International Degree Course in Diakonie Management (MA)

The international and interdisciplinary course combines topics of management, business administration, personnel management and business ethics with the theological foundations of diaconal action. It enables students to exercise leadership functions in diaconia and its institutions economically, ethically and competently.



Matthias Börner
Head of International Diaconia
Grete-Reich-Weg 9
Bielefeld , 33617 Germany
+49 (0)521 144-4524
Godwin Ampony
Coordinator International Diaconia
Grete-Reich-Weg 9
Bielefeld , 33617 Germany
+49 (0)521 / 144-4526
Gunda Steffen-Gaus
Assistant International Diaconia
Grete-Reich-Weg 9
D-Bielefeld , 33617
phone: +49 (0)521 / 144-4522

International study course for diaconic management (MA)

Since 2011, the VEM, together with the Institute for Diaconal Studies and Diaconia Management of the Wuppertal/Bethel Religious University and in cooperation with universities in Indonesia, South Africa, Tanzania and the Philippines, has been offering a 120 CP accredited programme. The English-language course of study teaches professional competence for teaching and leadership tasks in the diaconal field. The interdisciplinary structure of theology and economics, the close connection of practice and theory in changing intercultural contexts enables academically demanding as well as practice-oriented competencies: Management, business administration, personnel management and corporate ethics as well as theological foundations of deaconry and the history of deaconry are taught in five attendance modules. The individual modules take place at the universities of the cooperation partners in Germany, Indonesia, South Africa, Tanzania and the Philippines.

New, 4th course starts  

The new, fourth course of study will begin in October 2018 with an expected 14 students at the Theological College in Jakarta. In addition to participants from Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Congo, South Africa and Tanzania, students from Germany are participating for the first time. Modules:

Section I - STT Jakarta, Indonesia: 1.10.-26.10.2018
Section II - Silliman University, Philippines: 14.01-15.02.2019
Section III - Stellenbosch University, South Africa: 29.04.-24.05.2019
Section IV - Tumaini Dar es Saalam Collage, Tanzania: 09.09.-11.10.2019
Master Thesis Module: 1.11.2019-30.4.2020
Section V - University of Wuppertal-Bethel, Germany: 13.01.-12.02.2020
Examina and Graduation, Bielefeld-Bethel: 31.08.-18.09.2020

Application documents for the fifth course are expected to be available for download on this page from August 2020.


Institut für Diakoniewissenschaft und DiakonieManagemnt (IDM), Theological University Bethel/Wuppertal,

STT Jakarta (Indonesia)

Silliman University (Philippines)

Theological University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)

TUDARCo (Tanzania)

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