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MSc in Sustainable Development, Management, and Policy

Modul University Vienna
4 semesters
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
27 February 2023
Application deadline: 24 February 2023

About this program

Why should you choose Sustainable Development, Management and Policy

Our Master of Science in Sustainable Development, Management and Policy challenges you to consider a wide spectrum of sustainability issues and their often complex interrelationships. The program provides training for a new generation of professionals who will confidently respond to future global sustainability challenges. With a case study-focused approach, students will be taught how to link research to real-world phenomena. You will learn to analyze and assess sustainability-related case studies and to suggest solutions for pressing societal problems like climate change.

Sustainability For The Future

You will gain a well-rounded understanding of public, private, and third sector implications, policy and governance-related issues, environmental and sustainable management, and economic development issues, preparing you for leading positions in profit and non-profit organizations, governmental organizations, and businesses. Modul University’s prioritization of sustainability as an integral part of the university offers unique opportunities, including participation in the university’s Sustainability Committee.

Admission requirements

Step 1: Master Admissions Requirements by Country

Whether you are applying to Modul University Vienna as a national or international student you will need to satisfy our Master's admissions entry requirements. Please contact us to see what entry criteria apply to you.

Step 2: Application

Apply using MU's online application portal.

Fill in all required fields and be prepared to upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Academic Qualifications
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Copy of Passport
  • Passport-sized photograph
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Please make sure that your application is complete. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Exceptions: If not available yet, the English test result 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.

Please note that all documents must be submitted in English. Transcripts are also accepted in German.

Step 3: Application Review and Interview

The admission process includes the reviewing and evaluating of each application on an individual basis for an applicant's abilities as a student. If approved, you’ll be contacted by an admissions team member soon thereafter in order to schedule a personal interview at the campus or a video Skype interview.

The interview will give the university the opportunity to clarify issues arising from the application as well as permit an assessment of the personality profile of the applicants. It will also ensure that applicants understand the expectations with regard to their chosen program. It is also the chance for applicants to ask any further questions.

Step 4: Admission Decision

Usually once per week, the admissions committee decides on admission based on previous education performance, the motivation and general impression, extracurricular activities, interview performance, and academic aptitude of the applicant. If approved, admissions documents will be sent to the future student.

Our deadlines are based on the average length it takes to get a visa, however, if you already have a valid visa to study in Austria then please get in contact with us.

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Program content

MSc in Sustainable Development, Management, and Policy students must complete the required Core Courses and a selection of Enrichment Courses as part of their curriculum:

  • Management and Research Fundamentals
  • Sustainable Development and Policy
  • Professional Application of Sustainable Development
  • Master Thesis

Specializations and Enrichment Courses

MSc in Sustainable Development, Management, and Policy students have the option to focus on one of five specialization areas. A minimum of 15 ECTS points must be completed from one specialization area in order to qualify for a certificate, and an additional 3 ECTS can be completed from another area of specialization. For a general MSc in Sustainability, Management students must complete 18 ECTS points made up from elective courses offered in any of the five specializations. MSc in Sustainable Development, Management, and Policy students can specialize in the following areas:

  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Leadership
  • Innovation and Experience Design for Tourism
  • Real Estate Management
  • Sustainable Management and Governance
  • Tourism and Services Management

Optional Internship

Students can choose to complete a 6 ECTS optional internship. This will reduce the required ECTS of Module IV: Enrichment Courses / Certificates with 6 ECTS.

Excellence Program

The Industry Excellence Program pairs top students of the MSc programs with senior representatives of Austrian and international companies for on-the-job experience in your chosen field. Over the course of two semesters, you will be mentored by a senior-level manager to learn first-hand how management decisions are made in the modern business environment.


Please note, all application submissions are subject to a €50 application fee. The application fee will be deducted from the first tuition payment for all accepted candidates. For those who choose to decline a study offer or rescind their application, the fee is non-refundable.

Tuition Fees:€5,192 per semester (4 semesters) = € 20,768

Reductions on Tuition Fees:

Early Payment Reduction

  • Save 5% of semester tuition
  • Eligibility: Semester fees received by: Spring Semester - November 30th / Fall Semester - June 30th.

Upfront Payment Reduction

  • Save 10% of total tuition
  • Eligibility: Applicants who pay their tuition fees in full before their program begins.

EU Graduate Reduction

  • Save 3% of total tuition
  • Eligibility: Applicants who have graduated from a high school in the EU, EEA, UK, or Switzerland.

Siblings Reduction

  • Siblings save 10% of total tuition fees
  • Eligibility: Siblings of current MU students. This reduction is not related to a study program. 

Exchange Alumni Grant

  • Save 8% of total tuition
  • Eligibility: Exchange students attending MU who decide to transfer and continue studying.

Merit Grant

  • Save 10% of total tuition
  • Eligibility: This grant is at the discretion of our Admissions Committee for outstanding candidates.

Career paths

Career opportunities for graduates of the Master of Science in Sustainable Development, Management and Policy:

  • Scientific positions, public policy analyst, CSR expert, environmental consultant, product research analyst

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About this institute

Modul University Vienna

Modul University Vienna is known as Austria's leading international private university in the heart of Europe. MU Vienna offers well-proven study programs for Bachelor, Master, MBA and Ph.D. levels. The international campus is English speaking, home to highly driven students...

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Why study at Modul University Vienna

  • Innovative business university with a focus on globalization, sustainability, digital transformation & entrepreneurship with a strong brand legacy within tourism & hospitality research and education.
  • Diverse, international student population with over 77% international student body.
  • English-speaking campus from teaching to administration, student services, and socializing.

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