Global MBA in Sustainability

Get a full German Master of Business Administration Degree via Distance Learning. No need to quit your job, no need to change your place of residency. Get a job-seeking VISA to Germany after graduation and get an employment in Europe using our Job-Placement-Platform!

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As a sustainability manager, you will anchor the multi-dimensional sustainability agenda of the United Nations based on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals in your organization. You shape the future here and now and you design and implement a corporate sustainability strategy. In doing so, you promote a sustainable change process in business and society at large.

You will deal with the social responsibility of companies. To do so, you will learn the theoretical and historical founda- tions of international sustainability issues. You will acquire the necessary competencies to apply the whole range of the sustainability agenda to organisations such as private compa- nies and public administration. As a sustainability manager, you will be able to develop goals, measures and the corresponding internal and external reporting for sustainability strategies. You will learn to analyse the different interests of stakeholder groups such as employees, customers and investors of a com- pany with regard to sustainability and to take them into account in your strategy. With this business-oriented degree programme, you will acquire all the knowledge and skills you need to take on management responsibility in companies.

You will combine management skills such as Change Manage- ment, Leadership as well as Values and Conflict with sustaina- bility topics. These range from the Basics of Sustainability Man- agement to the Goals and Standards of Sustainability to Communication about Sustainability. Ecological, social and economic aspects of sustainability are also covered. Through our elective modules, you keep your eye firmly on your goal and specialise in the area of management or sustainability.

You will become familiar with the legal requirements and societal expectations for the sustainability of companies and organisations in the private, public and non-profit sectors • To meet these, you will formulate realistic goals, set focal points, and agree on priorities • You will then determine effective measures in sustainability management, which you will implement in practice • You communicate the achieved sustainability performance internally and externally.

Academic Degree: Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Accreditation: The program provides a high-quality university degree with 60-120 European credit points which is accredited under German law (System-accredited). The focus of this Masters’ level program is on applying theoretical knowledge and concepts to real-life business settings.

Certification: State approval by the ZFU (national central office for distance learning).

Duration of Study: 2 / 3 / 4 Semesters Distance Learning on the e-Campus of SRH Distance Learning University. The duration of your study depends on your previous education and job experiences.

Language of Instruction: The programme is taught entirely in English.

Tuition Fees: 799 EUR per month for 60 ECTS (2 semesters), 699 EUR per month for 90 ECTS (3 semesters), 599 EUR per month for 120 ECTS (4 semesters)

Total cost: 9.588 EUR for 60 ECTS (2 semesters), 12.582 EUR for 90 ECTS (3 semesters), 14.376 EUR for 120 ECTS (4 semesters)

Academic Year: You can start your study at the first day of each month.

Credit Points: 60 ECTS (2 semesters) / 90 ECTS (3 semesters) / 120 ECTS (4 semesters)

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For Graduates

You just finished your Bachelor degree, got first working experiences and looking for a way to accelerate your career? Then the MBA program is the right choice for you!

For Employees

You are already working for a few years and would like to extend your knowledge to get a better paid position in your company or looking to apply for a new job in Europe? Then this program is the right choice for you!

For Companies

You want your employees to make smarter decisions so your business can prosper? Then its time to upgrade them with this new and unique MBA program!

The Content in detail

In the future, companies will have to address the issue of sustainability in a credible manner in order to secure their competitive advantage and assume responsibility for a world worth living in. Companies of all sizes and industries will need experts who develop, plan, implement and report on strategies to achieve sustainability goals.

Empirical Research

In this module students get acquainted with main principles of scientific empirical research as well as questionnaire design and interview guide composition. By successfully completing the module students are capable of planning empirical research projects and communicating the results in a scientific manner. They can apply fundamental rules of questionnaire design and interview guide composition to a given scenario and present their results in a written report.

Data Analysis

Qualitative alignment (Qualitative research methods, Basics of qualitative research,  Qualitative research designs, Qualitative research methods, Computer based qualitative data analysis, Future, perspectives and pitfalls of qualitative research), Content analysis (Data management and organization of qualitative data - Transcription, Computer-based qualitative content analysis, Basics and procedure of qualitative content analysis, Quality criteria of qualitative content analysis, Research report and documentation), Quantitative alignment (Statistics, Basics of probability theory, distributions, Levels of measurement, types of samples, scientific hypotheses, Measures of descriptive statistics, Basic methods of inductive statistics, Statistics applied with R (Why Statistics?,  R and R Commander: A short introduction, Descriptive statistics and graphs, Hypotheses and distributions, Tests for differences of means, Correlations, Test procedures for nominal variables.

Change Management

Fundamentals of Change Management, History of Change Management, Theories of Change Management, Leadership in change processes, Micropolitics and power in change processes, Dealing with emotions and resistances, Phase models of emotional reactions to changes, Instruments and concepts in the preparation phase, Order clarification and organization of change projects, Instruments and concepts in the analysis phase, Analysis of strategy, culture and technical-organizational systems, Instruments and concepts in the conception phase, Goals and planning of change measures, Instruments and concepts in the implementation phase, Training and participation.

