Graduate Study

The Master in Sustainable Development Management

JPT/BPP(U) (N/345/7/1075/PA9793) 04/23

“The essence of sustainable development in practice is scientifically and morally based problem solving. We need a globally coordinated effort to move from business as usual to sustainable development. Every part of the world needs to be involved in problem solving, in brainstorming, and in determining new and creative ways to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth.” – Jeffrey D. Sachs



About the Master's


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 organisations 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.


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.  




The program intake is in January. Applications close on 30 November.


Program Structure


Students are required to complete seven Core Modules, five Elective Modules and a Research Project. The course structure is as follows:


Year 1

Semester 1
Jan to Apr
Economics of Sustainability Management Earth’s Climate System Sustainable Management and Operations
Semester 2
May to Jun
Research Methods Elective I
Semester 3
Sep to Dec
Corporate Sustainability Strategies Finance and Sustainability Social Entrepreneurship and Development Research Project I


Year 2

Semester 4
Jan to Apr
Elective II Elective III Elective IV Elective V
Semester 5
May to Jun
Research Project II


Choice of Electives:

  1. Global Foundation Course: Introduction to Sustainable Development
  2. Fundamentals of Urban Sustainability
  3. Water Resource Management
  4. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
  5. Sustainable Engineering and Industrial Ecology
  6. Energy Systems and Management
  7. Innovative Sustainable Leadership
  8. Sustainable Urban Practices
  9. Sustainable Economic Development
  10. Climate and Water Resources
  11. Sustainable Forestry
  12. Sustainable Transportation


Research Project

The research must follow a recognised 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 organisation, 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 the 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.

 Download Application Form

As part of your application, you will need to nominate two referees who are senior people acquainted with your work and who must provide a 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


For more information or to apply, please email the Academic Director, Professor Leong Choon Heng.








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