MSc in Sustainable Development, Management and Policy

MSc in Sustainable Development, Management and Policy

ECTS credits
max. students
per semester


Be an influencer for global challenges with the MSc in Sustainable Development, Management, and Policy. Guided by expert faculty, gain skills to implement effective sustainability strategies and address societal, economic, and environmental challenges.

This unique program equips you to design and implement sustainable development strategies on various levels, from households to global scales. MU Vienna's strong focus on sustainability provides hands-on learning opportunities, fostering practical experience.

This program is an excellent choice for those seeking to embrace a multidisciplinary approach, inviting students from diverse backgrounds to explore sustainability through various lenses, including economics, management, environmental studies, ethics, and political sciences.

Through a combination of applied and research-oriented coursework with a case study focus, students learn to bridge research with real-world phenomena, equipping them to actively contribute to pressing sustainability issues and transitions in societal systems.

The MSc in Sustainable Development, Management, and Policy also serves as a solid foundation for those considering further academic pursuits, providing a qualification to pursue a PhD program.

Study Plan

First Year:

In the first year, students delve into data analysis, advanced economics, environmental management, social psychology, leadership, sustainability, and economic development. They choose a specialization, complete an internship, or join an excellence program to enhance their learning experience. 

Semester 1

  • Advanced Data Analysis & Decision Making
  • Advanced Economics
  • Environmental Management & Sustainability
  • Environmental Sciences, Systems & Energy Studies
  • Organizational Social Psychology & Leadership

Semester 2:

  • Research Design & Methods in Practice
  • Principles of Sustainability & Economic Development
  • Applications of Economics for the Environment
  • Public Policy Analysis & Evaluation
  • Enrichment Course* OR Internship OR Industry Excellence Program

Second Year:

The second year focuses on ecological economics, conducting a master's thesis, and assuring sustainability. Students also select specialized courses aligned with their interests to deepen their knowledge in specific areas of sustainable development, management, and policy. The program prepares them to tackle complex sustainability challenges effectively. 

Semester 3:

  • Sustainable Metrics Seminar
  • Ecological Economics
  • Master Thesis Seminar
  • Master Thesis
  • Specialization Course* OR Internship OR Industry Excellence Program

Semester 4:

  • Conflict Management
  • Enrichment Course*
  • Enrichment Course*
  • Master Thesis
  • Master Thesis Defense


Seize the opportunity to integrate a customized internship into your curriculum, allowing you to gain hands-on experience and practical skills through our Industry Excellence Program. 


Enhance your comprehensive management education by choosing an Enrichment Course Specialization that aligns with your interests.


"The program very successfully tackles all the aspects of sustainable development; social, economic, political, environmental, and relates them to each other. This provides graduates with the required skills, knowledge and way of thinking to perform greatly in their professional careers and gain a small advantage over others in the field"

Hani Aridi, Lebanon 

Master Admissions

When applying to Modul University Vienna for a Master program, you will need to meet the following admissions entry requirements and provide your documents in English through out online portal (hyperlink portal): 

  • Curriculum vitae (resume) 

  • Letter of motivation (1 A4 page) 

  • Bachelor's Degree (minimum of 3 years) 

  • Bachelor's Transcripts of Records 

  • Copy of passport 

  • Passport-sized photograph 

  • Two letters of recommendation (from academic sources) 

  • Proof of English proficiency level C1.  

Exceptions: If not available yet, the Bachelor's Degree Diploma may be submitted later on. In such cases, the most up-to-date transcripts must be submitted and provisional admission may be granted until the pending document is submitted.

All Master’s applicants must provide proof of their English proficiency, at minimum level C1 - according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - through a test taken within the last two years.


  • TOEFL: 570 paper-based test (PBT) or 230 computer-based test (CBT) or 95 Internet-based test (IBT) 
  • IELTS: overall band score 7.0 (no sub-score below 6.5)
  • Pearson Academic: 76 points
  • Cambridge Certificate BEC Higher – Grade A or Cambridge Advanced Certificate of English: From Grade C. A minimum of 180 points is required.

Exceptions will only be considered for students who are English natives or have completed their high school education entirely in English at recognized International Schools following American, British, or IB curricula.  Our admissions committee maintains the authority to request any additional evidence of English proficiency if deemed necessary.  

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Tuition Fees

Program Semesters Fees / Semester
MSc in Management 4 €5810
Master in Business Administration (MBA) 3 €10140
MSc in International Tourism Management 4 €5810
MSc in Sustainable Development, Management and Policy 4 €5810

Student Recruitment Advisors

Andrada, Eduardo, Max and Jessica

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