Master in Sustainable Development Management


Program Description

The world is in desperate need of pioneers who have the knowledge and skills to transform business as usual and lead us on a more sustainable path. The Master in Sustainable Development Management at Sunway University was therefore created to equip passionate, ambitious people from multidisciplinary backgrounds to become pioneers - adept at management and problem-solving using analytics and systems thinking guided by global concerns. It aims to empower individuals and organizations to develop innovative solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in actionable ways in their specific sectors or areas of work.

The Master in Sustainable Development Management will expose students to the scientific, technological, economic, and business understandings of the challenges to sustainable development, as well as provide them with in-depth knowledge of specific subject areas, such as climate change, urban sustainability, energy, water, infrastructure, biodiversity, land-use, waste management, and corporate responsibility.


The program intake is in January and August each year. Applications close 4 weeks before each intake date.

Duration and Delivery

The program is designed for both working professionals and recent graduates, and will be delivered over 18 months through classroom sessions; virtual tutorials and e-modules; research projects; and individual and group assignments. 

Program Structure

Students are required to complete 9 core courses including Research Project I & II, and 5 elective courses. Refer to Time Table for the schedule of courses.

Core courses (9)

  • SSM 5033 Corporate Sustainability Strategies
  • SSM 5013 Earth's Climate System
  • SEC 5013 Economics of Sustainability Management
  • SFI 5013 Finance and Sustainability
  • SRM 5013 Research Methods
  • SEN 5013 Social Entrepreneurship and Development
  • SSM 5023 Sustainable Management and Operations
  • PRJ 5013 Research Project I
  • PRJ 5023 Research Project II

Elective courses (choose 5)

  • SSM 5123 Climate and Water Resources
  • SSM 5093 Energy Systems and Management
  • SSM 5053 Fundamentals of Urban Sustainability
  • SSM 5043 Global Foundation Course: Introduction to Sustainable Development
  • SSM 5103 Innovative Sustainable Leadership
  • SSM 5073 Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
  • SEC 5023 Sustainable Economic Development
  • SSM 5083 Sustainable Engineering and Industrial Ecology
  • SSM 5133 Sustainable Forestry
  • SSM 5143 Sustainable Transportation
  • SSM 5113 Sustainable Urban Practices
  • SSM 5063 Water Resource Management

Research Project

The research must follow a recognized research methodology. Candidates are encouraged to choose research topics that address current and pressing sustainability challenges. It can address topics of relevance to a specific organization, or focus more generally on a sector, SDG goal, country, or location. Supervisors will be designated based on the research topics chosen.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 or equivalent. The program was designed for those with relevant working experience and exceptional candidates who do not meet the above requirements will be considered based on their professional and other attainments. Recent graduates will also be considered.

Candidates who completed undergraduate studies where the medium of instruction was English would have met the language requirements. International candidates should demonstrate English proficiency sufficient to meet the needs of the program, either through satisfactory completion of tertiary-level study in an English medium; or through an English language proficiency test with indicative scores as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEFL: 75 (Internet-based)
  • PTE Academic: 50 overall

Application Process

Acceptance into the program is by application and selection only.

As part of your application, you will need to nominate two referees who are senior people acquainted with your work and who must provide written comment on your academic and/or professional suitability to undertake the program.

Applicants will be required to submit:

  • A detailed CV
  • A certified copy of each degree-level certificate obtained
  • Certified copies of all degree-level transcripts
  • IELTS/ TOEFL/ PTE score report (if applicable)
  • Two letters of reference (academic and/ or professional)
  • A personal statement of your interest in sustainable development and suitability for this program
  • One (1) Passport-sized Photograph
Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

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