MSc in Sustainable Business Leadership

  • Degree: Degree of Master of Science in Sustainable Business Leadership
  • Level: Post-graduate
  • Language: English
  • Application deadline: 3 months before the semester starts.
  • Duration: 1 year (2 semesters), 60 credits
  • Fees: 3,500 USD per semester
  • Classes: Online/Remote


Sustainable business leadership is an essential field that combines sustainability and business practices to address environmental and social challenges while creating economic value. The master’s program in sustainable business leadership at the Swedish Open University is designed to address the growing demand for professionals with expertise in sustainable business practices and leadership. It also meets the needs of individuals seeking to work in sustainability-focused organizations or in roles that require a deep understanding of sustainability issues. The program is also well-suited for individuals seeking to make a positive impact on the environment and on society while developing their leadership skills and business acumen. It provides the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary to create sustainable business strategies, practices, and operations.

The master’s program at the Swedish Open University covers a range of topics related to sustainable business practices, including sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, circular economy, and environmental management.

Overall, the master's program at the Swedish Open University is an excellent choice for individuals who want to lead organizations towards sustainability while driving innovations, generating economic value, and having a positive social and environmental impact. Graduates can pursue a range of careers related to sustainability and business and can play a vital role in creating a more sustainable world. On completion of the program, graduates will be well-equipped to pursue careers in various industries, including sustainable business, sustainable financing, renewable energy, and social entrepreneurship. They will have developed a strong foundation in sustainable business knowledge and leadership skills that can be applied to diverse professional settings. Graduates will be well-positioned to become the leaders of the next generation of socially and environmentally responsible business professionals.

Program Learning Outcomes and Objectives

On completion of the program, students will be able to:

Develop a deep understanding of the principles and practices of a sustainable business and apply this knowledge to create innovative business models that contribute to sustainable development.
Assess the environmental and social impact of businesses, and design effective strategies to minimize the negative impacts and maximize the positive ones.
Demonstrate leadership skills and effectively communicate with stakeholders to build trust and foster collaborations in sustainable business practices.
Develop an entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to identify and evaluate opportunities for creating sustainable businesses.
Collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders, including non-profits, governments, and investors for achieving sustainability goals.

Program Structure

The master's program is a 1-year program that consists of 60 credits. The program is designed for working professionals and is delivered online, making it accessible to individuals from all over the world and allowing students to study at their own pace following their own schedule. The program includes the following courses:

1. Sustainable Business Perspectives (7.5)
2. Sustainable Business Models and Values (7.5)
3. Responsible Leadership (7.5)
4. Organizational Behavior (7.5)
5. Research Methods in Business (7.5)
6. Environmental Management and Sustainability Reporting (5)
7. Circular Economy and Sustainable Supply Chain Management (7.5)

Thesis or Research Project (10)

The project is an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills to a real-world sustainability challenge faced by an organization. The project allows students to apply their knowledge and skills to a real-world sustainability challenge, providing them with valuable experience and skills. Students will work in teams to develop a sustainability strategy and implementation plan for a partner organization. The project will be presented to a panel of experts who will evaluate it and provide feedback.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can pursue a range of careers in social entrepreneurship, including:

Sustainability Managers
Corporate Social Responsibility Managers
Sustainability Consultants
Sustainable Supply Chain Managers
Sustainable Product and Service Developers
Sustainability Analysts

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the master’s program at the Swedish Open University, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
Have a minimum GPA or equivalent of 70 percent.
Provide evidence of proficiency in the English language.
Submit a statement of purpose and a strong interest in the program.
Complete an interview with the program faculty.
Have a minimum of two years of professional work experience.

Tuition and Fees

The tuition fee for the master’s program at the Swedish Open University is 3,500 USD per semester. This does not include additional fees such as textbooks, technology fees, and other course material.

Assessment and evaluation

Student learning will be assessed using a number of methods, including exams, essays, case studies, and projects. Students will also be evaluated on their participation in online discussions and group projects. Course evaluations will be conducted at the end of each course to gather feedback from the students on the effectiveness of the course and the teaching methods used.

Graduation requirements

To graduate from the Bachelor’s Program in at Swedish Open University, students must:

Complete all required courses and earn a minimum of 60 credits for a 1-year program.
Maintain a minimum grade of 60 percent in each course.
Successfully complete a master’s thesis or project.
Meet any additional requirements set by the university.

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