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Master of Science (MSc) in
International Sustainability Management
Your career makes a difference!

 

Objectives of the programme

In past generations, people in businesses tended to focus first on money. Meaning came later. Today, in a world with so many pressing problems, many young professionals feel this model no longer makes sense. ESCP Europe’s Master in International Sustainability Management offers the training for a career that will enable you to make a positive difference right away.
 
At this two-year programme, taught at ESCP Europe’s Berlin and Paris campuses from term 1 to 4 and wherever opportunity leads you in terms 5 and 6, you will learn what you need to know to become a sustainability manager.

In your first terms, you will study such topics as creating a sustainability culture, reducing the environmental impact of your supply chain, or participate in a corporate consultancy engagement.
In the last two terms, you will write a master’s thesis on a topic of your choosing and pursue an internship with a corporation or non-governmental organization.

By the time you graduate, you will be equipped with the skills and insights you need to help companies be good stewards of the public and the planet.
 

European Academic Director


Sylvie GEISENDORF - ESCP Europe

Prof. Dr. Sylvie GEISENDORF

Professor of Environnemts and Economics

PhD in Economics
Habilitation (German acad. qual. for Ph.D. supervisor)
Research areas: Agents-based modeling, Ecological economics, Evolutionary econ., Behavioural econ., Complexity Theory


Be the conscience of your company

Whether you become a key team member of a start-up or an executive at a global corporation, language skills will be important. Sustainability Management is very social work, and ESCP Europe believes strong communication skills will be a crucial part of the job. This full-time, two-year programme is taught entirely in English. In addition, students will be asked to study a second language.

In addition to regular classes and an internship, the programme will give you the opportunity to meet many people who are already working on sustainability issues for corporations and non-governmental organizations.

Participants’ background

  • Business Administration / Economics: 46%
  • Languages / Culture / Literature: 21%
  • Sociology / Geography / Politics: 15%
  • Sustainability: 6%
  • Engineering: 6%
  • Environmental Science / Ecology / Biology: 3%
  • Law: 3%

19

nationalities

64% women

36% men

EU 65% – German, French, Italian, Belgian, Dutch, Slovenian, Spanish, UK
Non-EU 35% – Australian, Brazilian, US-American, Icelandic, Indian, Venezuelan, Chinese, Canadian, Taiwanese, Iranian


Ambassadors class of 2018

Ambassadors class of 2018

About the ESCP Europe MSc

The choice of a Full-Time MSc corresponds to a professional project and gives young graduates and young managers a combination of high-value skills sought by recruiters.
This programme provides academic expertise and presentation of the best professional practices. Our goal is to train experts who will be rapidly able to progress in a globalized world. Choosing a "Full-Time Intensive" format allows, at the end of a short and dense tuition, to have an immediate access to decision-making leadership positions.

 

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In cooperation with 25 ESCP Europe members from Paris, Torino, Madrid, Warsaw and Berlin, the research centre on issues of sustainability in business and society has been founded in 2013 under the scientific direction of Prof. Dr. Sylvie Geisendorf.

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Master of Science (MSc) in
International Sustainability Management
Curriculum

Make Saving the Planet Your Day Job

The MSc in International Sustainability Management (120 ECTS) will teach you what you need to know to build a rewarding career in sustainability

In your first term, you will study environmental and sustainability management in Berlin. You will learn about business ethics and corporate social responsibility, eco-marketing, and integrated “triple-bottom-line” reporting. At the same time, you will study climatology and resource economics, preparing you for a real role as an advocate for sustainability.

In your second term, you will study how companies can learn to become more sustainable, and take an elective that will allow you to delve further into an issue that you are particularly passionate about, such as human rights and international business or business and sustainability in the developing world.

A two-year full-time programme

The programme begins in September and is organised as follow:

Course Modules

You have to be proficient in English to follow these courses.

Sustainability
  • Environmental and Sustainability Management
    • Environmental and Sustainability Management
    • Business Ethics and CSR
    • Eco-marketing
    • Integrated Reporting
  • Ecosystems, Climate change and Economic theory
    • Ecological Background of Economic Activity: Climatology / Ecosystems Theory
    • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Frameworks for a sustainability transition
    • Sustainable Supply Chain Management
    • New concepts for a sustainable lifestyle: the Circular Economy
    • New Interactions between business and society: innovative responses to the sustainability challenge
  • Elective 1: Society, the developing world and the financial dimension
    • NGO & Management
    • The dark side of sustainability
    • International Business and Human Rights
    • Sustainable Finance
International
  • Sustainable governance and management in an international context
    • Cross Cultural Management and Sustainability
    • Sustainability Governance and Policy
  • Project management and consulting
    • International Project Management and Consulting
    • Mini Consultancy Project
General Management
  • Research & consultancy
    • Research methods
    • Managing complexity
    • Mgmt. of change & organizational behavior
  • Elective 2: Specialisations in Management
    • Eco-Venturing
    • Model United Nations
    • Urban Resiliance
    • Business Information Systems
    • Corporate Finance
Research
Skills

