Master of Science in Creative Sustainability (BIZ) - M. Sc. Degree in Economics and Business Administration

Aalto University

Program Description

Master of Science in Creative Sustainability (BIZ) - M. Sc. Degree in Economics and Business Administration

Aalto University

The Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability (CS) provides you with the skills and knowledge to promote sustainable development through business. The linkages between business and sustainability are highly important in contemporary organizations, whether you wish to be a sustainability specialist in business or a management professional operating in some other field.

Career opportunities

Sustainability considerations arise in every organization and thus there are several possible career options for someone with expertise in sustainability in business. As a sustainability specialist, you can work in multinational companies and other large organizations, as a consultant, in start-ups and as an entrepreneur, or you may deal with sustainability issues in business from positions in NGOs or the public sector.

Content of the studies

Upon graduation from the CS programme, you will have a unique and competitive professional profile which combines focused knowledge on sustainability with widely applicable general skills in management, design, and communications.

To achieve this learning outcome, the pedagogical approach in the CS programme emphasizes challenge-based learning, the integration of teaching and research, and a strong connection to practical outcomes. Teaching methods range from interactive classroom lessons to group assignments and practical projects carried out for partner organizations that can be e.g. business enterprises, NGOs or other associations, or public organizations.

In particular, the CS programme develops the following competences as applied to sustainability:

  • Multidisciplinarity: ability to apply ecological, economic, and socio-cultural knowledge to reach sustainability solutions, and to understand the role of different stakeholders in developing sustainability in business
  • Systems thinking: ability to create new holistic understandings of complex situations, with an emphasis on global awareness within the context of local communities and on simultaneous modification of different aspects of sustainability
  • Design thinking: ability to solve problems creatively and to utilize participatory design methods to define problems, generate ideas and arrive at sustainable solutions
  • Project management: ability to manage multidisciplinary teamwork and project work
  • Business management: ability to create sustainable business models and to work proactively in organizations to develop responsible business practices

Graduating students can leverage these competences to effectively address global and local sustainability challenges as they relate to business.

Admission requirements

Required previous studies

To be considered for admission the applicant must have completed at least 18 ECTS of courses covering the domains of business and sustainability or subjects that support those domains (for example sociology, educational sciences, environmental policy, consumer economics, or communications). Internships cannot be included in the credits. The previous studies are assessed by a representative of the programme.

The applicants that fulfill the above requirement of previous studies are ranked according to the criteria below.

Admission group 1

PHASE I

1) Study success

Weighted GPA of previous degree and overall evaluation of study success. Applicants with a weighted GPA of previous degree lower than 3.50 are not eligible for admission.

2) Motivation letter

The applicant must show his/her motivation for studying in the CS programme by writing a letter of motivation. The letter is written in English into the electronic application system and the maximum length of the letter is 4000 characters (including space characters). The letter should answer at least the following questions:

  • Why am I applying for the CS programme?
  • What are the content and findings of my most recent thesis* work?

*If your prior studies do not include a thesis you may write about an equivalent final project, assignment or paper. If you have been in employment for more than three years, you may write about a work project or equivalent work-related situation.

3) CV

Professional activities relating to sustainability considered from a wide perspective, work experience, research activity, artistic activity, and other areas of interest.

PHASE II

4) Interview

Based on the evaluation of phase I, the best applicants are invited for an interview. Interviews can be carried out either face to face or over Skype/telephone. The interview panel will assess, among other things, the practical ability of the applicant to communicate and undertake the programme.

Admission group 2

PHASE I

1) GMAT score (or comparable GRE score)

GMAT or GRE is obligatory in admission group 2 (minimum score 550 in GMAT or equivalent GRE score).

2) Study success

Weighted GPA of previous degree and overall evaluation of the study success. Applicants must demonstrate good academic performance. To be eligible, an applicant’s weighted GPA of the previous degree must be better than or equal to “good” on the grading scale of the university granting the degree. Applicants with a weighted GPA of previous degree lower than “good” are not eligible.

3) Motivation letter

The applicant must show his/her motivation for studying in the CS programme by writing a letter of motivation. The letter is written in English into the electronic application system and the maximum length of the letter is 4000 characters (including space characters). The letter should answer at least the following questions:

  • Why am I applying for the CS programme?
  • What are the content and findings of my most recent thesis* work?

*If your prior studies do not include a thesis you may write about an equivalent final project, assignment or paper. If you have been in employment for more than three years, you may write about a work project or equivalent work-related situation.

4) CV

Professional activities relating to sustainability considered from a wide perspective, work experience, research activity, artistic activity, and other areas of interest.

PHASE II

5) Interview

Based on the evaluation of phase I, the best applicants are invited for an interview. Interviews can be carried out either face to face or over Skype/telephone. The interview panel will assess, among other things, the practical ability of the applicant to communicate and undertake the programme.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated November 16, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
2 years
Full time
Price
Price
15,000 EUR
per academic year
Information
Deadline
Jan. 11, 2019
The application period for studies starting in autumn 2019 runs from 3 December 2018 to 12 January 2019.
Locations
Finland - Espoo
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Jan. 11, 2019
The application period for studies starting in autumn 2019 runs from 3 December 2018 to 12 January 2019.
End date Request Info
Dates
Sept. 2019
Finland - Espoo
Application deadline Jan. 11, 2019
The application period for studies starting in autumn 2019 runs from 3 December 2018 to 12 January 2019.
End date Request Info