UNIVERSITY OF AGDER

Master’s Programme in Sustainability Management

After successful completion of this study programme, candidates will be awarded an MBA in Sustainability Management from a leading Asian business school at Gadjah Mada University (UGM). The programme is taught intensively over 18 months, mainly at UGM in Indonesia, in close cooperation with UiA. Students taking the last semester (Master's thesis) in Norway will gain a joint MBA degree from UiA and UGM.

This programme will educate you for key posts in government and business, to partake in leading economic development towards environmental sustainability. Students will attend a state-of-the-art Master's programme, while enjoying a close contact with business and government organisations through guest lecturers, internships, and Master's thesis research. You will also benefit from developing a strong alumni network spanning countries and continents. The programme is supported financially by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and 20 of only 30 students per batch shall be from countries in Southeast Asia (ASEAN).

A tuition fee of around NOK 50,000 shall be paid to UGM (Indonesia) for the two first semesters. For Norwegian students, this cost will be covered by a stipend and loan from Lånekassen.

What do you learn?

Students will learn interdisciplinary approaches to addressing the most critical sustainability issues, such as high-level urbanisation, energy supply, the vulnerable clean water and food securities, air pollution, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and the general effects of global climate change.

After completing the programme, you will be able to apply critical, ethical, and holistic perspectives and analyses in the management of business or government organisations towards economic efficiency, while minimising negative environmental impacts. Students will obtain a solid knowledge in typical business school disciplines, such as financial and marketing management, ethics, leadership, and organisational behaviour. You will also learn about specific technical and managerial challenges and solutions in relevant fields, such as energy supply, food security, and global climate change.

Through close collaboration with vanguard private businesses and government agencies in coursework, internships and thesis research, you will, after graduation, be able to combine various academic competencies and practical experiences in identifying, planning and implementing novel managerial strategies for merging economic progress and environmental sustainability in different societal contexts. The compulsory internship arrangement is crucial and contributes to the relevance of the learning outcome. It will also help students to find relevant employment and make successful careers after graduation.

Application deadline
Entry requirements

a. A Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS). Suitable academic backgrounds are from economics, management, life sciences, engineering, political science, geography, or law. Students with other relevant higher education may also apply.

b. A minimum of two years’ relevant work experience

c. Proof of English language proficiency

i. IELTS Academic - The British Council's International English Language Testing Service - minimum overall score of 6.0

ii. TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language - minimum score of 80 (internet-based), 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based)

iii. Equivalent tests

For more details see admission requirements on the programme's webpage.

Tuition No tuition fee
Degree level Experience-based master
City Kristiansand
Credits 120.0
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