Faculty

Prof. Sylvie GEISENDORF
Sylvie GEISENDORF - ESCP Europe Faculty
European Academic Director, Berlin Campus

Sylvie Geisendorf holds the chair of Environment and Economics at the Berlin Campus.
In addition, Prof. Geisendorf is Scientific Director of the Research Centre on Sustainability: Business and Society - Towards a Sustainable World.


Courses taught in the programme
  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Model United Nations
  • Urban Resilience
Prof. Olivier DELBARD
Olivier DELBARD - ESCP Europe Faculty
Academic Director, Paris Campus

Olivier Delbard is Professor at the department of Economics, Law and Social Sciences at the Paris Campus. He is specialized on CSR and has written several books on it. In addition, Prof. Delbard is the Sustainability Coordinator of ESCP Europe.


Courses taught in the programme
  • New Interactions between business and society
  • Sustainability Governance and Policy
  • Mini Consultancy Project
Prof. Kerstin ALFES
Kerstin ALFES - ESCP Europe Faculty
Professor of Organisation and Human Resource Management, Berlin Campus

Kerstin Alfes is the Academic Director for the MBA in International Management at the Berlin Campus.


Courses taught in the programme
  • Research Methods (together with Prof. Bick)
  • Management of Change and Organizational Behaviour
Prof. Aurélien ACQUIER
Aurélien ACQUIER - ESCP Europe Faculty
Associate Professor of Strategy, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, Paris Campus

Research: Embedding CSR within organizations, CSR and sensemaking, CSR history


Courses taught in the programme
  • New concepts for a sustainable lifestyle (together with Prof. Carbone)
  • The dark side of sustainability (elective)
Prof. Markus BICK
Markus BICK - ESCP Europe Faculty
Professor of Business Information Systems, Berlin Campus

Research: Knowledge management, e-learning, convergent systems, ambient intelligence, simulation


Courses taught in the programme
  • Research Methods (together with Prof. Wilken)
  • Business Information Systems (elective)
Prof. Thierry BOUDÈS
Thierry BOUDÈS - ESCP Europe Faculty
Associate Professor of Strategy and project management at ESCP Europe, Paris Campus

Research: narrative processes in organizations and the narrative dimensions of strategy and project management


Courses taught in the programme
  • International Project Management and Consulting
Prof. Rolf BRÜHL
Rolf BRÜHL - ESCP Europe Faculty
Professor of Business Ethics and Management Control, Berlin Campus

Research: Behavioural accounting, CSR reporting, Social accounts and trust repair


Courses taught in the programme
  • Business Ethics and CSR
Prof. Valentina CARBONE
Valentina CARBONE - ESCP Europe Faculty
Professor of Supply Chain Management, Paris Campus

Research: Sustainable and green supply chain management, CSR and sensemaking


Courses taught in the programme
  • Sustainable supply chain management (together with Prof. Moatti)
  • New concepts for a sustainable lifestyle (together with Prof. Acquier)
Bruno CAZENAVE
Bruno CAZENAVE - ESCP Europe Faculty
PhD Student, Paris Campus

Specialised in Management Control. Current research title: “Impacts of financialised practices in French NGOs


Courses taught in the programme
  • NGO & Management (together with Emanuelle Garbe, elective)
Prof. David CHEKROUN
David CHEKROUN - ESCP Europe Faculty
Associate Professor of Economics, Law and Social Sciences, Paris Campus

David Chekroun is the co-director of the “Law & Finance” major. In 2013, he was appointed scientific director of the ESCP Europe/EDF Contract management Certificate Program.


Courses taught in the programme
  • International Business and Human Rights (elective)
Prof. Alberta DI GIULI
Alberta DI GIULI - ESCP Europe Faculty
Associate Professor of Economics, Law and Social Sciences, Paris Campus

Alberta Di Giuli’s research focuses on corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and family firms.