Ecologic Dimensions of Sustainability

Substance types and waste types, industrial metabolism, life cycle assessment, integrated product policy, economic potentials of industrial metabolism, production planning suitable für circular economy, avoidance orientation in production and product development - recycling orientation in production and product development, sustainability in supply chains: procurement and logistics, recycling cycles and circular economy, energy sources and energy carriers, energy consumption, processes of energy conversion and transmission, use of measurement data for operational energy management, energy management in operation, standards, energy balances and energy audits, biological and biotechnological processes for substance conversion, biopolymers and renewable raw materials, sustainable processes and plants for energy production, energy from biomass, energy from waste recovery/disposal, geothermal energy, solar thermal energy, photovoltaics, hydropower, wind power, etc..

Social Sustainability

Companies in the area of tension between different social expectations (Business Ethical Expectations, Responsible entrepreneur, Corporate Social Responsibility), Key elements of social sustainability (Basic needs, Social resources, Demographic change, Equal opportunities, Participation), International framework conditions for social sustainability (United Nations Agenda 2030, Social standards and codes from ILO (e.g. Decent Work Agenda) and OECD (e.g. Better Life Index), EU Directives, Requirements of international NGOs (e.g. streetwear campaign, etc.),Voluntary commitments by companies in individual sectors), National framework conditions for social sustainability (The policy framework: Education policy, tax policy, labour law, development policy, Overview of the German social system: social insurance, welfare and social systems, Voluntary commitments by national associations and individual companies, Social change - expectations for the future of social sustainability).


Economic sustainability (Definition and importance for companies, Economic reasons for corporate sustainability management (including long-term competitiveness, cost savings, increased sales, risk reduction, corporate and brand image, employee engagement and talent management), The development process of a sustainability strategy (The concept of strategy and the sustainability strategy, Analysis of stakeholder interests, Analysis of the value chain, Sustainability benchmarking, reference to frameworks - Definition of the strategic goals), Basics in Change Management (Definition and basics, Importance of change management for sustainability management), Application of economic sustainability in various corporate functions (Research and development; new concepts: Life cycle analysis and biomimetism, Production and quality assurance, Purchasing and logistics; supplier commitment and cooperation, Sales, marketing and communication, Human Resources).

Foundations in Sustainability

Core problems of sustainable development - Global change (Ecological challenges, Social challenges, Economic development in times of globalisation), History of the discussion on sustainability (Historical course and definitions of sustainability, United Nations initiatives, Brundtland Commission and Rio de Janeiro Conference, European and national sustainability strategies, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)), Theoretical foundations of sustainable development (Dimensions and models of sustainability, degrees of sustainability, Definition of sustainable development, Sustainability management rules and measurement tools, Strategy paths of sustainable development), Drivers of Corporate Sustainability (Business ethics and morality, Human rights due diligence in the corporate context, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Corporate Social Citizenship (CC), Stakeholder management, Corporate sustainability and sustainability management)

Goals and Standards in Sustainability

Theoretical foundations (Development economics, Climatic change), The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) (History and roots- Core messages and main motivations, Overall goals, sub-goals and indicators of the SDGs, The global process for implementing the SDGs, European and national agendas for achieving the SDGs), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) (History and roots,  Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement of 2015, The global process to implement the Paris Agreement, European agenda and national agendas for achieving the international climate targets), Other multilateral sustainability frameworks (UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights,  UN Global Compact, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, ILO Core Labour Standards; ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy).

Communication in Sustainability

Instruments (CSR and communication policy, actors and drivers, the role and the character of CSR communication, ethics and sustainability), Integration and implementation of sustainability in communication as a corporate function, CSR and sustainability reporting, Examples of standards, labels and seals of quality, CSR and sustainability communication online, CSR and Internal Communication, CSR and sustainability communication in SMEs and start-ups, Differentiation of other communication tasks (corporate citizenship, philanthropy, patronage, etc.).

Knowledge of German increases your job opportunities with German and foreign companies in your own country and abroad. Proficiency in German helps you to function productively for an employer with global business connections. German is the second most commonly used scientific language. Germany is the third largest contributor to research and development and offers research fellowships to scientists from abroad.

Learn German with our highly qualified and GOETHE accredited German Teachers. We offer German language courses in the level beginner (A1), elementary (A2), intermediate (B1), upper intermediate (B2) and advanced (C1), depending on your starting level of German language.

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admission requirements

These are your admission requirements:

— Completed university degree or equivalent degree (min. 180 ECTS)
— Knowledge of the English language level B1
— Basic understanding of economics
— At least one year of professional experience

Step 1: Application

Simply download the PDF application for enrolment and send it completed to with the subject 'Global MBA' incl. all required documents, which are: 1. Photograph, 2. Curriculum Vitae, 3. High School Diploma, 4. Bachelor's Degree including Transcript of Records, 5. Proof of Work Experience (e.g. references, proof of internship), 6. English Language Certificate (If you dont have one, we will test you for free and online at IULI).

Step 2: Letter of admission
We will check all your uploaded documents at SRH and IULI. You will receive an official Letter of Admission, if all documents are approved by both universities.
Step 3: Pay the first installment fee
Together with the Letter of Admission you will get an invoice and you have to pay the first instalment fee via bank transfer or Flywire.
Step 4: onboarding
At the beginning of your study you will get an extensive onboarding session, where our specialists from SRH and IULI will explain you all details of the study, the use of the e-Campus and some basic rules and obligations. 

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