Campus Rheinland | Campus Hamm/Münster
Applied Sustainability Management M.Sc.

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • 3 Semesters
  • on campus
  • 90 ECTS
  • multiple locations
  • New
  • Job/family compatible

Do you want to learn in-depth knowledge of sustainability science and thus contribute to a future-oriented society? Then apply now for your Master's degree in Applied Sustainability Management M.Sc.

  • German / English
  • summer and winter semester
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Your course content
What you will learn

The topic of sustainability has now become the guiding concept of social change. As a result, all sectors of the economy are changing, and companies are increasingly looking for sustainability specialists in a wide range of areas. The new future-oriented Applied Sustainability Management M.Sc. program includes technical, methodological, social and personal competencies of sustainability, transformation processes as well as corporate governance and compliance for these growing challenges in companies. 

Specifically, you will learn: 

  • Design transformation processes for sustainable social development and manage their implementation.
  • Analyze and evaluate structures and processes with regard to social, ecological and economic aspects.
  • Identify, discuss and implement the political, economic and social impacts, conflicts and potential solutions to sustainability challenges.

Classroom sessions are held every 3 weeks during the semester as block courses. In addition, teaching sessions are held twice a week in the evening (approx. 6:00 - 8:00 pm).

The Applied Sustainability Management M.Sc. program provides you with sound theoretical and practice-oriented knowledge of sustainability research from the disciplines of ecology, economics and sociology and deals, among other things, with the question of how the topic of sustainability can change our world. In the 2nd semester, you can freely specialize and deepen your knowledge alongside sustainability science. Topics such as renewable energies, urban agriculture, sustainable fashion, fair supply chains, but also sustainable health management and many more are at the forefront of your knowledge acquisition. In the 3rd semester of your master's program, selected disciplines of social transformation will also be taught with regard to an international orientation.

The master's program has the following main content areas:

  • Sustainability concepts
  • Ethical and socio-political aspects of sustainability in corporate management processes
  • Sustainable supply chains and SCM, transformation of the self, society and corporate processes
  • In-depth focus (elective modules) in the area of: technology, food business, energies, clinics, etc.

Your career prospects
Our innovative approach that pays off

You want to acquire knowledge to improve society and the environment sustainably and to shape transformation processes for a sustainable one? Then the Applied Sustainability Management M.Sc. program is just right for you! We qualify you to analyse and evaluate structures and processes with regard to social, ecological and economic aspects. You will be able to assume social responsibility and use your acquired skills to identify and implement political, economic and social impacts, conflicts and potential solutions to the challenge of sustainability. You will be able to work in diverse areas of sustainability necessary to analyze and optimize complex systems and implement new solutions. During your studies, theoretical aspects are therefore on the same level as competence development and project work.

The study program prepares you extensively for the following fields of activity:

  • Sustainability management and transformation processes
  • Strategic management
  • Innovation management
  • and project management.
  • The master's degree Applied Sustainability Management M.Sc. also entitles you to a doctorate and thus to a professional qualification for an academic career.

You can work in the following professional fields/industries after graduation, among others:

  • Large companies, SMEs in various sectors (fashion, food, water and energy supply, construction, logistics (SCM), industry, etc.). 
  • Educational institutions 
  • Insurance companies
  • Marketing companies
  • Service companies, consulting companies 
  • Customer Srvice Management

The following curriculum / study plan is for orientation - deviations are possible Your curriculum

3 Semester 90 ECTS
1. Semester

Sustainability - The Basics | Sustainable Business and Governance | Psychological and Social Transformation

  • Sustainability and Sustainable Development Goals 3
  • Ethics & Social Sciences 4
  • Environmental Protection 3
  • Sustainable Business Development   4
  • Sustainable Business: Data Analysis and Models  3
  • Sustainable Strategic Management: Concepts and Perspectives   3
  • Human Behavior, Transformation and Communication 3
  • Global Eco-Social Problems 4
  • Personal Competences   3
2. Semester

Transformation of Ecosystems | Areas of Sustainability 1 | Areas of Sustainability 2

  • Ecological Impact Of Climate Change 4
  • Environmental Technology 3
  • Environmental Law 3
  • Select two electives from the following courses in the "Areas of Sustainability I" module 10
  • Fair Trade (elective modul 1) 5
  • Renewable Energy Systems (elective modul 2) 5
  • Sustainable Agriculture (elective modul 3) 5
  • Green Fashion (elective modul 4) 5
  • Sustainable Health Management (elective modul 5) 5
  • Select two electives from the following courses in the "Areas of Sustainability II" module. 10
  • Sustainable Water Management (elective modul 1) 5
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management (elective modul 2) 5
  • Sustainable Urban Development (elective modul 3) 5
  • Sustainable Mobility (elective modul 4) 5
  • Sustainability Food Industry (elective modul 5) 5

*In the modules 'Areas of Sustainability I' and 'Areas of Sustainability II', two elective modules with 5 CPs each are selected. In total, you will achieve a sum of 10 CPs per module.