Courses taught in the programme
  • Corporate Finance (elective)
Prof. Lola HERRERO
Lola HERRERO - ESCP Europe Faculty
Associate Professor at ESCP Europe, Madrid Campus

Scientific-Academic Director of the M.Sc. in Hospitality and Tourism Management


Courses taught in the programme
  • Sustainable Tourism (elective)
Dr. Florian LÜDEKE-FREUND
Florian LÜDEKE-FREUND - ESCP Europe Faculty
Professor at ESCP Europe, Berlin Campus

Chair of Corporate Sustainability,
European Academic Director of the Master in Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Innovation


Courses taught in the programme
  • Environmental and Sustainability Management
  • Eco-marketing and communication
Prof. Valérie MOATTI
Valérie MOATTI - ESCP Europe Faculty
Associate Professor at ESCP Europe, Paris Campus

Associate Professor in the Information and Operations Management departement


Courses taught in the programme
  • Sustainable supply chain management (together with Prof. Carbone)
Prof. Nathalie PRIME
Nathalie PRIME - ESCP Europe Faculty
Professor of International marketing and cross-cultural management at ESCP Europe, Paris Campus

Chair of the European Department of Marketing at ESCP Europe across 5 country campuses (Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Torino)


Courses taught in the programme
  • Cross-Cultural Management and Sustainability
Prof. Martin SCHMIDT
Martin SCHMIDT - ESCP Europe Faculty
Professor of Financial Reporting and Audit, Berlin Campus

Martin Schmidt joined ESCP Europe in January 2013, when he became chairholder of the newly set-up Chair of International Accounting on the Berlin Campus.


Courses taught in the programme
  • Integrated Reporting
Dr. Michaela WIEANDT
Michaela WIEANDT - ESCP Europe Faculty
Manager Career Services & Placement, Linking Talents Germany

Michaela Wieandt is career advisor and coach at ESCP Europe Berlin as well as associate researcher at the Talent Management Institute.


Courses taught in the programme
  • Career Development
Emmanuelle GARBE
Emmanuelle GARBE - ESCP Europe External Professionals
Affiliate lecturer, Paris Campus

Emmanuelle Garbe is a consultant, researcher and teacher in Human resource management and in Organizations.


Courses taught in the programme
  • NGO & Management (together with Bruno Cazenave, elective)
Isabelle GUÉNARD-MALAUSSÈNE
Isabelle GUÉNARD-MALAUSSÈNE - ESCP Europe External Professionals
Affiliate lecturer, Paris Campus

To make use of her experience and conviction in Sustainable Finance, Isabelle Guénard-Malaussène created her consulting company in 2015, FINANCE@IMPACT.


Courses taught in the programme
  • Sustainable Finance (elective)
Dr. Julie GUTH
Julie GUTH - ESCP Europe External Professionals
Affiliate lecturer, Berlin Campus

Having worked in management consulting for several years as well as developing and setting up new education programs, Julie Guth gained comprehensive knowledge in supporting students in acquiring new skills and expertise.


Courses taught in the programme
  • Eco-Venturing (elective)
Claudia MÜLLER
Claudia MÜLLER - ESCP Europe External Professionals
Affiliate lecturer, Berlin Campus

Claudia Müller is a consultant, trainer and lecturer with a focus on international, intercultural collaboration and leadership as well as international organisational development. Founder of CIM Consulting.


Courses taught in the programme
  • Management of Change and Organizational Behaviour
Prof. Dieter SCHERER
Dieter SCHERER - ESCP Europe External Professionals
Professor at Technische Universität Berlin

Head of the Department of Climatology at the Institute of Ecology of Technische Universität Berlin.


Courses taught in the programme
  • Ecological Background of Economic Activity (together with Prof. Tietjen)
Prof. Britta TIETJEN
Britta TIETJEN - ESCP Europe External Professionals
Professor at Technische Universität Berlin

Head of the Biodiversity Research Group at Freie Universität Berlin.


Courses taught in the programme
  • Ecological Background of Economic Activity (together with Prof. Scherer)
Claas WENZLIK
Claas WENZLIK - ESCP Europe External Professionals
Affiliate lecturer, Berlin Campus

Founder of MOCOVISION. Claas Wenzlik's fields of expertise are change management, strategy development, and digitization


Courses taught in the programme
  • Managing Complexity

Company Consultancy Projects
Experiential learning

You will accomplish a Company Consultancy Project during the MSc in International Sustainability Management programme, which allows you to put into practice the concepts acquired in the classroom. The projects provide students with collaborative and intercultural work experience on a case provided by a company.

In groups of 4-5, students are expected to perform an in-depth analysis and make recommendations for actions that can realistically be implemented by the company.
At the heart of the programme, the Company Consultancy Projects are a key element of the programme that enables students to get to know a sector or a specific function. They require significant commitment and focus from the students.

