal allowances during the on-campus phases. Only the social contribution is charged in the first semester after the end of the standard period of study. Tuition fees are reduced to 30 percent of the original fee as of the second semester exceeding the standard period of study. The tuition fees are exempted from German VAT and may be tax-deductible if the legal requirements are fulfilled.
Subject to change.
The aim of the aptitude test is to determine whether candidates with professional experience but no university degree have comparable skills and knowledge to candidates with a completed undergraduate degree. The application for admission to the aptitude test must be submitted to the Prüfungsausschuss (examinations board).
Information on deadlines and requirements will be provided in due time.
The distance learning programme starts in the winter semester (October) of every year. Information on the application procedure and deadlines are provided here.
The legal and organisational framework of Master (Blended Learing) of Evaluation (MABLE) is defined in the examination regulations.
The distance learning programme's scientific directors are Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Meyer (Saarland University) and Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann (Saarland University). The distance learning programme Master (Blended Learning) of Evaluation (MABLE) is taught in cooperation with the Center for Evaluation (Ceval) in Saarbrücken as well as Saarland University's Faculty of Empirical Human Sciences and Economic Science.
The distance learning programme Master (Blended Learning) of Evaluation (MABLE) is accredited to award the academic degree Master of Arts (M.A.). The programme received system accreditation through Saarland University's "UdS-Qualitätspass". Information on the accreditation of the study programme is also provided in the database of Akkreditierungsrat (the Accreditation Council).
Distance learning programmes are basically defined by the fact that students do not physically attend the institution of higher education, instead the institution of higher education comes to them. Both programme organisation and the didactically prepared learning materials are based on the concept of independent learning: the learners are supported in taking personal responsibility for their own learning process by a teaching-learning arrangement that consists of a combination of self-learning materials, on-campus phases and online-based interactions in the online campus. Each programme has an own virtual learning environment within the online campus that accompanies the students for the duration of their course. During the on-campus phases, the students have the opportunity to consolidate and substantiate the self-taught content in the context of practical classes and group work and to further discuss their acquired skills and knowledge in consideration of current issues.