3. Semester

Transformation Of Society | Masterthesis

  • Sustainable Social Governance   5
  • Business Transformation And Change Management 5
  • Master-Thesis and Colloquium 20

Admission requirements
Our requirements

For the application to the master program Applied Sustainability Management M.Sc. you need the following documents:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent university degree (e.g. Diploma) with a minimum of 180 credit points (ECTS) or at least 210 CP (further information under 'Admission requirements in detail')
  • One of the following qualifications: General university entrance qualification, University of Applied Sciences entrance qualification, North Rhine-Westphalia extended university entrance qualification or for international applicants: university entrance qualification or equivalent
  • Signed curriculum vitae
  • Application photo
  • Membership certificate of your health insurance company

Upon presentation of a Bachelor's degree with:

A) 180 CP and less than 1 year of qualified work experience:

Qualifying examination + an internship of at least 1 year in a sustainability-relevant professional field of not less than 10 hours/week prior to or during your studies.
You complete your Master's degree with a total of 270 CP. 

B) 180 CP and 1 year of qualified work experience:

Qualifying examination + recognition of 15 CP through the professional experience + possibility of acquiring another 15 CP through participation in other modules of the higher education offer with reference to topics of the study programme at Master's level.
You complete your Master's degree with a total of 300 CP. 


C) 180 CP and 2 years of qualified professional experience:

Qualifying examination + recognition of 30 CP through the qualified professional experience.
You complete your Master's degree with a total of 300 CP.  

At least good English language skills (≥ B2 level) if the English-language degree program is chosen.

The Master's programme Applied Sustainability Management M.Sc. is aimed at all university graduates with a Bachelor's degree of at least 180 CPs. Due to its block structure, the programme can be studied full-time, alongside a job and/or family. It is aimed at all those who, after completing a Bachelor's degree, would like to further their education and qualifications in the field of sustainability and transformation management, either directly or with existing professional experience.

Fees and Funding
Your tuition fees

Study fees (valid for all non-EU citizens):

  • 4.700 Euro per semester (783,33 Euro per month) + one-off registration fee of 950 Euro.

Terms of payment (valid for all non-EU citizens):

  • 1. semester fee + one-time registration fee of 950 Euro is to be paid before the semester starts
  • payment per semester is mandatory
  • deposit for final admission letter: 3.000 Euro
  • fee for cancellation: 3.000 Euro

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Application process and deadlines

It's that easy to apply:

  1. Register online via the SRH application portal.
  2. We will send you your contract by mail as soon as possible, provided you meet the admission requirements. If any documents are missing, we will inform you.
  3. You sign the study contract and send it back to us.
  4. You will receive your certificate of enrollment.
  5. The fees will be deducted from your account.
  6. You take part in our introductory week and then you can start!
START NOW Your path into the future
  • You learn step by step
  • You study in practical tasks and in small teams
  • You can concentrate on the essentials in 5-week-blocks
  • You get continuous performance feedback
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Please note Visa requirements for indian students

From 1st of November 2022, applicants from India will be required to have their documents verified by the Academic Evaluation Centre New Delhi (APS-India) before applying for a visa. After successful verification you will receive a certificate which allows you to initiate the visa process. Please note that the verification process at APS-India is expected to take approximately 4 weeks. We recommend that you apply for the APS certificate at the same time as you apply to SRH University in North Rhine-Westphalia. For more information about the process, go to the APS-India website:

Step 1: Apply to SRH University in North Rhine-Westphalia
Step 2: Initiating the verification process at APS (at same time as step 1)
Step 3: Once the verification and TestAS is done book your visa appointment
Step 4: Visa Appointment
Step 5: Come to Germany and start your dream studies!

Please note: You do not need the verification certificate for your application at SRH University in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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