Through the Company Consultancy Project, students learn how to work efficiently as a team and hone their skills in:

  • Project planning and management
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Development of hypotheses and recommendations
  • Customer service
  • Public speaking and presentations

Within the framework of the Company Consultancy Projects, dedicated workshops are carried out such as:

  • Client interaction
  • Presentation skills

Throughout the project, tutoring is provided by an ESCP Europe professor.
Students learn how to approach an issue with a critical mindset, and how to react swiftly in unexpected situations with a creative and open-minded attitude.

Some Partner Companies

BBVA – BNP Paribas – Capco – Deloitte – Eaton – EXPOFRANCE 2025 – GE Capital – Hydrogen – IBM – Indeu capital – Inditex (Zara) – Indra – International SOS – Interserve – Larousse – Lavazza – LVMH – Orange – Paul UK – Pernod Ricard – Porsche Design – Santer Reply – Telefónica – Vodafone

Examples of Company Consultancy Projects
  • Benchmark and blueprint for an International Graduate Programme (utilities, HR)
  • City launching of Urban Ninja in Spanish market
  • Development and implementation of online business for commercialisation
  • Development of a CSR strategy
  • Development of an innovative B2B online portal
  • Feasibility study to set up a commercial subsidiary: services, organisation and financial model
  • Global mobility of highly skilled professionals
  • Global supply chain and distribution model (retail chain)
  • Growth opportunities in the digital technologies sector in Europe
  • Identify growth opportunities for category portfolio products
  • Portfolio strategy and dealflow identification (private equity fund, India luxury market)
  • SME lending in Europe. New scoring model analysis (banking, innovation)
  • Study of business intelligence in the field of "fast moving consumer health" at European level
  • Telemedicine and return on investment: a real case modelling and evaluation
  • The future of newspapers, books and magazines (publishing industry)
  • The new online shop: benchmark and suggestions
  • Transforming London’s precious metal OTC market: feasibility report
  • Valvetrain footprint optimisation: how to secure profitable regional growth

Professional mission
A professional mission in the form of an in-company internship of at least 3 months.

From May to July of the second year, students must complete an in-company internship of at least 3 months.The internship is an opportunity for practical application of the theoretical concepts learned from courses, with an eye to establishing a career.

The Corporate Relations Department

The Company Relations Department is dedicated to gather placement offers from many companies. The department also organises a series of fairs involving firms, giving MSc students many opportunities to make contact.

Professional thesis
Writing and defending a professional thesis

Starting in February of the second year, you must draft a professional thesis in consultation with an ESCP Europe Professor, which is based on the course "research methods" (term 4). The topic chosen is approved beforehand by an academic advisor. The thesis is defended orally to a committee between June and July. This individual applied research project is an essential part of the programme since it leads to in-depth analysis. It represents 20 of the total of 120 ECTS credits earned over the two years.

 

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In cooperation with 25 ESCP Europe members from Paris, Torino, Madrid, Warsaw and Berlin, the research centre on issues of sustainability in business and society has been founded in 2013 under the scientific direction of Prof. Dr. Sylvie Geisendorf.

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Careers

Sustainability professionals work in “green” companies, such as renewable energy, technological, food, clothing or cosmetics industries, or in certification agencies.

Their mission: to rethink traditional business ideas in ways that create more sustainable value. Others work as environmental or corporate reputation consultants, green governance experts, or non-governmental organization officers. Some eventually go on to found their own innovative start-ups or become social entrepreneurs.

 

The first class of the MSc in International Sustainability Management started in September 2016 with 22 participants from 19 countries. After their graduation in September 2018, our students will be part of the ESCP Europe 50,000-member alumni network in 150 countries.

Build your career

ESCP Europe gives you the opportunity to leverage events, tools and guidelines to efficiently manage your Career process after the end of your Master.

The Careers Service

Prepare your Career Plan

The Careers Service supports you in preparing a well-structured Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter in order to strongly increase your chances to have an impact on companies. In addition, it also provides you with a structured method and process to prepare a Career Plan, in order to build and start an efficient and effective job-seeking strategy.

Job Fairs and Recruitement Day

Of particular relevance are the Job Fairs and Recruitement Day organised by the ESCP Europe Careers Service on each campus. Thanks to these huge events you have the opportunity to directly get in touch with HR and Line Managers of leading companies.

The Alumni Network

Once you have completed your  Master, you have the opportunity to be part of the Alumni Network that updates ex-students about newest Internship and Job offers for the national and international business environment.

 

SustBusy Research Center Logo

In cooperation with 25 ESCP Europe members from Paris, Torino, Madrid, Warsaw and Berlin, the research centre on issues of sustainability in business and society has been founded in 2013 under the scientific direction of Prof. Dr. Sylvie Geisendorf.

Know more


Jean-Baptiste SAY Institute Logo

The Jean-Baptiste Say Institute relies on a unique European network, which was developed in 2007 by the Entrepreneurship Chair and is backed by the momentum of ESCP’s European platform and other significant resources devoted to its European expansion.

Know more

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MSc (Master of Sciences)
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Master of Science (MSc) in
International Sustainability Management
Admissions

 

Requirements

  • A Bachelor degree with a minimum of 180 ECTS
  • A university background preferably in economics, social or natural science, or engineering
  • Fluency in English: TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS scores or English test on campus
  • Work experience not required (if given, maximum 2 years)

 

Procedure

Step 1: Application form

Applications are made online. After having created your account, please choose "Master - Master of Sciences" in the "Admission" section.

Admission process

To apply for the Master in International Sustainability Management Programme you have to submit the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation (half page)
  • Photocopy of passport or identity card
  • Your resume (curriculum vitae)
  • Transcripts of records of all years of higher education (certified copies) and current weighted average mark and/or expected final grade
  • Bachelor degree - if you hold it already - original or certified copy

Optional:

  • The score on a standardized English language test, dated no later than 2 years ago
  • GMAT score (only mandatory for the online application process - see below)

Step 2: Personal Interview

Tests and personal interview at the Berlin Campus

Candidates who meet the requirements will be invited to the admission test at the Berlin Campus. The test consists of:

  • Online verbal and numerical logic test (you will find more information and examples here)
  • Individual interview
  • English test (written, oral)
  • Applicants whose first language is English or who provide the result of a standardized language test not older than two years are exempt (TOEFL written 600; TOEFL IBT 100; TOEFL computer based 250; IELTS 7)

​In exceptional circumstances, e.g. for students living outside of Europe, we offer an online application process:
Applicants will be tested in the same fields. Therefore - in addition to a video interview with the applicant - we require a GMAT test result* and the score of a standardized English language test (if English is not the first language).
*should you not be able to provide a GMAT result in time please contact us.

Step 3: Confirmation

Candidates will be admitted on rolling base.

 

Admission Calendar

Admission intakes are now opened for the academic year in September 2019.

Application
Deadline
Admission
Day
(at ESCP Europe Berlin)
12 Oct 2018 6 Nov 2018
16 Nov 2018 13-14 Dec 2018
28 Dec 2018 17-18 Jan 2019
18 Jan 2019 12-13 Feb 2019
15 Feb 2019 14-15 Mar 2019
8 Mar 2019 3-5 Apr 2019
26 Apr 2019 20-21 May 2019
17 May 2019 13-14 Jun 2019

SustBusy Research Center Logo

In cooperation with 25 ESCP Europe members from Paris, Torino, Madrid, Warsaw and Berlin, the research centre on issues of sustainability in business and society has been founded in 2013 under the scientific direction of Prof. Dr. Sylvie Geisendorf.

Know more


Jean-Baptiste SAY Institute Logo

The Jean-Baptiste Say Institute relies on a unique European network, which was developed in 2007 by the Entrepreneurship Chair and is backed by the momentum of ESCP’s European platform and other significant resources devoted to its European expansion.

Know more

See more

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International Sustainability Management
Fees & Financial

 

Application Fees

  • The application fees are set at €130.

Fees

A payment of €24,500 is due for the two-year programme.
Early Bird Offer: A reduction of €3.100 is offered for applications submitted before 28. February 2019.

The fees are invoiced in four instalments and are due as follows:

  • First instalment: four weeks after admission
  • Second instalment: 1 Sep 2018
  • Third instalment: 1 Jan 2019
  • Fourth instalment: 1 Jun 2019

Funding and Scholarships

Please contact us for information about financing your study.

SustBusy Research Center Logo

In cooperation with 25 ESCP Europe members from Paris, Torino, Madrid, Warsaw and Berlin, the research centre on issues of sustainability in business and society has been founded in 2013 under the scientific direction of Prof. Dr. Sylvie Geisendorf.

Know more


Jean-Baptiste SAY Institute Logo

The Jean-Baptiste Say Institute relies on a unique European network, which was developed in 2007 by the Entrepreneurship Chair and is backed by the momentum of ESCP’s European platform and other significant resources devoted to its European expansion.

Know more

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